Montgomery County State Delegation Announces 2007 Session Wins

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS
Annapolis, MD (April 19, 2007) - The 32-member Montgomery County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly announced the 2007 legislative session wins for Montgomery County.

  • $52.3 million for public school construction.  Every state dollar leverages one local dollar, resulting in more than $105 million available to improve school infrastructure for the county this year.
  • Over $6.6 million for 21 local capital projects including - Birchmere Music Hall in downtown Silver Spring, completion of Glen Echo Park, Germantown Incubator to foster new high tech businesses and the Woodstock Equestrian Center with programs for disadvantaged and disabled children and adults.
  • This year's operating budget includes over $23 million to support stem cell research - a 50% increase over last year.   Montgomery County is the home to the majority of bioscience companies in the state and these firms will be the direct beneficiaries of this investment.
  • $527 million is direct state aid for Education, representing a $56.1 million or 12% increase over last year.
  • Several statewide bills passed of importance to Montgomery County including the Clean Indoor Act passed banning indoor smoking, the Clean Cars Act requiring motor vehicles sold in Maryland to meet much stricter emissions standards by 2011 and an in-state tuition freeze.
  • Successfully worked to fully fund Program Open Space, dedicate the Transportation Trust Fund only for transportation purposes and restore the Office of Smart Growth.
  • The General Assembly also adopted legislation to require state contractors to pay a "living wage" to their employees - which reflects a local law already on the books in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County
Direct State Operating Aid Funding Comparison

Fiscal Years 2007 and 2008
CATEGORY OF AID
Fiscal 2007
Fiscal 2008 DIFFERENCE
FY08 vs.FY 07
% Inc.
Education 341,138,088 396,518,793 55,380,705 16.2%
Libraries 2,396,394 2,597,232 200,838 8.4%
Community College 32,957,046 40,173,736 7,216,690 21.9%
Health 5,225,108 5,417,387 162,279 3.1%
Public Safety 16,319,754 16,527,135 207,831 1.3%
Transportation 45,904,253 46,410,790 506,537 1.1%
Program Open Space 24,291,038 16,693,705 -7,597,333 -31.3%
Utility Property Tax Grant 2,765,553 2,765,553 0 0.0%
DIRECT AID TOTAL 471,027,234 527,104,331 56,077,097 11.9%

 

 

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