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State Delegates Attend Town Hall Meeting in Clarksburg



UpCounty members of the Montgomery County delegation to the Maryland State Legislature attended a Town Hall Meeting in Clarksburg on Tuesday night, April 9.

The event was sponsored by the Clarksburg Village Home Owners Association Board of Directors and held at Wilson Wims Elementary School.

Montgomery County delegation members from District 15 and District 39 spoke to a crowd of about 40 people at the event. In attendance were State Senator Nancy J. King (D - District 39), Del. Charles E. Barkley (D – District 39), Del. Kirill Reznik (D – District 39), and Del. A. Shane Robinson (D – District 39), as well as Del. Kathleen M. Dumais (D – District 15), Del. David V. Fraser-Hidalgo (D – District 15), and Del. Aruna Miller (D – District 15).


All members of the General Assembly delegation were given about five minutes to speak about themselves and their accomplishments in the 2017 legislative session.

Among the biggest accomplishments was the passage of the $43.5 billion state budget. The delegation worked to bring $194.7 million for local projects, including funding for Montgomery County Public Schools. According to Del. Barkley, Montgomery County Public Schools will receive $55.7 million for school construction projects with 10 percent of the total school construction monies still to be allocated. While higher education facilities in Montgomery County will receive $88.7 million for the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Building, and Montgomery College will receive a total of $14.7 million for several projects on the three campus, including the Germantown campus which has been allocated $2.5 million for science and applied studies building.


According to hand out given out by King, “Local schools gain an increase in 2 percent compared to FY17, and fully funds all Thornton formulas and the Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI) as mandated by the Legislature.”

The evening ended with a Q&A session from members of the audience with many questions centered on roads, health care, small business concerns, and education.

Captions:

Top: State Senator Nancy King (D – District 39) addresses folks gathered at the Clarksburg Town Hall on Tuesday, April 9 at Wilson Wims Elementary School.

Next: Del. Charles Barkley (D - District 39) speaks at the Town Hall.

Next: Del. Aruna Miller (D – District 15) speaks about the 2017 legislative session.

Photos courtesy Stephanie Graves.


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