Friday, May 13, 2016

Property Tax Credit - Know Your Rights Forum

Homeowners Property Tax Credit Program – Deadline September 1st to Apply

For homeowners with a combined gross income of $60,000 or less, this program allows credits against the homeowners’ property tax bill.  It sets a limit on the amount of property tax a homeowner must pay based on his or her income.  (Example:  If your household income is $30,000 your tax limit is $1,680.  So, if your tax bill was $2200 you would receive a credit for $520 {2200 – 1680 = 520}.)  Mount Rainier homeowners get an additional 50% credit from the City! You must apply every year no later than September  1st on a standard application supplied by the Department of Assessments and Taxations.   Here is a link to more information and where you can download the application form:'-Property-Tax-Credit-Program.aspx  If you are eligible and have not applied you should do so ASAP.
Know Your Rights Forum  - Let’s Start the Conversation between Our Community and Local Law Enforcement – Tuesday, August 16 - 6:30 to 8:30
Eastern Community Church - 8213 Manson Street, Landover 
Hosted by Senator Victor Ramirez
Speakers include:
Carlos Acosta – Inspector General at Prince George’s County Police Department
Glenn Ivey – Former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney
Eric Broyles – Author of Encounters with Police:  A Black Man’s Guide to Survival
Representative from the ACLU

Governor Hogan Decides Not to Spend Money  Appropriated by  General Assembly

Governor Hogan, stating  that revenues were not what he hoped they would be, decided not to spend $70 million appropriated by the General Assembly.  These cuts included:
Almost $19 million to the Counties to help with pension costs
Almost $15 million for physician rates
Over $6 million for construction on older and aging school buildings
Over $9 million for the state’s aging 9-1-1 system (Maryland FiRST)
Over $6 million for the Baltimore City Detention Center
Over $20 million for other programs including Baltimore City Safe Streets initiative, the Food Supplement program, the Maryland Business Roundtable on Education, and programs for the Arts and Humanities

There is an impact here in our area:

Four Prince George's County Youth Services Bureau's will lose millions in state aid because of Governor Larry Hogan's decision to withhold funding for children's mental health, suicide prevention and substance disorder services. These budget cuts will result in a significant impact on the access of services for children and youth in Prince George's County. On the County and State level, members are urging Governor Hogan to reconsider his decision and avoid a disruption of essential services young people in Prince George's County deserve.

We are urging Governor Hogan to reconsider his decision to withhold millions in funding for Prince George's County Youth Service Bureaus.  You can email Governor Hogan and ask him to restore these cuts by going to the Governor’s web-site:

My Upcoming Trip to Central America

Over 20%  population of District 47 comes from Central America.  Later this month I will be going to El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico as part of a national delegation of elected officials.  Our group will be exploring the realities that are driving forced migration from these countries, and well as, learning about the conditions that await those who are deported back to Central America.   These are big issues in our district, and I hope to use what I learn to be a better advocate for my constituents.  I will send out a report of what I find out when I return.
Save the Date -   District 47 Annual Picnic
Saturday, September 10th
Noon until 3 PM
Bartlett Park - 4300 – 39th Place, Brentwood, MD
No Charge!! Join us for free food, games, music, and more!
Please RSVP by August 2nd to (253) 448-7668 or

Back to School Health Fair – Saturday, Aug 20th 10 AM to 3 PM
                Six schools are working together to do a health fair in District 47 on Saturday, August 20th  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rogers Heights Elementary School.  Port Towns ES, William Wirt MS,  Bladensburg High School, Charles Carroll MS, Parkdale HS and Rogers Heights ES are working together to do a joint health fair which will include health vendors from Dimensions, Ventanilla de Salud, Prince George's County Fire Department/EMS,  Ft. Lincoln Family Medical Center and 40 more vendors will be part of this event. Blood Pressure Readings, lung capacity testing, blood glucose testing, vision testing, moon bounce, fun activities, free school supplies (while the supplies list), live music.  No cost.

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center 2nd Annual Family Day -- Saturday, August 20th 1PM – 5PM
On August 20th, the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center will celebrate family, community, and diversity through the recognition of the historical and contemporary cultural contributions of Afro-Latinos to the global fabric of society. This year’sFamily Day is a fun-filled day packed with activities for the entire family:
  • Storytime
  • Raffle Drawing
  • Art Workshops
  • Museum-in-a-Box
  • Moon Bounce
  • Face Painting
  • Vendor Tables
  • School Supply Drive
  • Voter Registration Table
  • AND MUCH MORE! win a prize!!!!
Thank You to Everyone Who Came to My Mid-Summer Dinner Celebration

A special thank you to all those who came to my midsummer celebration on July 13th.   It was a great event, with over 100 people in attendance from throughout the 47th legislative district.  I want to thank State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks,  Economic Matters Chairman Derek Davis, Senator Paul Pinsky, Prince George’s County Delegation Chair Jay Walker and my 47th District Teammates – Senator Victor Ramirez, Delegate Diana Fennell, and Delegate Carlo Sanchez.  A special thanks to all of my colleagues in the state legislature, and all the many municipal officials and civic leaders who were able to attend.
It was great to see people from all over the 47th legislative district from Chillum to Mount Rainier to Bladensburg to Columbia Park. 

We are a very diverse district with lots of needs, and I am doing my best to fight for what is needed to make progress in our district.  I appreciate all your support. For those who missed my summer event (and for those who came), I will be holding another event on Wednesday, November 30th.  Once again, it will be at the Three Brothers on Kenilworth Avenue – you can’t beat the food – from 6 PM to 8 PM.