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Liz Bobo
Maryland State Delegate for
Legislative District 12B

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Friends of Liz Bobo invite you to

Liz’s Fall Classic

a gathering of good people who care about good government

Sunday, September 22, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Cedar Lane Park 
WEST
 Pavilion

5081 Cedar Ln  Columbia, MD 21044

Picnic Food and Drinks...Bring your family and friends...IT’S FREE

RSVP to 410-730-1206

Hello to All of You from Home in Columbia

September 15, 2013

It has been almost three months since I sent out my last e-newsletter.

In May I attended my eighth annual week long silent retreat near Richmond, Virginia.  This mindfulness practice led by an American Buddhist monk serves me so well throughout the year, particularly in finding beauty and joy in life and not becoming dejected by the social, economic, and environmental injustice around us.

Lloyd and I have been engulfed in summer family activities and travel. We spent our sixteenth year in the same home on the beach in Corolla, North Carolina.  With 21 of us in one beach house, almost everyone was present, including Zach.  What a joyful time.

I am now keenly aware that in less than four months I will begin my last year in public office and my last legislative session.  I look forward to this year with anticipation and I am clear that I have made a wise decision to no longer seek public office.  The past 19 years in the Maryland House of Delegates as well as the 13 years holding office in Howard County government have been both challenging and rewarding.  I have a sense of accomplishment, awareness of some endeavors that did not turn out as I had wanted, and no regrets.

During the summer I have been keeping up on developments regarding issues I anticipate to address during the legislative session:  tax equity, fairer distribution of the wealth, predatory financial practices, and end of life issues, to name a few.

I know that I can count on the customary input and involvement of you, my constituents, in addressing these and many issues of importance. I am so grateful to all of you for your input and support.

Please join me at my 19th annual family picnic.  I would love to see you there.

 

LIZ TO BE HONORED BY COMMON CAUSE:

Common Cause of Maryland, the leading organization which advocates for clean campaign finance laws, is honoring Liz for her 19 years of work as the lead legislator in lessening the impact of big money on campaigns in Maryland on Monday, October 14, 6:30 p.m. at Oliver's Carriage House in Town Center, Columbia. 

For further info go to www.commoncause.org/md

The Sun: More poverty in Baltimore's suburbs than in Baltimore / New Brookings research shows sharp growth in suburban poor

Note the reference in the above article to a significant shortage of affordable housing in Howard County.  As the wealthiest county in Maryland and one of the top in the nation, this highlights the importance of addressing distribution of wealth in our community and state.

 The Sun: Harbor Point's city-issued bonds set for final approval Monday / Critics to propose flurry of amendments to $107 million financing package

Perhaps you have seen one or some of the many articles written recently about the financing mechanism used to finance this controversial new development in Baltimore.

The article above, in my opinion, puts a rosier face on this issue than truly exists.

The controversy centers on the financing mechanism, tax increment financing or TIF's, used to fund the infrastructure required by the new development. "Any future property taxes generated by the development are used to pay off the bonds (used for infrastructure)". Then when the new revenues generated by this development materialize, they go to pay off this infrastructure debt which has customarily been borne up front by the developer, rather than paying for teacher and public safety employees.

This article is particularly noteworthy because the use of TIF's was included by Howard County officials throughout the legislation relating to further development in Downtown Columbia about which I and many others repeatedly raised grave concerns to no avail.

We will need to remain vigilant.

Liz

Delegate Liz Bobo
Elizabeth.Bobo@house.state.md.us
Annapolis Office  410-841-3205
District Office   410-997-2626

 

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