Arelis R. Hernández Reporter covering politics and government at Prince George's County and Maryland January 6 at 12:34 PM Raising the minimum wage, ensuring access to health care and shoring. Assembly when it convenes Wednesday for a 90-day session. Lawmakers are primed to take many champions during their 2018 campaigns, with some Democrats and advocates pushing for a minimum wage, an expansion of prekindergarten, and an individual mandate for health insurance. Meanwhile, Gov. Larry Hogan (R), whose national profile has been in charge of his decisive reelection, has been pledged to continue to achieve lower student debt, attract and retain jobs, increase development in urban areas, improve education and reduce crime. With a large freshman class, including a record number of women, some uncertainty is on tap – especially in the Senate, where the political landscape is shifting with the election of more left-leaning members. "It's a lot of unknown in the sense that there are 44 new members in the House and 17 new members in the Senate," said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert). "We are waiting for some of the ideas. Some of them from the left. "House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said that despite Hogan's victory, Democrats had big wins in November and he is expecting the new members in the Democratic-controlled legislature. to push for the minimum wage, criminal justice reform and improving the environment, including a mandate that half of Maryland's energy 2030.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – DECEMBER 6: Sen. Sarah Elfreth, center, is the youngest woman to serve in the Maryland state Senate. She is being addressed by Joy Walker, the Office administrator for Sen. Thomas V. Miller Jr., the president of the Maryland Senate during a lunch at the Senate lounge. On the left are senators Jason C. Gallion and Antonio Hayes. There is a large number of women who are joining the Maryland General Assembly. The freshman class has one of its largest groups of women. (photo by Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post) Despite a delay in final recommendations from the Kirwan Commission, an education panel has been created to overhaul the state's public schools and devise funding formulas to pay for it, Busch and Miller the top of the Democratic agenda. The commission's preliminary recommendations include expanding early-childhood education, increasing teacher pay and boosting spending on special education. The panel estimates the cost of those programs at $ 3.8 billion annually for the next 10 years. The battle about how the state and local governments will pay that tab is not expected until next year. Democratic lawmakers are preparing to clash with Hogan on budgets, especially his plan to use $ 1.9 billion from casino money for school construction over the next five years, rather than from the Kirwan Commission. Busch said that the policy is just as important, if not more important than the school construction. "It's nice to have a car in the drive but if it does not have a motor in it, it's not going to leave the driveway," he said. "You have the ability to attract the best and the brightest teachers. You have to have early childhood development programs. "Miller, who along with Busch was invited to the governor's mansion for breakfast last week to discuss bipartisanship, said the state is committed to help build and repair schools," but we do not need it "Miller said Hogan, who announced the school's construction funding last month during a news conference, has not discussed the proposal with him or Busch. Miller said during a recent interview that $ 400 million was mandated for school construction last year and the General Assembly has been prepared for as much, if not more, this year. "The money from MGM needs to be in the classrooms to lower the status of teachers, to lower classroom size, to provide pre-employment and education. careers, "he said. Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George's), the incoming chairman of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee who also serves on the Kirwan Commission, said the panel recommended that $ 125 million in casino money is spent on its recommendations. Lawmakers could also apply for a minimum wage of $ 10.10 an hour to $ 15. They may also be on parole reform, and a new stage for the Washington Redskins. There will also be a discussion on the University of Maryland. Jordan McNair. Miller, who is marking his 44th year in the General Assembly, sounded optimistic about the prospects of a $ 15 minimum wage in the state, blame Miller for blame Miller for blocking. "We're going to pass that," he said. "It's just a question of how." Hogan would not say whether he supports another hike in the minimum wage, but he said he would not do anything that hurt the state's economy. "I said," he said. "I do not want to kill jobs or small businesses. . . I want to make sure we do not do something fast that is going to hurt the people it's supposed to help. We've got a look at that. "Hogan said during a recent interview that he does not support an individual mandate for health insurance. "It's forcing people to do things against their will," he said. "We're open to any kind of solution, but. . . I'm not in favor of penalizing people. "Busch and Miller said they knew nothing about Hogan's plans to secure federal land for the Redskins to build a new stage at Prince George's County. Hogan has said no tax money would be used to build the stage. But the presiding officers said the stage would need infrastructure, including sidewalks, sewer, and roads. Busch opposes it and Miller has questions about using land that is rich in history. The legislature and the Hogan administration are working together on criminal justice reform. . Del. Kathleen Dumais (D-Montgomery), who will serve as the House Majority Leader, said the legislature will start laying the groundwork for the juvenile justice system. Hogan said recently that he or she will join the Democratic-controlled legislature on whether or not Maryland will join a host of other states that have legalized sports betting. Busch wants the taxes from sports betting to be used to support the education commission recommendations. Another revenue generator that some lawmakers are eyeing: legalizing recreational marijuana for adults. But, similar to sports betting, Miller said, legalizing marijuana would be a ballot initiative and would do things up the year. Several pieces of legislation are aimed at voting violence in Baltimore. Miller has suggested adding new police officers and creating a police academy at Coppin State. He also supports John's Hopkins University's plan to create its own police department, an idea that sparked outrage from Sen.-elect. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City). Washington, who is a veteran Democrat in the Primary, applauded Miller for working with the city but is "strongly and unconditionally opposed to any proposal that would allow Johns Hopkins University to be a private police force." She said she worries about setting a precedent or allowing a "single, powerful, well-funded institution" the ability to have policing powers. "Who is next Under Armor, Amazon, a neighborhood association in my district?" She asked.