In late September, State Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that upon closing the state’s books on Fiscal Year 2021, the State’s General Fund had a surplus of $2.5 billion. (See Neil Bergsman’s blog on the topic.) The following week, Governor Hogan announced five priorities for spending this surplus: tax relief for working families, tax relief for retirees, building the state’s reserve fund, increasing state employee benefits and relief for underserved Marylanders.
Maryland Nonprofits has prepared a letter on how the state’s surplus should be allocated to the diverse communities we serve and in partnership with the nonprofit sector. Please join us in calling for our state to dedicate $1 billion to:
Put People First
- Extend and provide benefits to the Marylanders most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects
- Close the wage gap for direct care workers
- Invest in workforce development
Partner with the Nonprofit Sector
- Provide an additional round of COVID-19 financial relief for the nonprofit sector
- Eliminate unnecessary application and reporting red tape and assure timely payments
Please join me in signing this letter in support of putting people first and partnering with the nonprofit sector.