December 31, 2017

Daily Archives

Update on Student Loan Refinancing

Update on Student Loan Refinancing

I’ve been working to set up the county’s own student loan finance program. Under this program, county residents could refinance their college loans at lower interest rates, shaving hundreds of dollars off their monthly payments and saving thousands over the term of their loan. Those who are saddled with college debt – the average borrower in the county owes upward of $31,000 – knows what a… read more

Purple Line Update

Purple Line Update

Many of you have noticed that work got underway on constructing the county’s biggest transportation project in decades: the Purple Line. While I wholeheartedly support the 16.5-mile light rail line that will link Bethesda and New Carrollton and run through downtown Silver Spring, I know the project got off to a rocky start. With less than a week’s notice to the public, the Georgetown… read more

County Council votes to raise the minimum wage

I’m happy to report, as many of you know, that Montgomery County has become a national leader on this issue last month by raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Last year, the County Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but the County Executive vetoed the bill, and we didn’t have enough votes to override the veto. Councilmember Marc Elrich and I wrote amendments to… read more

Cracking down on human trafficking

Human trafficking – also known as modern slavery – is rapidly on the rise nationally and right here in Montgomery County, in the form of both sex trafficking and forced labor. I’ve been working on this issue for years. And last month, I organized a first-ever 1½-hour presentation for a joint meeting of the council’s Public Safety and Health and Human Services committees. The county has a… read more

By Authority: Friends of Tom Hucker, Dennis Desmond, Treasurer.