Corderman introduces tax relief bill; GOP leaders support Hogan

The Republican leadership is stepping up calls for an end to school mask mandates

The Republican leadership in the House and Senate joined that of Governor Larry Hogan feeling in ending school mask mandates.

In a joint statement from the GOP House and Senate caucuses, Republicans said they were “glad to see Governor Hogan joining our members’ calls to lift the mask mandate in Maryland public schools.”

Lawmakers asked the Maryland State Board of Education to lift the statewide mask mandate at their Feb. 22 meeting.

County Senator introduces Health Care Worker Tax Relief Act

Sen. Paul Corderman, R-Washington, has introduced a tax break bill that would create an income tax deduction for healthcare workers on the first $25,000 of their income.

“For the past two years, healthcare workers have served on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and put themselves ahead of others by caring for those in need,” Corderman said in a press release issued during Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Week in Maryland was sent . “Their tireless efforts should be celebrated and recognized, not only with a week-long celebration, but also with a financial relief from their income taxes.”

The bill is submitted as an emergency bill to provide immediate relief during the current tax filing period. The Senate Bill 623 hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Budget and Taxation Committee.

More about the district news:Washington County Commissioners give Korean War veterans $10,000 for a museum

More about the choice:County Board of Elections approves changes to alternate early voting location, Polling Station

County Delegates Co-Sponsorship Act to Expand Medicaid for Dental Coverage

Del. Mike McKay, R-Allegany, Washington, is co-sponsoring a bill that would establish a dental insurance program for adults enrolled in Medicaid. McKay was joined by Sen. Malcolm Augustine, D-Prince George, Sen. Guy Guzzone, D-Howard, and Del. Bonnie Cullison, D-Montgomery, in a press release about the bill.

Del.  Mike McKay, R-Washington/Allegany

“When it comes to public health care, Maryland doesn’t often find itself at the bottom of the list nationwide,” the press release said. “It is unacceptable that Maryland, along with only two other states — Tennessee and Alabama — does not cover adult dental care in its Medicaid program.”

If passed, the law would come into force on January 1st.

The Democratic Central Committee hosts the annual dinner

The Washington County Democratic Central Committee hosts its annual Cinco De Mayo dinner.

The dinner will include a keynote speaker, to be announced. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, along with Happy Hour.

The event will take place at the Maryland Theater, 21 S. Potomac St. To sign up, go to

More hats in the ring

Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland and Democrat, has officially filed a petition to run for governor alongside fellow running mate Monique Walker. Franchot originally announced his desire to run back in 2020.

Todd Puglisi, a Republican from Montgomery County, has run for US Senator.

Closer to home, David Trone, D-6, has officially run for re-election. Trone has been a member of the US House of Representatives since 2019. Maryland’s 6th congressional district includes Washington County.

Horizon Goodwill Chief Mission Officer Brooke Grossman has applied to run under the Democratic District 2B ticket in the House of Delegates race. She is currently the only Democrat to have filed. Grossman has been working with Horizon Goodwill since 2020.

Debra Breeding, a Republican from Washington County, has run to be a judge on the orphan court.

Randy Barber has run for a seat on the county’s Democratic Central Committee. Zane Poffenberger, Secretary of the Central Committee, and Angela Batista also ran for re-election to the Committee.

Nancy Allen is running for re-election to the county’s Republican Central Committee.

Anthony Williams, a native of the Leitersburg area, has run for a seat on the county board of education, an impartial role.

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