Education funding main focus in Annapolis, with one week left in legislative session
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – “Hopefully this week we can make things happen,” said Senator Addie Eckardt (R-District 37).
The clock is ticking for the Maryland General Assembly. As state lawmakers look to close out this years legislative session. With only seven days left to pass critical pieces of legislation.
“There’s a lot more to do but I know these next seven days are going to be certainly rigorous,” said Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes (D-District 37A).
Taking center stage for lawmakers to discuss this week is the blueprint for Maryland’s Future Bill, which could provide more than $1 billion over the next two years to make sure Maryland public schools are properly funded.
“We’re hoping to get that done because we do have some funding in place of the budget now we need the road map so we’re hoping those things will lineup this week,” said Delegate Carl Anderton (R-District 38B).
But other lawmakers aren’t too sure if the bill has a bright future. After both the house and senate passed legislation that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 .Which some legislators believe will have a significant impact on the economy.
“I’m not optimistic about the impact of Kerwin we still have significant outstanding debt that will be facing us. It’s been quite an adjustment and I think we are going to see the implications of it for a while,” said Eckardt.
Local lawmakers say they’ll also be pushing to pass legislation to help monitor high prescription drug costs for residents.
“We have really been honing in on a particular board that can review with the cost of prescription drugs are and looking at the entire supply chain,” said Sample-Hughes.
And with time winding down, with only a few days left to get these bills passed. Legislators say anything is possible.
“We still got a week so anything can happen,” said Anderton.
the last day of legislative session will take place next Monday, April 8th, where lawmakers will have until *midnight* to pass any remaining bills.