The 2016 Maryland Budget: Fighting for Prince George’s County
Monday, February 1st, 2016 @ 6:49PM
Last week, the Administration introduced a $42.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2017 and after having a chance to review the numbers, I have the following concerns:
Thanks to prior actions taken by the General Assembly, the Administration was required to fully fund top priorities such as K-12 and higher education in this budget. However, in the current year’s budget Prince George’s County has significantly fewer education dollars than in previous years as the Governor chose not to release additional funds slated and budgeted for our county.
The Governor’s budget also eliminates 650 state jobs, including over 150 currently filled positions. This decision means that many dedicated public servants will be losing their jobs and could lead to privatization and outsourcing these positions.
Unlike in previous years, the Governor has not dedicated money in the capital budget for bond bills, depriving local communities all across Maryland of millions of dollars of funding for community projects.
Additionally, the Governor has opted for the second year in a row not to provide any operating funds for the new Prince George’s County regional hospital.
It is my hope that by working together we will be able to make progress in passing a budget that protects the priorities of all Marylanders and makes the needed investments to provide for a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.
It remains a great honor to represent our community in the Maryland Senate. If I can be of service to you or anyone you know please call my office at 301-858-3631, or email me at Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us.
Senator Peters – Signature
Senator Douglas J.J. Peters
District 23, Maryland