Weekly Caucus Update

WEAPON-FREE HIGHER EDUCATION ZONES

Today, we passed HB 159 that bans guns on college campuses. While Congressional Republicans and Trump’s Administration are trying to undo the progress America has made on gun control—it is important that we stand up for Maryland values and strengthen gun laws.

Administrators, Students and Campus Police Chiefs Agree

Across the county, 95% of college presidents support a gun ban on college campuses, 79% of college students would not feel safe with concealed guns on campus and 89% of campus police chiefs believe preventing guns from being on campus is the best practice. With overwhelming margins of support by administrators, students and campus police, this is true bi-partisan legislation.

Gun free campus = less sexual assaults, less suicides and less accidents waiting to happen

Overwhelming evidence shows that guns on campus do not deter sexual assault. 89% of campus sexual assaults involvedrugs and alcohol33.9% perpetrated by intimate partners. 11.4% of college students seriously consider committing suicide, and in Texas, a study found that concealed carry permit holders are 181% more likely to be arrested for weapon-related crimes.

 

STRENGTHENING MARYLAND’S MIDDLE CLASS

Yesterday, we were proud to announce the bi-partisan legislative package. These four bills target over 1 million hard-working Marylanders and provide economic security that will result in more growth.

Earned Sick Leave

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act is long overdue for families across the state. This legislation allows over 700,000 Marylanders to no longer make an impossible choice: go to work sick or send an ill child to school, or stay home and sacrifice much needed income – or worse, possibly lose his or her job.

An independent poll concluded 83% of respondents (91% of Democrats 64% of Republicans) support allowing workers to earn a number of annual paid sick days.

This bill contrasts with Gov. Hogan’s by ultimately providing more for Maryland families. As reported by The Sun, “The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act would guarantee earned time off for 512,000 Marylanders, compared to 272,000 Marylanders under [Gov. Hogan’s Paid Leave Act].”

 

Earned Income Tax Credit

Delegate Hixson said it best, “Earned income tax credits are a fancy way of saying that working class Marylanders take home more of the pay they have earned”.

This policy—which the House passed in 2016 with overwhelming bi-partisan supportbenefits over 355,000 working Marylanders by helping them provide for their families and build a stronger financial future.

Hometown Heroes Act

Passed by the House unanimously last year with bi-partisan support, it provides $15,000 income tax deduction for “Hometown Heroes” which includes law enforcement, fire, rescue or emergency service personnel approaching retirement.

This legislation lowers the age of those without qualifying children from 25 to 18, income levels from $17K to $23K and increases the refundable federal credit to 100% from 27%.  This allows for 110,000 more Marylanders to qualify and the maximum tax benefit rises from $140 to $510.

Equal Pay Protection

Last year, the General Assembly passed this legislation which requires employers to pay men and women equally. Last year’s law brings more parity so women didn’t earn only 85 cents for every dollar earned by men in comparable jobs.  

Under HB 398, job seekers are not required to disclose their previous salaries. This bill provides a level playing field so applicants are not judged solely on their last job—further empowering the progress made under the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

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