The 2019 Maryland General Assembly is in the books. Del. Paul Corderman says they were able to secure funding for the Hagerstown YMCA, the Urban Improvement Project and for the Hagerstown Suns stadium project.
“The money has been secured and is there to save the taxpayers the city of Hagerstown and a burden from the city, if they so choose want to move forward,” said Corderman.
While the delegation was successful in securing funding, there were a few bills introduced that did not get passed. Most notably was the Suzanne Jones Act. The bill would send inmates released from jail back to their home jurisdiction.
“We’ll circle the wagon, so to speak, and come back again next year and try to tweak it, ’cause I know it’s a great concern of our community,” said Corderman.
Another hurdle the delegation in Western Maryland says they faced was the approval of the $15 minimum wage. Sen. Andrew Serafini says the move could do more harm than good.
“We asked for regional consideration because let’s be honest, $15 dollars an hour here versus down in Montgomery County is a big difference, and I don’t want to make that kind of problem. The study says it cost jobs,” said Serafini.
Despite the challenges, Sen. Serafini says they were able to secure $200,000 for the work ready program, which is geared at matching people with skills to matching jobs.
“We have jobs certified here and we have employees already trained and ready to do jobs, it’s going to attract employers here, which will raise the whole economic activity in our community,” said Serafini.