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Get involved! To find out about how you can be a part of AFT-Maryland's Political and Legislative Committees, or if you have any questions, contact Todd Reynolds or Denise Riley:

Todd Reynolds (443) 320-4719, AFT-Maryland Political Coordinator
Denise Riley (443) 320-4713, AFT-Maryland Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs

AFTMD Bill and Ballot Blog

Combined Reporting

Maryland currently allows corporations that make multi-billions of dollars in profits to not pay their fair share of taxes. Combined Reporting is needed to stop this inequity and is already the law in 28 states. Combined Reporting will help create a more level playing field for local businesses to compete by requiring corporations who claim their headquarters are located in other states - to file with the state that is listed on their federal returns.

Over the next four years, the State of Maryland will face deficits that will accumulate to over $1 billion by 2028, according to projections from... [READ ON...]


Maryland can now bring in federal dollars to cover the cost of health services that are already being provided in schools. This will allow the hiring of additional staff and expand services to provide care to more children and improve healthcare access for low-income children.

In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reversed the 1997 Medicaid policy known as the “Free Care Rule” that limited the ability of schools to bill Medicaid for student healthcare services. This reversal provides reimbursement for in-school services for children with special health care needs (CYSHCN). To implement this reversal, many states needed to pass legislation to conform with the federal policy, including Maryland. 

AFT-MD brought this issue to the Moore Administration to see if they were willing, by executive order or by asking the federal government to override state law, to accept the money from CMS. 


US Capitol

The hard right members of the US House of Representatives are calling for a government shutdown if they do not receive the senseless funding cuts they demand, including an 80% reduction in public education Title I funding, which would highly impact low-income students. 

The cuts could lead to a nationwide reduction of 220,000 teachers, a catastrophic outcome for our nation’s students at a time when schools are already dealing with an educator shortage. 


Democratic candidates vying to replace retiring US Senator Ben Cardin received several high-profile endorsements for the May 14, 2024 Primary Election:

  • Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced she has received the endorsements of Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Steny Hoyer, and Maryland Comptroller Brook Lierman.
  • Montgomery County Councilman Will Jawando has received several endorsements from Laurel and Mount Rainier city council members and mayors.
  • Congressman David Trone announced the endorsements of 27 Democratic representatives in congress, including California
Medicare Drug Price Negotiations Program

In a monumental decision that could benefit millions of retirees, President Joe Biden, as part of the Inflation Reduction Act, announced his plan to have Medicare, for the first time ever, negotiate the cost of several prescription drugs with the pharmaceutical industry. 

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Gov Wes Moore at MACo 2023

Governor Wes Moore gave the keynote address at the annual Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) conference in Ocean City. Touting the impressive accomplishments achieved in the first nine months of his administration – including raising the minimum wage, providing state employees with significant COLA and step increases, shepherding legislation to address the teacher shortage, and making significant investments to public transportation infrastructure – Moore noted his first term has set a foundation for economic growth moving forward not by a hackneyed “trickle down” system, but by building from the ground up and to “build new pathways to prosperity,” the Governor noted. 

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Union Yes

Just in time for Labor Day, faculty at two of the state’s community colleges – Frederick County and Howard County – had their unions automatically recognized last week with over 50% of the faculty supporting unionization. Faculty at both colleges overwhelmingly stated their wish to be unionized with the AFT and AAUP (American Association of University Professors).

The colleges’ faculty unions are among the first to successfully be recognized under the state’s new “card check” law, which requires the majority of workers to show support for unionization.

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In 2024, Marylanders will go to the polls to have a vote on a number of Federal Offices, from President, to US Senate, to all eight seats in the US House of Representatives, as well as on state constitutional amendments, including an amendment protecting a woman’s right to an abortion.

With the retirement of long-serving US Senator Ben Cardin, a number of strong candidates have announced plans to run for that senate seat. Among those are Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, US Congressman David Trone, and Montgomery County Councilman Will Jawando. 

As Trone will be vacating


The judge presiding over the case of Fitch v. Maryland, in which a number of retired state employees are suing the state over a plan to curtail their state-sponsored retiree prescription drug plan, asked litigants on June 29th to submit written arguments as to why the case shouldn’t be dismissed in favor of the state. The reasoning behind this threat is that the 4th circuit court—the court that would hear an appeal to a decision in the case—has signaled that it believes the state does not have a contract with retirees to provide prescription drug benefits. If and when an appeal in the case


At its July 27th board meeting, the state’s Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board approved a number of local school districts’ plans, including Baltimore City’s plan, to implement the Blueprint/Kirwan reforms. With the approval of Baltimore City’s Blueprint Implementation Plan, any funds withheld from the district contingent upon the plan’s approval for FY 2024 will now be released to the district.

In addition, the Maryland State Board of Education re-elected Clarence C. Crawford as its president, electing Crawford to his 4th term. The board has not yet made an announcement


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