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Ross Report from Maryland General Assembly & the Riverdale-Hyattsville Community

Delegate Justin Ross reports:

Budget

Despite a very tough economy, the House Appropriation's Committee has put forward a budget that will uphold our historic investment in public education. Namely, the House of Delegates has included $5.3 billion for public education, which represent a $183 million increase over last year. Additionally, due to some very tough negotiating on the part of the Prince George's Delegation during the special session, the budget also includes $76 million for the Geographic Cost of Education Index, which disproportionately helps Prince George's County.

Prince George's Hospital

There is good news on the Prince George's Hospital front. A bill is working its way through the legislature that will set up an independent hospital authority that will be tasked with running a "request for proposal" process to sell the entire hospital system and bring about a world class heath care system in Prince George's County. After many years of hard work and tough negotiations, the Governor, the House of Delegates, the State Senate, the County Executive, and the County Council are all on the same page.

High-Tech Cigarette Tax Stamps

I have proposed legislation (The High-Tech Tax Stamp Act) that will change the type of tobacco tax stamp that the State of Maryland uses. This may seem like an arcane tax policy; however, the State of Maryland has a serious tax evasion and counterfeiting problem with our tobacco tax stamp. According to the ATF, Maryland loses over $100 million in tobacco tax revenue and this legislation will help bring in some of that money. This additional revenue can help pay for many of the worthwhile programs and services that Maryland residents deserve.

Community Notes

I would like to extend congratulations to the Riverdale Park community. Working alongside Councilman Eric Olson, Riverdale Park Mayor Vernon Archer, local civic associations, and members of the faith community, we were able to stop a liquor store from coming to a part of Riverdale Park that already has too many liquor establishments.

---Events around the 22nd District---

Kids' Day Off
Prince George's Plaza Community Center, Hyattsville

March 21st at 2:30-4:30 pm

Ages 8-13, free admission

Reservations required by March 19th!

Information: 301-864-1611


Magical Bunny Romp Show & Egg Hunt
Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Road

March 22nd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Ages 3-10, free admission
Information: 301-552-1093


Prince George's County Library System Workshops:

Teenage Job Seekers


Hyattsville Public Library

March 27th at 7:00 pm

New Carrollton Public Library

March 29th at 1:00 pm


Prince George's County Library System Workshops:

Resume and Application Building


Hyattsville Public Library

March 31st at 7:00 pm

New Carrollton Public Library

March 29th at 1:00 pm

Space is limited, call the library to register!

Hyattsville Branch: 301-985-4690

New Carrollton Branch: 301-459-6900

19th Annual Lecture Series on African History and Culture

African Beginnings on Humanity & the Origins of Race


New Carrollton Public Library

April 1st at 7:00 pm

Warriors with Words:

How Freedom Narratives and the Black Press Fought Slavery


New Carrollton Public Library

April 15th at 7:00 pm

Saint Mary's Church Spring Fling

Featuring the Live Music from Mr. Dehrric Richburg & Company

at the St. Mary's Parish Burgundy Room


April 19th from 8:00 pm to Midnight

Tickets available at the Church Office!

Information: Rod Smith, 240-678-3504

---Volunteer Opportunities---

One Sister to Another Outreach Ministries, Inc.

-nonprofit organization that assists abused and disadvantaged women

-for more information or to volunteer please call 301-408-4343

www.onesistertoanother.com

The National Cherry Blossom Festival

-seeks volunteers for festival events scheduled from March 29th through April 13th

-for more information or to sign-up please visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or call 202-626-1130

The Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission

-seeking instructors for beginner classes in computers, yoga, hand dancing and sewing

-all classes are held at the Langley Park Senior Center

-for more information please call 301-408-4343


Camp Fire USA

-a coed development program for youth ages 3 to 21

-seeks volunteers to plan and implement weekly activities, training provided

-located in Capitol Heights and Greenbelt

-for more information please call Rosemary Pezzuto at 301-346-7860



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