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Proposed Budgets & Executive Orders in Annapolis!

January 26, 2024

Governor's Budget Proposed


Last week was one of the most important days in the Legislative Session, Governor Wes Moore proposed his FY 2025 budget! Now the budget is in the Legislature's hands, and I'm looking forward to working with my Appropriations Committee colleagues, and my partners in the Senate. I'm particularly happy to see some incredible capital funding proposed, including over $3 Million for Annapolis City Dock that will protect our City from increased flooding due to climate change. I can't wait to update you later this session!!

You can reach me by emailing my office at Dana.jones@house.state.md.us!

 

Stopping Cycles of Crime and Youth Poverty


I am honored to have been invited and present for Governor Wes Moore signing two executive orders this past Tuesday reaffirming the Moore-Miller administration's commitment to fighting child poverty and public safety throughout Maryland. The executive orders establish the Governor’s Office for Children and the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention and Policy.

A large portion of my legislation over the last four sessions have been centered around children and families. So many of my constituents have helped me in the dozens of volunteer efforts and charity centered work I have spearheaded over the years and I am forever grateful.

The Governor’s Office for Children will lead statewide efforts to build a comprehensive network of supports, programs, and services for children and their families to promote social and emotional well-being; reduce food insecurity; combat youth homelessness; expand access to health services; improve education outcomes and job readiness; expand access to good jobs; and increase economic opportunity in sustainable ways. The office will drive a holistic, coordinated approach within state government and across public and private sectors at the federal, state, and local levels.

The Governor’s Office for Crime Prevention and Policy—formerly known as the Governor’s Office for Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services—will serve as the agency of designation for state and federal public safety funding that will support innovative programming to improve public safety outcomes and provide resources to law enforcement and victim services. Dorothy Lennig will continue her service as executive director. Dorothy and I have worked together several times over the years and I am thrilled and thankful for her leadership.

Governor Moore said it beautifully; “Now is the time for us to say in one voice that we refuse to accept childhood poverty and that we refuse to accept cycles of crime for certain children in certain neighborhoods as a fact of life in the State of Maryland. We are going to confront both of these challenges together and this is what these executive orders are all about. We are going to eradicate child poverty, we are going to break cycles of crime in our communities, and we are going to do it together. That is the legacy all of us will leave.

 

Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation 2024 Italian Dinner!



Holy Cannoli This past Saturday, my family & I had an amazing night with Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighters Local 1563 at their Italian Dinner benefiting Anne Arundel Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation. Chef Joe’s home cooked food was out of this world. It reminded both my husband & I of all the union hall dinners we attended growing up. Thank you for all you do to keep Anne Arundel County safe.

 

Fighting for Student Access to Telehealth



This session I’m extremely excited to have reintroduced HB522 - Student Telehealth Appointments - Policy and Access, a critical piece of legislation for Maryland’s students. Stay tuned for updates on its progress!

 

To follow along with the bill, see its page on the MGA website here!

 

Black History Month with MCAAHC!


In honor of Maryland's Year of Civil Rights, kick off Black History Month with the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture!



Inspired by the Black Panther Party’s 10 Point Program, join for a grand celebration at St. John’s College as the MD Commissions on African History and Culture pays homage to the radical Black history makers of Maryland who have fearlessly challenged the status quo and left a lasting mark on history, art, social justice, and culture.





Program highlights include:

◾ A curated conversation with Maryland native and NAACP Image Award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford

◾ Live music by April Sampé & Dem B-More Katz

◾ Black History Month Honorees include Myrtis Bedolla, Carl Snowden, and more

◾ A special pop-up exhibit dedicated to the evening’s honorees

◾ Great food, and much more!


Guaranteed to inspire activism and ignite forward-thinking conversations, join for an evening of honoring the past and calling to action for the present and future.

 

Teen night & Fun at “Pip” Moyer Rec Center!


Teens looking for something to do tonight?

Come by Teen Night at "Pip" Moyer Rec Center TONIGHT Friday, January 26, 2024 from 7-11 PM. It's free and they'll even provide transportation. There's an e-gaming tournament, deejay, selfie booth, Tik Tok challenges, 3-point basketball shooting contest, free food, and more! Check out the attached flier for information.

TRANSPORTATION IS AVAILABLE TO AND FROM TEEN NIGHT. Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department will provide rides to those teens who need them. Parent/guardian permission is required by completing the form, which can be accessed by clicking on this link or by scanning the QR code on the attached flier.

 

“Making Maryland Memories” Summer Camp Fair! 


Get ready for an epic summer in Anne Arundel County! Join Anne Arundel Recreation and Parks for their "Making Maryland Memories" Summer Camp Fair!  Explore an exciting array of camp opportunities and get ready for an unforgettable summer experience. 



Date:          February 3, 2024

Time:         10:00-12:00 p.m.

Location:    Severna Park High School

 


Click here for more information about the "Making Maryland Memories" Summer Camp Fair

 

Registration for Spring and Summer camp programs will open at 11:00 am on Monday, February 5th at aarecparks.org/registration.

 

Community Coat Rack Donation Drive with AACPL!


As temperatures drop and winter slides in, AACPL is excited to continue its mission of ensuring everyone in our community stays warm these next few months with their Winter Coat Drive at Anne Arundel County Public Library!


Ten library locations – Busch Annapolis, Deale, Discoveries: The Library at the Mall, Edgewater, Linthicum, Maryland City at Russett, Glen Burnie, Brooklyn Park, Odenton and Severn – are equipped with community coat racks, ready to receive your gently used and no-longer-needed winter coats.


If you or someone you know could use some extra warmth, feel free to browse the racks and take what you need. Each branch has its specific needs and donation guidelines, so please give your branch a call if you have any questions about what items are most helpful.

 

Your donations to the coat racks make a significant difference and are helping keep our community warm this winter, and I’m incredibly grateful.

 

You can follow me on Facebook, X, and Instagram to learn about volunteer opportunities, community resources, legislative updates and much more. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact my office by email at Dana.Jones@house.state.md.us or by phone at 410-841-3211.


Stay safe and healthy,





Delegate Dana Jones

District 30A, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

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