Maryland Jewish Community's Annual Advocacy Day and Legislative Reception
By Baltimore Jewish Council
Posted on 02/11/11 | Comments (0)
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 10 - On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, approximately 250 people gathered in Annapolis for the Maryland Jewish community's Annual Advocacy Day and Legislative Reception. The event brought together participants from both the Baltimore and Washington Jewish communities. Groups paid visits to legislators in their offices in both the House and Senate buildings to advocate for issues important to both communities.
The Jewish community continues to be a strong partner with the State of Maryland, and as the Maryland General Assembly and the Governor try to balance the state's budget with a looming $1.6 billion projected deficit, many non-profits, are, again, experiencing economic strain. "We are partners with you and we, just like families and businesses, have tough decisions to make. We will be making budget cuts, but we've got to stick together because we've got neighbors out there that need us. So let's find the common ground, we'll protect our priorities of education and public safety, but understand that cuts will be made," said Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, who addressed the crowd. "Many people here do not realize it, but not only is this the Jewish community together, but it's the Baltimore, Maryland, Washington... the entire community; it took a long time to get everybody here together, and I know that speaking together, it is the strongest of voices," added Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp. Martha Weiman, President of the Baltimore Jewish Council commented, "This year the state is facing deep budget cuts. Despite that, Governor O'Malley has included all of our fiscal priorities in both his capital and operating budgets, and we can't thank him enough."
THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Baltimore Jewish Council, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, sponsored the event.