Weekly Newsletter - Dec. 11, 2017
This Week's Action Items
#1: SPEAK OUT AT HARRIS TELE-TOWN HALL
After a noisy and combative town hall last month in Salisbury, Rep. Andy Harris has been lately doing phone-in conference calls. Just a few days ago, he scheduled a tele-town hall for the Eastern Shore. The call-in forum starts at 5:25 pm on Monday evening, Dec.11. This is your chance to ask Harris about his support for everything from Roy Moore to concealed gun carry permits to the corporate tax giveaway. For more information on connecting, go to vekeo.com/andyharrismd/
#2: SIGN PETITION FOR FAMILY LEAVE BILL
The General Assembly will be taking up a measure to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a family leave bill that was passed by lawmakers last year. The Healthy Working Families Act would provide earned paid sick leave to 750,000 Marylanders as well as help businesses by increasing productivity and employee retention. Senator Mathias has supported the bill in the past but has not indicated whether he would support the override. Sign the petition asking him to support Healthy Working Families.
#3: SUPPORT A CLEAN DREAM ACT
Demand that members of Congress in the House and the Senate clean up the mess left by President Trump regarding children whose status in the U.S. has been endangered by the termination of DACA. There is bipartisan support for moving to repair this damage by passing a Clean Dream Act or by attaching it to the Dec. 22 government funding bill. Go to Indivisible.org for more information on how you can be effective in this fight.
Dec. 11 -- REP. HARRIS' TELE-TOWN HALL
Details: 5:25 to 6:25 pm
Congressman Andy Harris will hold a tele-town hall for residents of the Eastern Shore. You can get more information through this link: https://vekeo.com/andyharrismd/
Dec. 12 - HEALTH COMMITTEE
Details: Noon, 404 Bentley Ave., St. Michaels
Join the discussion at the home of Holly Wright on the campaign for guaranteed health care and the planning for a forum on the opioid epidemic.
Dec. 13 - DEFEND NET NEUTRALITY
Details: 10 am to 2 pm
FCC Headquarters, 445 12th St SW, Washington DC
The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 14 is taking up a proposal to roll back rules that make the internet open to all. Come join a rally to make your voice heard for Net Neutrality. See details on the event here.
Dec. 15 - MID-SHORE PRO BONO CLINIC
Details: 3 pm, Talbot Court House, Easton
Make an appointment with Mid-Shore Pro Bono to get free legal advice on civil matters.
Dec. 21 - PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND ANNUAL MEETING
Details: 6:30 pm, via Video Conference
Go to this link to RSVP.
- News and Updates -
HOW TAX PLAN HURTS MARYLAND TAXPAYERS
Even though the Republican tax plan has cleared the Senate, the fight is not over. The plans differ between the House and the Senate, but one thing is sure, many Maryland residents will pay more. About 46 percent of taxpayers in the state itemize their deductions, and the GOP bills will scramble their returns by cutting deductions for state and local income tax. According to the data, Maryland ranks fourth in the country in the amount claimed for this deduction. Meanwhile, southern states will gain the benefit since they are at the bottom of the list in this stat. How can Andy Harris support that? Good question to ask at the town hall. The bill will come back from conference and be voted on the week of Dec. 18, according to many observers. That mean Rep. Harris will once again have to make a decision on whether to help his constituents, or the big corporations that will benefit most.
*** GET FREE LEGAL ADVICE
Mid-Shore Pro Bono is offering free legal advice on a range of civil legal issues. You can meet with a volunteer attorney to receive free legal advice on how to resolve issues. The organization is having several clinics regarding various topics in the next month.
You can make an appointment for a meeting at once of these clinics by calling 410-690-8128
GENERAL CIVIC CLINIC: Dec. 15, Talbot District Court House, Easton
Dec. 19, Chesapeake College Library, Wye Mills
ELDER LAW CLINICS: Dec. 21, Talbot County Senior Center, Easton
BANKRUPTCY CLINICS: Dec. 12, Easton.
For more information, call 410-690-8128
TALBOT RISING TACKLES ISSUES ON TV
Talbot Rising has produced a series of video programs taped at the Avalon Theater with MCTV. You can watch these informative exchanges on YouTube. Here's your quick program guide and easy links:
Affordable Care Act
The Opioid Crisis
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