Speaker Adrienne Jones Community Update

We did it! The 2022 Legislative Session has come to an end, and for the first time in two years, we ended the session in-person celebrating the work we’ve done for the people of Maryland.
Year after year, we do our very best to make life better for Maryland residents – particularly now, after a two-year pandemic where we were challenged to help people recover and stabilize our economy.
We’re fueling economic recovery from the bottom up and are reinforcing the very foundation of our economy – Maryland’s families. We:
  • Provided record tax relief to help struggling Marylanders recover from the pandemic.
  • Passed the most significant action on climate we have seen anywhere in the country.
  • Passed paid family and medical leave so Marylanders have a safety net when they have a baby or have a medical emergency.
  • Secured an astounding $800M for the Blueprint and additional education funding to deliver world-class public schools and give every student a chance to succeed regardless of their zip code.
  • Addressed rising crime by increasing judicial transparency, providing record levels of public safety funding and by getting unregistered and stolen guns off the street.
  • Prepared for some of the most restrictive abortion actions that we’ve seen in a generation by expanding access to reproductive care and expanding access to healthcare for those most in need.
  • Created more equity in our justice system by reforming unjust laws and rethinking outdated drug policies.
We ended this session in a way where no one gets left behind in post-pandemic recovery. I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished and am confident that our work during the session will provide everyone in Maryland an opportunity for a better future.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Bill Signing
This Tuesday’s Bill signing was the first time since the beginning of the pandemic where citizens, lawmakers and advocates came in person to witness the signing of 79 bills into law. These bills are just a fraction of what we’ve accomplished this session to fuel economic recovery from the bottom up. We responded to Marylanders’ immediate needs and to some immediate threats to our values and way of life. We do our best to make life better for every Marylander.
COMMUNITY UPDATE
NEW BALTIMORE COUNTY GRANTS SUPPORTING ARTS, SCIENCE AND CULTURE
Applications are now open for Fiscal Year 2023 Project Grants to support not for-profit organizations that offer visual and performing arts, science and humanities programs. Organizations both in and near Baltimore County may apply for grants to support events and programs that take place in Baltimore County. Grant awards can vary from $1000-$9,500. Grant applications are now available on the County website and will be accepted by mail and in person.
The deadline for applying is Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 4 p.m.
DISTRICT 10 LEGISLATIVE SCHOLARSHIP
The District 10 Legislative Scholarship is currently available to students living in District 10. Eligible high school, undergraduate, and graduate students can receive at least $200 to use to help further their education. Unofficial transcripts will NOT be accepted this year. Applications need to be returned by mail only. Applications must be postmarked by May 2nd, 2022. For questions about the scholarship or application process, email Alonza.Williams@mlis.state.md.us. Students living outside of District 10 should contact their State Delegate about scholarship awards. Click HERE to download the application.
2022 TAX SEASON
Until April 18th, the Comptroller of Maryland has telephone assistance available to answer Personal Income Tax questions. Assistance is available from 8:30am to 7:00pm, Monday through Friday except on State Holidays. They can be reached at 410-260-7980 from Central Maryland or at 1-800-MD-TAXES. You can also email any questions to taxhelp@marylandtaxes.gov.
For taxpayers who are currently on payment plans for tax payments and who are having hardship making those payments, can email the Individual Collections Section at COVID19@marylandtaxes.gov for assistance.
COVID VACCINE DISTRIBUTION
COVID-19 rapid home test kits for Baltimore County residents are distributed at Baltimore County Public Libraries as they become available.
The Baltimore County Department of Health is providing in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound county residents. If you would like to schedule an in-home vaccination appointment or have questions about this service, send an email to homebound@baltimorecountymd.gov.
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