Sen. Ron Young kicked off his re-election campaign Friday, announcing that he would continue to push for tuition assistance, keeping corporate taxes in Maryland and tax benefits for seniors.
Young (D-District 3) held a legislative breakfast Friday at Ceresville Mansion outside of Frederick to raise funds for his campaign and highlight his agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session.
The two-term incumbent said he planned to keep working to pass several items that didn’t make it through the last session, including a bill that would waive tuition for qualified students enrolled in vocational training, apprenticeships and community college.
To fund that effort, Young said he will propose a companion bill designed to keep corporate taxes from national chains in Maryland. Legislative analysis found that his proposal would generate $50 million in state taxes annually, according to Young.
Young said he’d also push a bill designed to keep seniors in Maryland. It would expand the definition of a retirement plan to include individual accounts and increase the maximum exemption amount from $33,000 to $75,000 over five years.
Other items included expanding slot machines to fraternal organizations such as the Elks Lodge. Proceeds would partially benefit homeless veterans programs. Another resolution would push for more women to be on corporate boards. Young also said he will propose updating the state’s film tax credit to provide funding specifically for Maryland’s independent filmmakers.
Young said that, if elected, this would be his last term as senator.
When asked what he considered his biggest accomplishment of the last session, he said it was helping to secure funding for the city of Frederick’s downtown hotel and conference center.
The 2016 and 2017 capital budgets included $16 million for the center in each year, but the city has yet to request the release of the grant funding from the Maryland Board of Public Works.
His biggest regrets, Young said, were not yet being able to pass the items he plans to take up again this year, including his tuition waiver plan.
Frederick County has two representatives in the state Senate. They serve four-year terms and currently earn $50,330 annually.
As of Friday, Republican Craig Giangrande was the only contender filed to run for the District 3 seat, according to the State Board of Elections. Frederick County Councilman Billy Shreve (R) has announced that he will run for the office, but has not formally filed to be listed on the ballot.
Sen. Michael Hough (R-District 4) is seeking re-election to his Senate post.
The 2018 primary election is on June 26, and the general election follows on Nov. 6.