Sparrows Point PartnershipWritten by Johnny O on June 10, 2013
Baltimore County recently unveiled the report from the Sparrows Point Partnership, a collection of business leaders from throughout the region tasked with developing a plan to grow the peninsula – and jobs – in the years ahead. The centerpiece of the group’s report appears to be the redevelopment of Coke Point by the Port of Baltimore. This project should be familiar to residents of the 6th district, as it is something that we... read more >>
End of SessionWritten by Johnny O on April 15, 2013
With 2013 Legislative Session now officially drawn to a close, I am pleased to provide you with my End of Session Report. This overview covers some of the major developments of the session, though space considerations prevent it from covering every issue discussed. As always, my office would be happy to review the issues covered here in further detail, or to discuss any other piece of legislation that you may have an interest in. Please do not hesitate to contact me... read more >>
Gas TaxWritten by Johnny O on April 1, 2013
The 2013 legislative session is rushing to its conclusion at a feverous pace. Just in the past week, the Senate (by one vote) recommitted the HOME Act to committee and effectively ended debate on the issue. The state operating and capital budgets have been unveiled and passed both respective chambers. And unfortunately, a massive gas tax increase has already passed both the House and Senate and will soon become law. I strongly opposed and voted against this... read more >>
Why the HOME Act is good for Eastern Baltimore CountyWritten by Johnny O on March 25, 2013
Early in the 2013 legislative session, I invited every community association leader in the district to a meeting at the North Point Library to discuss Senate Bill 487 and House Bill 902, the Maryland Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act, also known as the “HOME Act.” While I am not the sponsor of the bill, I convened the meeting because I felt very strongly that the legislation could make a difference on a concern I have been hearing a lot about since taking office: a... read more >>
Employment Advancement Right NowWritten by Johnny O on February 10, 2013
It was not too long ago that our national economy suffered from the greatest recession since the Great Depression. While I have always been mindful about ways in which the state can play a role in sustaining and growing jobs, the need to focus in this area has been especially acute in this time of recovery.
That is precisely why I am so happy to report that Governor O’Malley has formally decided to make a proposal that I helped create a part of his... read more >>
Start of 2013 SessionWritten by Johnny O on January 13, 2013
The 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly was called to order on Wednesday, January 9th. During the 90 days ahead, the legislature is set to tackle a wide range of issues important to residents of the 6th district and all of Maryland. I am hopeful that this legislative update will help to serve as a broad overview of what residents can expect to be some of the big issues of the session, with more detailed discussions of some of... read more >>
Homestead Tax CreditWritten by Johnny O on December 7, 2012
With the calendar quickly marching toward the end of the year, we know that we will soon be in full blown holiday mode. In the hustle and bustle that lies ahead, there is an important deadline to which I would like all of the homeowners in District 6 aware.
Beginning on December 31, 2012, homeowners will no longer have the opportunity to verify they are eligible for the Homestead Property Tax Credit. This credit was created to help homeowners deal with large... read more >>
Catholic Charities and HomelessnessWritten by Johnny O on October 25, 2012
Recent discussion about the Catholic Charities of Baltimore’s proposal to co-locate housing for the homeless alongside the preschool and senior housing complex at St. Luke’s Church in Edgemere has again brought the issue of homelessness in Eastern Baltimore County into focus.
While we should be able to agree that the issue merits our attention, we should also agree to approach the challenge in a thoughtful and comprehensive way. I do not... read more >>
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