Committee for Montgomery
2017 Legislative Priorities
Committee for Montgomery (CfM) is a coalition of leaders representing a broad cross-section of Montgomery County business, labor, education, civic, arts and humanities, and community-based organizations. We develop and support initiatives serving the broad interests of the Montgomery County Community rather than narrow interests of any single group.
During the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Session, CfM will strongly advocate for resources to address the needs facing our rapidly evolving community. The increasingly diverse composition of the County calls for the State's attention and resources in the areas of economic development, education, and transportation. Together, we will leverage the diversity of our membership to illustrate to the Maryland General Assembly that Montgomery County has a great and growing need for increased investment from the State. This session, our goal is to make the case that targeted economic return is necessary to support the changing dynamics of our County.
CfM’s focus on securing necessary levels of State funding for the County are based on some of the following: 1. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has added more than 2,000 students. Today, approximately 30% of incoming kindergarteners speak a language other than English as their first language. MCPS has more students in the Free and Reduced-price Meal (FARM) program than the entire student population of the District of Columbia public schools 2. Over 250,000 people travel on I-270 each day, making it the most congested roadway in Maryland. Investments to address this issue, along with alternative plans to aid with congestion relief are critical to the economic vitality of the County 3. Economic investment in our future – from supporting community colleges, apprenticeship programs, and initiatives that clear the way for businesses to thrive – will be the key to ensuring we remain the economic powerhouse of Maryland for decades to come
For the 2017 legislative session, CfM will advocate for a broad- based economic development platform, with specific emphasis on the following four areas that require critical immediate investment and attention from the State.