Earlier today, I attended the official swearing-in of Governor Larry Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford in the Senate Chamber. We then moved outside for the public ceremony. With the backdrop of our historic State House, it featured remarks by Montgomery County’s former County Executive Ike Leggett and Florida’s former Governor, Jeb Bush. Although I had hoped for a different election outcome, I will continue to work with the Hogan Administration on many key policy issues affecting our State.
January 16, 2019
I hope you are staying safe and warm in the snowy winter weather. There are no “snow days” here, so I’ve got a lot to report. Covered here are the Inaugural, the UnNaugural Concert, and more!
Spotlight: Inaugurating Gov. Hogan for a Second Term
Responding to the Trump Shutdown
President Trump’s short-sighted thinking has resulted in the longest federal government shutdown in American history. His unwillingness to compromise has placed a significant burden on the 800,000 furloughed workers and individuals who rely on government services, including thousands in my Rockville and Gaithersburg district. Dozens of my Senate colleagues and I co-signed a letter to the White House, urging the President to work across the aisle to reopen the government. We informed him that many federal workers “are faced with dire consequences as they have stopped receiving the salaries that they depend upon to meet their most basic needs.”
According to the Comptroller, the Trump Shutdown has cost Maryland residents $778 million in missed wages; $57.5 million in state and local income taxes; and $2.5 million in lost sales taxes. Some residents have even faced eviction notices, forcing them to sell personal belongings just to make ends meet! I’m hoping for a conclusion to this stalemate very soon.
Attend the UnNaugural on Friday!
Five singer/songwriters will perform at the Cultural Arts Center on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring: John Flynn, Catie Curtis, Elena & Los Fulanos, Tom Prasada-Rao, and Cheryl Wheeler.Whether or not you’re planning to attend the Women’s March on Washington the next day, the UnNaugural Concert is the perfect way to gather with progressive friends and neighbors to speak out, enjoy live music, and support nonprofit organizations making a difference!
Calling for a Local Pubic Hearing on I-270 Plans
In collaboration with my District 17 colleagues, I insisted that Transportation Secretary Rahn fulfill the commitment he made to me at the annual “Road Show” last October. At that time, he pledged to hold a public hearing in Rockville and/or Gaithersburg on the various Hogan proposals regarding I-270 and I-495. It’s imperative that local residents have a forum to voice their concerns. I look forward to the Secretary keeping his promise and scheduling a hearing in a timely manner.
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Cheryl C. Kagan
State Senator, District 17
(Rockville & Gaithersburg)