For the first time in decades, Maryland swore in new individuals to every statewide constitutional office. That changing of the guard, including a new Governor, Lt. Governor, Comptroller, and Attorney General, has created a more cohesive State government with a level of partnership between the executive and Maryland General Assembly that hasn’t existed for nearly a decade.
As a result of that increased level of collaboration, we were able to truly make the most of our 90-day legislative session despite an increased level of economic uncertainty and difficult budgetary decisions. Because it is the first year of a term, our goal is to put Maryland on a path to prosperity and advance issues that will define the next four years. I am incredibly proud to say that we accomplished those objectives.
We made historic investments in public education through the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, created a path to economic prosperity for working families by accelerating the State’s $15 an hour minimum wage, and responded to the recent extreme United States Supreme Court decisions by safeguarding the right to abortion access and increasing public safety by limiting the number of guns in our communities. Yesterday, Governor Moore, Speaker Jones, and I signed the first batch of those bills into law.
Every decision the Maryland General Assembly made this year was from a lens of expanding opportunity for as many residents as possible. After a hard-fought 90-days in Annapolis, I look forward to serving Maryland’s 46th Legislative District back home until the 2024 Legislative Session kicks off next January.