Gov. Larry Hogan, R, on Friday announced police and public-safety funding proposals, which drew criticism from Democratic members of the Legislature.
The five-point plan includes boosting the state’s rainy-day fund, tax relief for retirees, tax relief for Marylanders, help for underserved people, and “enhancement” for state employees — likely in the form of compensation.
Maryland counties’ population grew unevenly over the past 10 years, leaving the state’s two redistricting groups to draw new maps and create districts with equal, or close to equal, population.
One of Maryland’s two redistricting commissions is tasked with proposing a state legislative map using only single-member delegate districts, but the current mixed system still has significant support.
Maryland’s two redistricting commissions are allowing the public to draw their own congressional and legislative maps to submit for consideration. Sources said they took several factors into consideration as they outlined districts, such as population, geography and whether or not race should play a dominant role.
Maryland’s legislative and congressional maps are due to be redrawn this year based on new census data. Although Maryland’s two redistricting commissions have differing views on how the lines should be drawn, the Maryland Citizen Redistricting Commission hopes that this year’s process will be more transparent and focused on listening to the public’s needs.