March 16, 2015 - Council President George Leventhal reacts to County Executive Isiah Leggett’s recommended fiscal year 2016 operating budget. Residents are invited to express their views on the budget at the Council's upcoming public hearings, which are scheduled for mid-April.
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Making Schools Our Top Priority in Rockville and Annapolis
My colleagues and I are working hard to ensure that the county's interests are protected in Annapolis when it comes to funding our schools. On Thursday, March 19 I went to Annapolis to testify in support of House Bill 1193, which would establish a matching state fund for school construction of up to $20 million dollars to fully leverage the county's commitment to increased capital funding to add capacity to our schools and to modernize aging infrastructure.
Following the hearing, County Executive Leggett, Board of Education member Michael Durso and I met with Sheila Hixson in Annapolis to discuss strategies to increase school construction funding during this legislative session.
The day before, Councilmember, and former state delegate, Tom Hucker and I visited House Appropriations Chair Maggie McIntosh & Senate Budget and Tax Chair Senator Ed Kasemeyer to discuss state aid to local school systems. We thanked them for working to restore the cuts to education formula funding in Gov. Hogan's budget proposal and asked them to pass Senator Nancy King and Delegate Sheila Hixson's school construction legislation.
The county is coordinating closely with our delegation leaders, Senator Nancy King and Delegate Shane Robinson, and our entire delegation is doing a great job defending Montgomery County's interests. School construction funding is the number one priority for the council and our county's delegation this legislative session, and we will continue to work collaboratively until we are successful.