Annapolis, Md. – Nine members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) traveled to Annapolis this week to meet with local legislators to discuss real estate priorities in the 2015 legislative session of the General Assembly.
(From left) CAR Board President Vicki Harmon, Del. Mary Beth Carozza, CAR President-elect Linda Moran at the 2015 MAR Legislative Breakfast in Annapolis.
The Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) hosted a Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Members of the Eastern Shore delegation in attendance were Del. Carl Anderton, Del. Mary Beth Carozza, Del. Johnny Mautz, Del. Charles Otto, and Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes. In addition to discussing MAR’s legislative priorities for 2015, CAR members inquired about Eastern Shore-specific issues like flood insurance rates in Somerset County, the absence of broadband in some areas, downtown revitalization in Salisbury and Berlin, and tourism in Ocean City, as well as broader issues like job loss and creation, economic growth, and more.
“This event was a wonderful opportunity for us to touch base with our local delegation so that they understand the needs of our industry as they get into the thick of the session,” said CAR Board President Vicki Harmon. “We’d like to thank MAR for hosting the event and our local delegates for attending.”
Gov. Larry Hogan, a REALTOR® and member of MAR for 32 years, spoke at the event, ensuring attendees that Maryland is now “open for business.”
“I’ve submitted a structurally balanced budget for the first time in 10 years,” Hogan said. “The budget expends $16.4 million on $16.4 million in revenue. It’s time for the government to live within its means.”
Hogan said over the past several years, 8,000 small businesses in Maryland have closed, the state has become the second in the nation in foreclosure numbers, and unemployment rates have doubled.
“We’re going to put Maryland on a new path,” he said. “Maryland is now open for business. We will focus on jobs, the economy, and families, while getting the government off our backs and out of our pockets.”
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. also addressed attendees, as did the MAR 2015 Legislative Committee Chair Paula Reeder and 2015 MAR President Janice Kirkner. MAR Vice President of Government Affairs Bill Castelli reviewed MAR’s legislative priorities for 2015 and MAR CEO Mary Antoun outlined how statistics available through MAR can assist legislators.
“We’d like to thank our members who took the time to travel to Annapolis to represent our association, as well as MAR for hosting the breakfast,” said Sheila Dodson, executive director of CAR. “We will continue to ensure the voices of our local REALTORS® are heard as legislation pertaining to the health and viability of our industry is considered at the state and local levels.”
More about Coastal Association of REALTORS®
Coastal Association of REALTORS® is the leading local advocacy group in the real estate industry on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Coastal REALTORS® works in partnership with its members to promote home ownership and preserve, protect, and advocate private property rights. The organization supports 1,000 REALTORS® who serve Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties.
For more information on Coastal REALTORS®, visit www.coastalrealtors.org. The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark unique to real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.
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