END OF 2019 SESSION WRAP-UP
April 19, 2019
As the gavel came down for the final time at midnight on the 2019 legislative session, the mood was somber and reflective as the General Assembly mourned the loss of Speaker and District 30 Delegate, Mike Busch. I am glad to have had a chance to serve with him and get to know him over the last 5 years. While we differed on many political issues, I will forever admire how he consistently conducted business with fairness and professionalism.
As the session started this year, I was named the Deputy Minority Leader of the House. Serving on the leadership team for the Republican Caucus, I supported fellow members by developing the minority position on legislation, negotiating with the majority party on legislative differences, directing minority caucus activities and coordinating and leading debate for the minority party on the house floor. I am humbled by the trust and faith that my colleagues have shown by selecting me to serve in this position.
The legislative session, as it always does, includes both wins and losses. As your representative, it is my duty to keep you informed and aware of legislation that has the potential to both help and harm our community. For this reason, I want to highlight certain legislation and provide you with a brief overview of the past session.
WHY VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS - LETTER TO THE EDITOR RESPONSE
August 21, 2018
In reply to the letter written by Tom Hanrahan wanting to know why he should vote for any Republican this coming Election Day, my answer is simple and the same as was once asked by my favorite President, Ronald Reagan: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”
The answer in most cases is an astonishing Yes. After 43 tax increases implemented by the O’Malley Administration and the Democrat super-majority in the state legislature that resulted in 8,000 businesses closing and our state losing 100,000 jobs, it’s now the dawn of a new era in Maryland.
Governor Hogan and General Assembly Republicans successfully negotiated and passed four straight budgets without a tax increase. This is something that was never accomplished during the O’Malley years. Bringing fiscal responsibility back to the State House allowed us for the first time in Maryland state history to fully fund programs we all care about like the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund, Program Open Space and record funding for the K-12 school system. The reduction of regulations and fees, so that business owners are not being raked over the coals, has given them the confidence and security to invest and hire, thereby giving more people throughout our state more opportunities to find jobs and become more financially secure.
In St. Mary’s County, our Republican State Delegates passed every bill that was asked of us by our Republican County Commissioners. 33 bills in total, which is 10 more than the previous Delegation, proving we maintain a good working relationship with our local colleagues. I feel I have had great success passing or amending legislation that benefits for my constituents. I am proud to say I put my district over the party and voted in my district’s best interest, not in some votes but every vote.
Absolutely one of my biggest accomplishments was stopping Maryland Democrats from making Maryland a sanctuary state for criminally convicted illegal aliens. I have also noticed that none of the state Democrat candidates in District 29 have come out against making Maryland a sanctuary state, harboring non-citizen, violent offenders. The public should demand an answer to that.
When you consider our legislative accomplishments, our great constituent services, plus the long-needed infrastructure projects we were able to secure for the people of St. Mary’s County, I think our opponents will have a very hard time justifying how they could do this job better.
We know there are still many problems to fix in Maryland, but we are undoubtedly the best team to handle that task. And as far as President Trump goes, he is not on the ballot this year in Maryland. I believe we have the bigger task of finding and implementing solutions to the issues we have that affect our daily lives here, locally, and I am committed to continuing to do just that.
Matt Morgan, State Delegate for District 29A, North St. Mary's County
March 16, 2018
As a member of the House Health and Government Operations committee, I have a “bird’s eye” view of the issues facing Marylander’s when it comes to health care. Obviously, a huge factor is rising cost of health insurance.
Barrack Obama said, “I believe people want health insurance and what is stopping them from having it is cost. It stands to reason if insurance was cheaper more people would buy it.” I agree with our former President, but unfortunately, cheaper prices are not what Obamacare has delivered. Health insurance for healthy working people especially in the individual market has skyrocketed.
I introduced HB 1509- MD Health Benefit Exchange - Individual Exchange - Copper Plans to Lower Rates. This bill proposes an additional health insurance option, mainly geared to healthy people who otherwise would opt to forgo health insurance due to the skyrocketing cost on the individual market.