Jimmy's Maryland State Delegate website is now at jimmytarlau.org.
Scholarships Available - Sunday, February 15, 2015
MD State Delegates have some money for Scholarships for 2015 - 2016
The Delegate Scholarship Program was enacted into law by the Maryland General Assembly in 1957. The Scholarship Program provides funds for enrollment in undergraduate, graduate or professional studies at approved colleges, universities and private career (or vocational) schools in the State of Maryland.
Who may apply: Current high school seniors and full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Students attending a private career school may also apply. You must live in District 47A to apply for my scholarship. Please go to http://mdelect.net
to make sure I am one of the delegates for the applicant. Once you know who your delegates are, you can contact the General Assembly at 301-858-3000 to speak to someone in their office about their specific scholarship application. All majors are eligible. You must plan to attend a Maryland College, University or private career school. The private career school must have the approval of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Applicants may be eligible for scholarship assistance to attend out-of-state colleges, universities or private career schools if they are enrolling in an academic program which is not offered in a Maryland college, university, or private career school (however, the Maryland Higher Education Commission must grant a “unique major” status for these applicants).
When to apply: Complete and file the FAFSA (Application For Financial Aid) by March 1, 2015. This form may be obtained from high school guidance counselors, in high school libraries, or from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 6 N. Liberty St., Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone (410) 767-3300, or http://www.mhec.state.md.us/
. Contact my office in February for further instructions.
Selection Criteria: Selection is based on a combination of factors, not solely on
grade point average. All students are encouraged to apply.
How to apply: Click here
to download the application; just print it out, complete the form, and mail it to me at the address on the bottom of p. 2 of the application.
For more information about the scholarship program: http://www.mhec.state.md.us/financialaid/programdescriptions/prog_delegate.asp
Bills I'm Working On - Saturday, February 7, 2015
While most of the discussion in Annapolis this session is on Governor’s Hogan’s budget and its potential negative impact on Prince George’s County and the 47th District, I’m also trying to move the discussion in a constructive direction, by working on new bills that reflect issues that I campaigned on when I was running for state Delegate.
Tax Fairness: I am working with Senator Paul Pinsky and Delegates Anne Healey and Andrew Platt on a package of three bills that will address some of the inequities in our state’s tax system. This is something voters care about, and it was reflected in the election results. Here are the bills:
Changing the Tax Brackets: This bill would lower the tax rates for families with MD State income of between $3,000 and $50,000, and raise the tax rates for those families making over $500,000. This proposal is revenue neutral: it would not add or decrease the state’s revenue.
Limiting the Inheritance Tax Break: Last year the legislature decided to increase the portion of an estate that is free of tax from $1 million to $5 million over the next four years. The state just can’t afford this kind of tax break; it needs the money to balance the budget. This year the tax-free level is set at $1.5 million. Our bill would freeze the untaxed level at $1.5 million; amounts over that level would be subject to estate tax. By not allowing this amount to increase, the state is saved over $100 million.
Combined Reporting: Companies that are based outside of Maryland but have subsidiaries in Maryland do not pay Maryland income tax on their subsidiaries. This bill would enable the state to collect taxes on these subsidiaries. The additional money would be used for tax relief for small businesses. It would specifically go to help with their filing fees.
Stopping the Revolving Door: I believe there is too much coziness between the lobbyists who work for large companies and people in the state legislature. It makes it harder for the regular person to have influence in government. Currently, someone can go directly from working in the governor’s office to a lobbying job in Annapolis, bringing along cozy relationships with legislators and former colleagues. My bill would mandate a two-year cooling-off period for anyone who works for the Governor in matters dealing with legislation, before becoming a lobbyist. It would also increase the amount of cooling-off time for a legislator who is becoming a lobbyist, from one to two years. (The bill is not everything I would like it to be, but it is a start.)
Taking on the Utilities
Removing Double Poles - Double poles are duplicate utility poles that exist when the electric company puts in a new pole and the old pole is not taken out. There are thousands of these double poles in our neighborhoods; they are an eyesore and, in some cases, hazardous. I am working with Delegate Charles Barkley on a bill that would make the electric company coordinate with the other utilities within 90 days of the date that the new pole is put in, and would make them take out the old pole 90 days after the wires have been transferred from the old pole to the new pole. There would be a $250/day fine if these deadlines are not met.
Pepco and Trees - We are finding out that Pepco is removing instead of pruning large trees in our community, despite local ordinances that protect our community’s large trees. My bill would make Pepco respect any local ordinance that a city county has written up limiting the removal of large trees without looking at suitable alternatives.
FIOS Backup Battery – A number of people have complained that with Verizon’s FIOS, the backup battery goes bad and has to be replaced at $30-$50 a backup unit. Folks were not told about this when they purchased the FIOS service and should not have to pay for the new batteries. This bill would make Verizon replace these batteries free of charge.
Candidate Access to Apartments – I have been concerned that residents who live in apartment buildings are not as involved in the political process as home owners. One reason is that candidates do not have the ability to knock on doors and talk to apartment dwellers about the current political issues. This bill (modeled after a law in Minnesota) would enable a candidate to have limited access to an apartment building in order to talk to potential voters. Apartment dwellers can opt out by saying that they do not want to be talked to.
Tax Differential Report – Tax differentials are the amount that residents in municipalities have their county tax reduced because their local government performs some functions that the County would otherwise perform, such as policing or trash pickup. The tax differential rate in each municipality is different, but there is no report that explains why the rates are different and what services are performed in each city. This bill would mandate that Prince George’s County issue such a report so the municipalities can make better informed decisions on what services are best for the residents in their towns.
Cumulative Impact – I am working with Dr. Clarence Lam, a freshman delegate from Howard County, on a bill that would not allow a permit to be issued in an industrial park for a new facility until there is a study of all of the facilities in the area that have emissions that are unhealthy for neighbors in the surrounding area. This is a big issue in the 47th District for residents in the Cedar Heights and South Cheverly communities near the industrial park on Sheriff Road.
Senior Volunteer Corps – One of my constituents, Rose Fituwi, made a great suggestion: she proposed that we tap into the retirement community in forming a cadre of volunteers who could help some of the local jurisdictions with some of their services. My bill would create a Senior Volunteer Corps in the Governor’s office which would facilitate connecting seniors interested in volunteering with local governments in need of assistance. I think it’s a great idea, and a good example about how someone’s idea can actually develop into a piece of legislation.
Honestly, I do not expect many of my bills to pass this year. Sometimes it takes 3-4 years for good legislation to get passed, and some of the bills are going against some strong special interests. But I believe it is important to push the envelope. That is why people elected me.
Governor's New Budget - Saturday, January 31, 2015 Last Wednesday the new Governor, Larry Hogan, was sworn into office. On Friday he issued his new budget. The budget calls for over $1 billion in cuts, which will have a very negative impact on our County and District 47. Here is my first take on the budget and its implications.
Some good news:
There is $30 million for the Regional Hospital planned for Prince George’s County. This means that the project can go forward.
Some mixed news:
There is still money in the capital budget for the proposed Purple Line that will link Montgomery and Prince George’s County and will bring lots of jobs into our County. However, the Governor has not committed to going ahead with the project, and said he will be conducting a review and will make a decision on the project later in the spring.
Now the really bad news:
State aid for education is cut by $143 million, and the Geographic Cost of Education Index which helps Prince George’s County has been cut in half.
Overall, Prince George’s County will lose over $40 million from what was supposed to be in the budget for the County.
Here are some of the impacts.
• Elimination of over 600 teaching positions.
• Increase in average class size from 25 to 31.
• Elimination of all art, music, band and PE programs at elementary schools
• Elimination specialty programs such as: advanced placement, aeronautics, career academies, language immersion, homeland security, IT High School.
State employees will receive a 2% pay cut. They are bearing the brunt of the Governor’s budget cuts.
There will be another 2% across-the-board cut for state departments, which will result in reduction of many important state services.
There will be a cut of over $160 million in Medicaid provider rates, which will mean that doctors and other providers won’t provide services for many of our residents most in need.
You can be sure that there will be a lot of discussion of these budget issues over the next 75 days.
Our delegation will do everything possible to try and protect our county and our district.
47th Legislative District Annapolis Night
Monday February 16th: 6 to 8 PM
Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis
Meet Your Representatives – Light Buffet Provided – Limited Bus Transportation Available
Letter from February 1, 2007
My First Week In Annapolis
(Jan. 17, 2015)PG County Delegation Holds Local Hearings
(Jan. 17, 2015)My Committee Assignment
(Jan. 9, 2015)Preparing for the New Session
(Jan. 1, 2015)Jimmy's Nov 2014 Ward Report
(Nov. 23, 2014)Jimmy's Campaign Web-site
(Jan. 6, 2014)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Jan. 6, 2014)Jimmy's Campaign Web-site
(Nov. 30, 2013)Announcement
(Oct. 19, 2013)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Oct. 8, 2013)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Jul. 26, 2013)Jimmy's Ward Report
(May. 15, 2013)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Apr. 15, 2013)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Apr. 15, 2013)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Mar. 3, 2013)Researching Your House In Mount Rainier
(Jan. 13, 2013)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Dec. 27, 2012)Mount Rainier Picks Developers for Gateway Arts District Project
(Nov. 13, 2012)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Oct. 31, 2012)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Sep. 23, 2012)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Jul. 15, 2012)Jimmy Ward's Report
(Apr. 22, 2012)
(Apr. 1, 2012)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Apr. 1, 2012)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Feb. 19, 2012)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Dec. 19, 2011)Upcoming Activities and A Short Ward Report
(Nov. 7, 2011)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Oct. 10, 2011)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Sep. 13, 2011)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Jul. 3, 2011)Mt. Rainier Announcements and Upcoming Events
(May. 12, 2011)Mount Rainier Election Forum
(Apr. 24, 2011)Celebration In Honor of Councilman Bryan Knedler
(Apr. 23, 2011)A Look at the Mount Rainier Budget
(Apr. 18, 2011)Announcements and Upcoming Events
(Apr. 15, 2011)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Mar. 19, 2011)Message from the Chief of Police
(Mar. 11, 2011)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Feb. 5, 2011)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Dec. 23, 2010)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Nov. 24, 2010)Upcoming Area Events
(Nov. 10, 2010)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Oct. 29, 2010)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Oct. 29, 2010)
(Oct. 16, 2010)
(Oct. 2, 2010)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Sep. 24, 2010)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Sep. 10, 2010)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Aug. 8, 2010)Jimmy's Ward Report
(May. 27, 2010)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Apr. 5, 2010)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Feb. 22, 2010)Listing of New Tax Assessments
(Dec. 31, 2009)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Dec. 27, 2009)Public Hearing on City's Plans to Purchase Properties
(Dec. 7, 2009)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Nov. 14, 2009)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Oct. 12, 2009)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Jul. 12, 2009)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Jun. 19, 2009)Jimmy's Ward Report
(May. 14, 2009)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Apr. 11, 2009)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Mar. 8, 2009)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Feb. 8, 2009)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Dec. 23, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Dec. 11, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Nov. 22, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Nov. 8, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Oct. 19, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Sep. 22, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Sep. 10, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Aug. 24, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Jul. 27, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Jul. 5, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Jun. 12, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(May. 25, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(May. 18, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(May. 10, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Apr. 3, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Mar. 9, 2008)Eminent Domain Resolution To Be Discussed At TuesdayÃs Council Meeting
(Feb. 24, 2008)Immigration Resolution Tabled
(Feb. 20, 2008)Important Upcoming Meetings In Mt. Rainier
(Feb. 10, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report
(Feb. 3, 2008)Ward Report - Jan 20, 2008
(Jan. 20, 2008)Jimmy's Ward Report's Ward Report Dec 23 2007
(Dec. 24, 2007)Jimmy's Ward Report's Ward Report - December 6 2007
(Dec. 6, 2007)Craft Show & Police Reports
(Nov. 29, 2007)Ward 1 Report - Nov. 23, 2007
(Nov. 23, 2007)Leaf Pick-up Schedule
(Nov. 18, 2007)Jimmy's Ward Report's Ward 1 Report - October 18
(Oct. 19, 2007)Report from Emergency Neighborhood Watch Meeting
(Oct. 9, 2007)Report from Oct 2 Council Meeting
(Oct. 5, 2007) Report from Meeting with Developer Bob Holland
(Sep. 27, 2007)Report from Tues. Sept. 18th Council Meeting
(Sep. 22, 2007)A Few Upcoming Meetings and Events in and around Mt. Rainier
(Sep. 14, 2007)
(Sep. 13, 2007)Jimmy's Ward Report's Ward 1 Report Sept. 12 2007
(Sep. 13, 2007)Jimmy's Ward Report's Ward 1 Report Sept. 6 2007
(Sep. 10, 2007)Report from July 17th Council Meeting
(Jul. 24, 2007)Report from July 10th Meeting
(Jul. 15, 2007)Report from June 19th Council Meeting
(Jun. 23, 2007)Rumors, Postings and A Little Sadness
(Jun. 23, 2007)June 16th Report
(Jun. 21, 2007)Report from June 5th Council Meeting
(Jun. 10, 2007)The Town Budget and Two Hour Parking Meters
(Jun. 1, 2007)Budget Discussions
(May. 25, 2007)Report from May 15th Council Meeting
(May. 18, 2007)News
(Apr. 16, 2007)
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