• Purple Line Is Coming – Important Tax Credit Information

    Purple Line Is Coming

    The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County and will provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange lines at Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton. Construction is now underway. The Purple Line will also connect to MARC, Amtrak, and local bus services, and will operate mainly in dedicated or exclusive lanes, allowing for fast, reliable transit trips. Twenty-one stations are planned.  It will be a great benefit for our community when it is finished but for the next few years there will be a lot of headaches due to the traffic.  Construction is to continue until 2021 with service beginning in 2022.

    In Prince George’s County, the Purple Line will go from New Hampshire Avenue down University Boulevard to the University of Maryland Campus, through the campus, down River Road to Kenilworth Avenue., down Kenilworth Avenue to East-West Highway, East on East-West Highway to Veterans Parkway and then East on Elin Street to the New Carrolton Metro Station.

    I learned at a meeting this past week that for the next 12 months most of the work will be moving utility poles so the roads can be expanded to allow the required street tracks to be laid down the middle of the roads.  There could be traffic problems on any of these streets so please check the Purple Line web-site at www.purplelinemd.com .

    MAKE SURE YOU TAKE

    ADVANTAGE OF IMPORTANT STATE AND LOCAL TAX

    CREDIT PROGRAMS

    Homestead Property Tax Credit

    To help homeowners deal with large assessment increases on their principal residence, state law has established the Homestead Property Tax Credit. The Homestead Credit limits the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed percentage. Every county and municipality in Maryland is required to limit taxable assessment increases to 10% or less each year. Prince George’s County has a 2% cap which further limits increases. Check the status of your Homestead eligibility by looking up your property on the Real Property database: http://sdat.dat.maryland.gov/RealProperty/Pages/default.aspx

    Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit Program

    For homeowners with a combined gross household income of $60,000 or less, this program allows credits against the homeowners’ property tax bill, but the taxes must exceed a fixed percentage of a person’s gross income. It sets a limit on the amount of property taxes a homeowner must pay, based on income. Income is defined as the gross income before any deductions are taken. Nontaxable retirement benefits such as Social Security and Railroad Retirement must be reported as income. You must apply every year no later than September on a standard application supplied by the Department of Assessments and Taxation. Example: If your combined household income is $16,000, your tax limit is $420. You would be entitled to receive a credit for any taxes above the $420. If your actual property tax bill is $990, you would receive a tax credit in the amount of $570, the difference between the actual tax bill and the tax limit.
    Apply here: http://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Homeowners’-Property-Tax-Credit-Program.aspx

    Use the Assessment Appeals Process

    Everyone’s property is re-assessed every three years, but sometimes your assessment does not really reflect your actual market value based on home sales in your area.  The assessment appeal process allows property owners the opportunity to dispute the value determined by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). Property values rise and fall to reflect the market. Customers should file an appeal when the estimated value of their property does not accurately reflect what they believe to be its current market value.

    To Appeal Your Assessment, Go Here: http://www.dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Assessment-Appeal-Process.aspx
    MD Property Owners’ Bill of Rights: http://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Bill-of-Rights.aspx

    Maryland Renters’ Tax Credit Program

    The State of Maryland Renters’ Tax Credit Program provides Property Tax credits for renters who are age 60 and older or 100% disabled, and also meet certain income requirements. Under HB-340, passed by the Prince George’s County Delegation and the Maryland General Assembly in the 2016 Legislative Session, renters can receive maximum tax relief up to $1,000. This legislation also expands the statewide Renters Tax Credit program and increases the pool of eligible applicants. To get a credit for 2017, you must file by September 1st of 2018.  Contact the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation at 1-800-944-7403 or visit: http://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Renters’-Tax-Credits.aspx

    24-Month Residential Leases for Seniors

    Prince George’s County seniors living in specified age-restricted housing can now enter into a 24-month lease agreement without incurring fees or rent increases for the term of the lease. Landlords are required to provide written notice about the 24-month period when entering into a new lease or a renewal lease. For more information, contact Code Enforcement Officer Ann Keys at the County’s Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE), 301-883-6058 or ALKeys@co.pg.md.us.

    Prince George’s County Renters’ Property Tax Relief Supplement

    The Prince George’s County Council, aware that residents who qualify for the State’s Renters’ Tax Credit Program are already stretched financially, also passed CB-95-2015. Prince George’s County will automatically provide a Renters’ Property Tax Relief Supplement to each resident who qualifies for the State Renters’ Tax Credit. The County Supplement is 50% of the State payment, and will be dispersed in late spring of each year. No additional application is required. If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Finance, Treasury Division, at 301-952-4030. Example: If you qualify for a State of Maryland Renters’ Tax Credit of $400, you will automatically receive a tax credit of $200 from Prince George’s County for a total of $600.

    Transfer Tax Exemptions for Classroom Teachers and Police and Deputy Sheriffs

    The County and State provide total or partial exemptions from the transfer tax assessed at the sale/purchase of homes in the County for teachers, public officers, and deputy sheriffs.
    Transfer tax exemption for teachers here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1850
    Transfer tax exemption for police officers or deputy sheriffs here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1845

    Additional Individual Tax Credits:

    Disabled Veterans Tax Exemption – Tax credit for veterans qualified for disability exemption is equal to full amount of County taxes and applies to taxes previously paid for any year the veteran was qualified for the exemption. Application and proof of claim must be filed with the Director of Finance. Application here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/10233

    Surviving Spouse of a Fallen Officer Tax Credit

    Surviving Spouse of a Fallen Law Enforcement/Rescue Worker  – Annual application and initial proof of claim must be filed with the Director of Finance by April 1 prior to the tax year for which the credit is being requested. The fallen officer must have owned the dwelling at the time of his/her death and the surviving spouse must currently occupy the dwelling. Application here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/10229

    MD Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit

    Have you incurred at least $20,000 in undergraduate student loan debt and have at least $5,000 in outstanding undergraduate student loan debt remaining? You may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $5,000 on your 2017 personal income tax. ​In order to apply, you mu​st complete and submit an application to the Maryland Higher Education Commission by September​ 15th each year; be a resident of Maryland for the tax year; incurred at least $20,000 in total undergraduate student loan debt; and have at least $5,000 in outstanding student loan debt during the tax year for which you are applying. Apply here: http://mhec.maryland.gov/preparing/Pages/StudentLoanDebtReliefTaxCredit.aspx

    Alternative Energy Tax Credit

    Tax credit for residential structures that utilize solar energy or geothermal energy devices. Application and proof of claim must be filed with the Director of Finance. Application here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/10244. Related Item – Federal Income Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency: https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits

    I Joined 62 Lawmakers Urging Governor Hogan Not To Implement Trump’s Coal Pollution Standards in Maryland

    Sixty-three Maryland Senators and Delegates urged Governor Larry Hogan not to implement President Trump’s weakened coal pollution standards in the state. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is proposing to renew expired water pollution permits for three coal-fired plants in Dickerson, Chalk Point and Morgantown that would allow excessive dumping of toxic pollutants into Maryland waterways.

    The letter to Hogan states in part, “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Obama spent about six years investigating the impact of toxic discharges from power plants into waterways and issued new requirements in 2015 for the Clean Water Act.   Unfortunately, President Trump’s EPA halted the improved requirements in April of this year…. We call on you to do what’s right for our citizens, our environment and our natural resources: require coal plants in Maryland to adopt the toxic coal waste requirements that EPA issued in 2015.”
    The full statement is attached here and appears online at:
    https://www.scribd.com/document/362061887/Letter-to-Governor-Hogan-from-63-Maryland-Lawmakers-on-Coal-Pollution

    Veterans Jobs & Resource Fair
    Wednesday November 1st

    10 AM – 2 PM
    Dave & Buster’s 1851 Ritchie Station Court, Capitol Heights
    You should attend if you are:
    Seeking employment
    Ready to interview on-site with employers who are ready to hire
    Interested in taking advantage of resources available to you
    RSVP Today
    www.pgcedc.com/events
    301-618-8445

    Attorney General Frosh to Student Loan Debt Relief Company: Pay Refunds to Consumers and Cease Illegal Conduct

    Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced  that he had  issued a cease-and-desist order finding that H&S Marketing, LLC; Client Processing Services, LLC; Henrique Silva; Melissa Haddad; Cimar Scaff; and Gail Ghada Haddad, collectively doing business as Student Loan Counsel, violated the Consumer Protection Act, the Maryland Credit Services Businesses Act, and the Maryland Debt Settlement Services Act.  The order requires Student Loan Counsel to return all of the money collected from Maryland consumers, and to pay any damages suffered by Marylanders who were affected by their illegal conduct.
    Read more in the full press release: http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/press/2017/101117.pdf

    Christmas In April Program

    Christmas in April is an annual, one-day project to repair the homes of those who due to age, disability and financial hardship, cannot do the work themselves.  Prince George’s is NOT ABLEto replace roofsrepair or replace concrete, or replace windows:  only minor repairs to existing roofs.  If you are in need of a new roof, please contact the Department of Housing
    (301-883-5570) to request information / assistance from them.

    Skilled and unskilled volunteers give six to eight hours of service to help with repairs.  Christmas in April is a non-profit organization supported entirely by voluntary contributions of time and money.  The program does have several limitations,  CHRISTMAS IN APRIL CANNOT MAKE STRUCTURAL REPAIRS OR UNDERTAKE PROJECTS THAT CANNOT BE COMPLETED IN ONE DAY!  If your house requires structural work, we can refer you to the County’s Department of Housing and Community Development at  301-883-5570.

    To be eligible for consideration, the HOME TO BE REPAIRED MUST BE OWNED AND OCCUPIED BY THE HOMEOWNER AND THE HOMEOWNER MUST BE ELDERY AND/OR DISABLED.  While there are no income requirements, the program does take need into consideration when making the final selections.  In particular, the program is designed to help individuals who have no means to make the needed repairs themselves.

    Repairs are limited to the last Saturday in April.  Even with a team of 20 or more volunteers assigned to the home, we cannot guarantee that all work that needs to be done can be complete or that all requested work will be done.

    Repairs differ in each home but they can include:  interior and exterior painting, minor carpentry, plumbing and electrical work, replacing stoves, refrigerators and hot water heaters, if existing appliances are not working, clean-up and yard work may also be included.

    The Christmas in April work will be done on Saturday, April 28, 2018.   We anticipate accepting as many as 90 homes for repair in the 2018 program.  If you are interested in being considered for our program, or know of someone who may be interested, please email me ASAP and I will send you the application.

    Applications must be received by November 1, 2017.

    What to Do About the Equifax Data Breach

    Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has issued the following statement regarding the Equifax data breach, affecting approximately 143 million Americans:
    “This data breach is one of the most alarming we’ve seen. The number of Americans impacted is enormous. I am deeply concerned that Equifax seems to be charging victims for services to identify and protect themselves from damages relating to the breach. It would compound the outrage if Equifax was profiting from its failure to maintain safely all of the data in its charge.
    “My office has reached out to Equifax and is seeking answers to understand the circumstances that led to the breach. Equifax must disclose the reasons for the apparent delay between the breach and the company’s public announcement, what protections the company had in place at the time of the breach, and why it appears to be attempting to profit from its own negligence. We will be closely monitoring the company’s response to ensure that Maryland consumers are protected.  I urge consumers to take necessary steps to prevent any misuse of their information, while my office continues to investigate this massive data breach.”

    BACKGROUND

    On September 7, 2017, Equifax publicized that the company experienced a data breach. According to the company, the breach lasted from mid-May through July of 2017. The data breach exposed full names, Social Security Numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers.  For another 209,000 consumers, it also included credit card information.
    The Equifax data breach puts consumers at risk for new account fraud, since it exposes personal information necessary to open new accounts at any point in the future. This information can be used to take out loans, open new credit accounts and other illegal and potentially damaging actions.

    Attorney General Frosh encourages consumers to take the following steps:

    Check your credit reports from all three of the major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Reports can be obtained for FREE by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com. Unrecognizable accounts or activity could indicate identity theft.

    Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that credit freezes must be obtained from each of the credit reporting agencies, and cost $5 from each credit agency.  A credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts, such as debit and credit cards. Parents or guardians of minor children may also place a credit freeze on behalf of their child. For more information on how to obtain a credit freeze, please visit http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/IdentityTheft/freezing.aspx

    Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for changes you do not recognize.
    Visit www.identitytheft.gov/databreach to learn more.

    Equifax appears to be offering consumers one year of free credit monitoring.  Consumers who go this route should be careful not to accidentally sign up for Equifax’s paid service. If you are asked to enter your full Social Security Number, do not proceed.  Their free offer only asks for your last name and the last 6 digits of your Social Security Number.

    The Office of the Attorney General recommends that consumers review their account statements, online accounts, and credit files regularly for suspicious activity. If consumers feel they have been harmed and want to file a complaint, please call the Identity Theft Unit at 1-888-743-0023, or visit the website at www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov.

    My Holiday Dinner Celebration Wednesday Nov 29

    Please join me and

    Congressman Anthony Brown
    Appropriations Committee Chair Maggie McIntosh
    Senator Victor Ramirez
    Delegates Diana Fennell and Carlo Sanchez

    Three Brothers Italian Restaurant
    4521 Kenilworth Ave.   Bladensburg, MD
    Tell me about your concerns
    Hear about my plans for next year’s session
    Meet your neighbors

    $5 for District 47 residents
    $100 Supporter – $50 Friend

    Checks can be made out to:
    Friends of Jimmy Tarlau, 4213 34th Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

  • New Laws Effective October 1 – Look Over Your Property Tax Bill

    New Laws Effective October 1

     

    PUBLIC HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT:

    Ban on Fracking: After a two-year moratorium, the state will prohibit the hydraulic fracturing of a well for the production of oil or natural gas. (HB1325)

    Antibiotics for livestock: In response to worries about antibiotic effectiveness, Maryland has become the second state to ban the routine administration of antibiotics to cattle, swine and poultry. (SB422/HB602)

    AIDS/HIV: Requires state health department to establish requirements for prenatal HIV testing. (HB518)

    Mercury: Prohibits a marketer from knowingly selling electric switches, relays and gas valve switches that contain mercury. (SB0713/HB0504)

    Drug price-gouging: Manufacturers and wholesale distributors are prohibited from “price gouging” in the sale of an “essential generic drug,” and the state attorney general may sue companies that do not comply. Drug companies sued the state over the summer and a decision is pending. (SB0415/HB0631)

    ADDICTION:

    Parental consent:  Authorizes parents or guardians to apply, on behalf of minors, for certified inpatient or intensive outpatient alcohol or drug abuse treatment programs. (SB0433/HB1093)

    Support during recovery: Repeals previous law that subjected those convicted of felonies involving controlled dangerous substances, who apply for food stamps and temporary cash assistance, to testing, treatment and sanction requirements. (SB0853/HB0860)

    ETHICS:

    Public Integrity Act: The state’s first ethics bill passed in over a decade mandates that lawmakers disclose any conflicts of interest and limits their advocacy for private businesses. (HB879)

    CRIME:

    Homicides while impaired: Imprisonment increases from three to five years for people who kill others while operating a car or boat under the influence of a controlled substance. (SB229/HB635)

    Police and human trafficking: Requires specific police training about victims of human trafficking, including services, support and appropriate treatment. (HB1279)

    Amber’s Law: Permits victims of domestic abuse to request that the offender use electronic monitoring devices to track their location and provide alerts. Allows victims to request protections. (HB1163/SB0976)

    Home invasion: Classifies home invasion as a crime of violence. (HB906)

    SEXUAL ASSAULT:

    Rape kits: Requires a hospital or child advocacy center to give rape kits to police within 30 days of the victim’s exam. Prohibits police from destroying or disposing of sexual assault evidence within 20 years of collection. (SB349/HB255)

    Physical resistance: Evidence of physical resistance by a victim is not required to prove a sexual crime happened. (SB217/HB429)

    Reclassifying sex offenses: Sexual offenses in the first and second degree are reclassified as rape in the first and second degree. (SB944/HB647)

    CHILD ABUSE:

    Extending deadline for abuse lawsuits: Sponsored by Del. C. T. Wilson, an abuse survivor, the new law extends the deadline for victims of child sexual abuse to file a civil lawsuit against alleged attackers from age 25 to age 38. (HB642/SB505).

    Broadening definition of abuse: Alters the definition of “abuse” as the intended physical or mental injury of a child by a person who exercises circumstantial authority over the child. (HB1263/SB996)

    ANIMALS:

    Reporting animal cruelty: Requires veterinarians who have reason to believe that an animal has been subjected to cruelty or violence report the activity to police. (HB1463)

    Kennel licensing: Owners of six or more unspayed female dogs over the age of 6 months or who sell dogs from six or more litters in a year must obtain a kennel license. (HB334/SB573)

    BUSINESS:

    Food desert loans:
     Authorizes the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide small loans ($50,000 or less) for food desert projects, which aim to increase access to affordable, fresh food in low-income neighborhoods. (HB 1492)

    Accidental personal injury compensation: The maximum fine for an employer who fails to report an accidental personal injury within the required time increases from $50 to $500; the penalty will only apply in cases when the employer knowingly fails to report an injury. (SB 867/HB 1476)

    VEHICLE LAWS:

    Coal rolling’ emissions: Prohibits diesel-powered vehicles from releasing visible clouds of smoke, or exhaust emissions, onto another person or vehicle with a $500 maximum fine. “Coal rolling” is the practice of removing emission-controlling parts of the engine to emit extra smoke, oftentimes for entertainment or anti-environmental purposes. (HB11)

    Lane use: Allows tow trucks to drive in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, regardless of the number of passengers, to respond to a service call. (HB889)

    EDUCATION:

    School whistleblower: Prohibits an employer from either taking or refusing to take retaliatory action against a public school employee because the employee discloses or threatens to disclose a policy that might violate a certain law, rule or regulation. (HB1145)  Bill I introduced!!

    Anonymous tips: Authorizes a county board of education to create an anonymous two-way electronic tip program for a student, parent, guardian, close adult relative of a student, or a school staff member to report acts of bullying, harassment or intimidation.  (HB669)

    Addiction recovery programs: Requires the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland to establish standards and guidelines for addiction recovery programs to be implemented at collegiate institutions. (HB950)

    School safety for hate crimes: Authorizes the Maryland Center for School Safety to make grants for security-related projects to schools and childcare centers at risk of hate crimes or attacks. (SB1191)

    (A thank you to marylandreporter.com for compiling this list.  You can obtain more information on all these bills by going to the General Assembly web-site: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frm1st.aspx?tab=home )

    LOOK OVER YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL

    When I am visiting people in their homes, I am finding a good percentage of folks who are not receiving the Homestead Tax Rebate.  You could be losing a lot of money if you are not getting the rebate.  The Homestead Credit is for every owner-occupied residence in Maryland, no matter the household income.

    What is the Homestead Credit?  (from the state Web-site)

    To help homeowners deal with large assessment increases on their principal residence, state law has established the Homestead Property Tax Credit. The Homestead Credit limits the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed percentage.  Every county and municipality in Maryland is required to limit taxable assessment increases to 10% or less each year. You can view a listing of homestead caps for each local government here http://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Documents/Homestead_Percent_Caps.pdf

    The Homestead Credit does not limit the market value of the property as determined by the Department of Assessments and Taxation. Instead, it is actually a credit calculated on any assessment increase exceeding 10% (or the lower cap enacted by the local governments) from one year to the next.  The credit is calculated based on the 10% limit for purposes of the State property tax, and 10% or less (as determined by local governments) for purposes of local taxation.  In other words, the homeowner pays no property tax on the market value increase which is above the limit.

    Example:

    Assume that your old assessment was $100,000 and that your new phased-in assessment for the 1st year is $120,000.  An increase of 10% would result in an assessment of $110,000.  The difference between $120,000 and $110,000 is $10,000. The tax credit would apply to the taxes due on the $10,000.  If the tax rate was $1.04 per $100 of assessed value, the tax credit would be $104 ($10,000 ÷ 100 x $1.04).

    The problem is that in 2009 the government  found that some properties that were not owner-occupied were getting the credit, so they made everybody fill out a one-time application for the credit.  Some people did not apply and they have not been receiving the tax credit.

    By looking at the bottom of your tax bill and seeing if you are receiving the tax credit you can figure out if you’re getting the tax credit .  You can also look on-line at http://sdat.dat.maryland.gov/RealProperty/Pages/default.aspx  Type in your address and you can see at the bottom of the page whether you are getting the Homestead Tax Credit and the Homeowners Tax Credit (for households with income under $60,000).        If you need some help to figure this out, send me an email with your address or call me at 301-335-6099.

    Important Meetings on MAGLEV Project

    Have you heard of MAGLEV?  Some people have but many people have not.

    MAGLEV is a proposed superconducting magnetic levitation high speed (311 miles per hour) rail system in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor.  It is the MAGLEV train and it is funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration, the Maryland Economic Development Corporation and the Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail LLC.  It is estimated that the price is over $82 billion dollars, with a maintenance cost of $25 million per kilometer.  The train will begin its journey at Union Station.  It will stop at Thurgood Marshall Airport and Baltimore.  The time frame for this trip is 15 minutes. The train will proceed to New York, arriving in 45 minutes and eventually going on to Boston..  What we all need to know is if the proposed path of this train will run through Prince George’s County and likely through District 47. This could mean that many of our homes are in this train’s path.  There are concerns about relocation and safety.  People need to find out more about this before it is too late!!

    The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will be holding Open House meetings on the project.

    At the meetings, you can review and comment on the:
    • Preliminary alternatives screening analysis results
    • Overview of alternatives recommended for detailed study
    • Technology and engineering features
    • Preliminary station information

    A short presentation and video will begin approximately 30 minutes into the open-house style meeting and continue playing throughout.  The Project Team will also be available to answer questions as you review maps and other project materials.

    October 14 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)
    Bowie State University, Student Center
    14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD 20715

    October 18 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
    Catholic University of America, Pryzbyla Center
    620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064

    You can find out more information on the MAGLEV project by going to the web-site:
    baltimorewashingtonscmaglevproject.com

    47th Delegation Receives a 100% Grade On

    Environmental Issues

    The 47th District Delegation (Senator Victor Ramirez, Delegate Diana Fennel, Delegate Carlo Sanchez and myself) received a 100% and A+ grades from two important environmental organizations:   Maryland League of Conservation Voters and Food and Water Watch.  You can see what bills we were graded on at:

    http://www.mdlcv.org/sites/mdlcv/files/2017-scorecard.pdf   and

    https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/default/files/org_1707_mdstatelegscorecard-web.pdf .

    We will continue to do whatever we need to do to protect our environment.

    Delegate Fennell Fundraiser – Tuesday, Oct 10th

    Diana Fennell and I are running as a team for re-election as Delegates in District 47A.  She is having a fundraiser on

    Tuesday, October 10 from 6 PM to 9 PM
              Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant
              5820 Landover Road 
              (right off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway)
              Landover, MD
              Cost for District 47 Residents is $25

              Come and support my team-mate!

    Jobs Available at Pepco

    Pepco Job Seeker Information Session:

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Prince George’s Community College, Rennie Forum, 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774.

    There is an IMMEDIATE need for skilled workers in the utility industry.  The session will provide information to  job seekers on the FREE training that will help them land a high paying job making $20+/hour with Pepco!

  • $5,000 Tax Credit for Student Debt Now Available

    Have you (or do you know someone who has) incurred at least $20,000 in undergraduate student loan debt and have at least $5,000 in outstanding undergraduate student loan debt remaining?  If so, you are eligible for a tax credit of up to $5,000 on your 2017 personal income tax!

    As a result of legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly, there is a new tax credit available for Maryland residents.

    You must

    • currently be a Maryland resident
    • have incurred at least $20,000 in total undergraduate student loan debt;
    • have at least $5,000 in outstanding student loan debt during the tax year for which you are applying.

    The deadline is September 15th to be eligible to receive a credit on this year’s taxes.  The tax credit will also be available in future years.

    There are $5 million of tax credits available.  Priority will be given to those with the highest ratio of student debt to gross income; then to those who graduated from an institution of higher education in the state of Maryland.

    You can find out more about the tax credit and get an application form by going to:  http://mhec.maryland.gov/preparing/Pages/StudentLoanDebtReliefTaxCredit.aspx .  If you do not yourself have student debt, pass the word to your friends and relatives.

     

    Lifetime Senior Pass to All National Parks to Increase from $10 to $80

    This is a great bargain. If you plan to travel to any of the national parks and you’re 62 or over, for $10 you can buy a Senior Pass, which enables you to visit any or all the national parks for no charge.   But the Lifetime Pass will increase to $80 on August 28th.  You can still get a pass for $10 by going on-line https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass, or you can get one in person at the Fort Washington National Park.  It’s a good deal…especially at $10.

    5th Annual District 47 – Family and Friends Cookout

    Saturday, Sept. 9, 12:00 PM to 3 :00 PM

                4300 39th Place, Brentwood

    Join us for free food, games, music and more!

    RSVP to ngrecco@house.state.md.us or leave a message at 301-858-3340