Officials Address Committee for Montgomery at Legislative Breakfast

Maryland and Montgomery County officials spoke at the Committee for Montgomery’s 2018 Annual Legislative Breakfast.

The Committee for Montgomery consists of county leaders who promote policies to increase opportunities for county residents. More specifically, they support education policies and promote economic and infrastructure development that would benefit the county.

At the breakfast, Senator Chris Van Hollen, County Executive Marc Elrich, County Council President Nancy Navarro, and other leaders addressed the committee, remarking on their 2019 legislative goals.

One of the top priorities mentioned at the breakfast was education.

“I am asking you to join with me, the County Council, the County Executive and key stakeholders in the design and implementation of a full-scale, high-quality, accessible and affordable early care education initiative,” said Navarro.

Van Hollen addressed President Donald Trump’s comments from earlier this week, promising to shut down the government if he didn’t receive funding for a wall on the southern border.

“You probably witnessed the new reality TV show at the White House. We are working very hard to prevent a government shutdown,” said Van Hollen. “The congress did pass legislation on time to keep at least 75 percent of the government open.”

Van Hollen also commented on transportation issues, noting that funding for the purple line at the federal level “remains in place.”

In his remarks, Elrich also addressed transportation issues in Montgomery County. He said Governor Larry Hogan—who recently published an Op-Ed in the Washington Post about states leading the way to address climate change—needed “to have some vision.”

“You can’t talk about global warming and you can’t talk about our responsibility on climate change, and then say we have to make our roads bigger, bigger bigger,” said Elrich. “If the governor really wanted to help Montgomery County, he’d start at the American Legion [Memorial] Bridge.”

Overall, the breakfast focused legislative goals regarding education, transportation, and supporting businesses.

The event also paid homage to the late-Keith Haller, who founded the polling firm Potomac Inc. in Bethesda. He died of cancer earlier this week, at the age of 70.

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Deirdre Byrne

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