新上任第一天，马州州长韦斯摩尔发放 6900 万美元，并建立新的服务机构
星期四上午，摩尔作为马里兰州新任州长，开始他的第一个方案行动，发放上任州长扣留的 6900 万美元。 随着资金的发放，马里兰州政府机构将开始致力于创建新的“绿色银行”，包括一项病假保险基金和一个为更多医疗专业人员提供堕胎护理培训的项目。
并合理使用数据将纳税人的钱投资于各种项目服务和倡议，这些计划、服务和倡议将解决全马里兰州各地社区最紧迫的问题。 ” 释发放的 6900 万美元资金全部与去年新的四项法案相关，这些法案不是被前州长拉里·霍根拒绝在法定时限内签署，就是被他所否决，但它们最终被民主党多数派通过。
摩尔拨款近 910 万美元，用于支持2022 年气候解决方案中所包含的项目：其中380 万美元用于建立“州绿色银行”，380 万美元用于在“多户住宅”安装可再生能源设备，110 万美元用于the Chesapeake Conservation Corps服务计划，以及 375,000 美元用于“马里兰健康土壤”计划。
政府将向劳工部拨款 1000 万美元，作为支付实施带薪家庭和病假计划的早期启动费用，其中包括为福利基金的900 万美元初始拨款。
“这关乎经济正义和经济公平，”摩尔表示马里兰州 60% 的工作人员无法享受带薪家庭假和病假，“任何在职的马里兰人都不应被迫在照顾亲人或失业之间做出选择。”
摩尔还为the Cannabis Reform Act大麻改革相关法案拨款4650 万美元，其中包括4000 万美元的商务部大麻商业援助基金用于支持休闲大麻产业，500 万美元的卫生部大麻公共卫生基金，
可用于资助大麻合法化或药物滥用治疗的研究，以及 150 万美元用于刑事司法信息系统推动该法案的执行，包括在 7 月 1 日自动撤销先前的持有案件。
最后，摩尔发放了 350 万美元资金用于Abortion Care Access Act堕胎护理准入相关法案，用于资助医生以外的保健从业者的培训，例如执业护士、助产士和医师助理培训，允许他们现在在马里兰州提供堕胎服务。
新机构将管理“service year option”，在这里高中毕业生将有机会为社区服务并获得工作报酬，同时可以学习到为未来工作做好准备的技能。
不久之后的午餐时间，摩尔在州议会大厦二楼会见了他新任命的内阁成员，以及一些霍根州长政府的老内阁成员，还有新任州长任命秘书Tisha S. Edwards。
参加会议的有马里兰州交通部长 James F. Ports Jr.，他是霍根州长任命的，也是来自巴尔的摩郡的前共和党代表。
“嘿，我是海军陆战队员，我会照我说的做，”他笑着说。 “他是上尉，我是中士。 现在他是州长，我是秘书。 他还是比我强。”
“我希望这个部门取得成功。 我希望看到他成功，”他说。 “我住在这里，我的家人住在这里，我们
本报道源自William J. Ford ，于 1 月 20 日更新，以更正州长韦斯摩尔关于他的内阁任命的引述。
On first full day in office, Moore releases $69 million withheld by Hogan and establishes new agency focused on service
In his first official act as Maryland governor Thursday morning, Wes Moore continued last year’s work in the General Assembly, releasing $69 million that had been withheld by his predecessor. With the release of the funds, Maryland state agencies will begin work to create a new “green bank,” a medical leave insurance fund and a program to provide abortion care training for more medical professionals.
Moore made the announcement alongside Lt. Gov. Aruna K. Miller (D) and Secretary of State Susan Lee, two former legislators.
The actions, Moore said, were “a fundamental shift on how the governor’s office is going to approach the budget and the office’s relationship with the General Assembly.”
“We view the General Assembly as partners, not adversaries, in our collective work and our collective effort that thoughtfully and uses data to invest taxpayer dollars in programs, services and initiatives that will address the most pressing concerns of communities all over the state of Maryland,” the Democrat said.
The $69 million in released funding is all connected to four bills that became law last year after former Gov. Larry Hogan (R) either refused to sign them within a statutory time limit or vetoed them, only to be overridden by the Democratic majority in the General Assembly.
The budget announcement kicked off a series of first-day actions by the Moore administration, which also included the signing of two executive orders (on executive branch employee ethical requirements and the establishment of a Department of Service and Civic Innovation), meetings with the state’s top prosecutors about criminal justice initiatives, and a first public gathering of his Cabinet.
Moore is releasing almost $9.1 million for programs included in the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022: $3.8 million to establish a state green bank, $3.8 million for grants to install renewable energy equipment at multi-family homes, $1.1 million for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps service program, and $375,000 for the Maryland Healthy Soils program.
The administration is releasing $10 million to the Department of Labor to pay for early start-up costs to implement a paid family and medical leave program, including a $9 million initial allocation for the benefits fund.
“This is about economic justice and economic equity,” Moore said, noting that 60% of working Marylanders lack access to paid family and medical leave. “…No working Marylander should be forced to choose between caring for a loved one or risking unemployment.”
Moore also released $46.5 million related to the Cannabis Reform Act, including $40 million for a Cannabis Business Assistance Fund in the Department of Commerce to support the forthcoming recreational cannabis industry, $5 million for the Cannabis Public Health Fund in the Department of Health, which could be used to fund research on cannabis legalization or for substance abuse treatment, and $1.5 million for the Criminal Justice Information System to comply with provisions of the act, including automatic expungement on July 1 of prior simple possession cases.
Finally, Moore released $3.5 million in Abortion Care Access Act funds, which will fund training for health practitioners besides physicians — such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants — who are now allowed to provide abortion services in Maryland.
“The dangerous and reckless and unprecedented decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade upended decades of precedent, legal protections and constitutional rights of women and families in Maryland and also across the country,” Moore said. “Now while we are proud that Maryland has some of the strongest laws in the nation to protect and preserve women’s reproductive rights, our values as a state and as a people require us to do more, especially for women and families in states where safe access to reproductive care has been denied.”
The current year budget announcement comes just before Moore is expected to release his own spending proposal for the next fiscal year on Friday morning, the constitutional deadline.
It’s unclear how much the nascent Moore administration was able to shape the budget plan, which was largely drafted by outgoing Hogan administration officials. The new governor could choose to make changes through supplemental budget bills later this legislative session.
In another change from the Hogan administration, Moore will resume a tradition of the governor hosting a morning breakfast for legislative leaders and members of the legislative budget committees before releasing the spending plan publicly.
Additionally, Moore signed his first two executive orders, one setting ethics standards for state employees under his administration and the second establishing a new Maryland Department of Service and Civic Innovation. Both orders deal with the idea of “service,” a subject that he described as “core to our administration” — and one that he referenced repeatedly on the campaign trail last year.
Moore’s first executive order establishes ethics standards that will be required of employees in the executive branch during his administration, including Moore himself and the lieutenant governor.
“In our administration, there will be no question that everyone in our administration will be working on behalf of the people of this state,” he said.
Asked later by reporters about his putting his investments, businesses and assets in a blind trust, Moore said he would be doing so, but that it had not yet been completed.
In referencing the new service agency, Moore invoked the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday was commemorated Monday.
“Doctor King … once said that everyone can be great because everyone can serve,” Moore said. “This department will be the hub of all of our efforts to build a Maryland that serves.”
The new agency would administer the “service year option,” in which high school graduates will be given the chance to serve communities and be paid for their work while learning skills that would prepare them for future jobs.
“Our state needs them involved and engaged now,” he said. “This department will help to foster those types of opportunities.”
He told reporters that his budget, to be released tomorrow, would include funding for the new Department of Service and Civic Innovation.
Moore said he would be appointing a new secretary — a cabinet-level position — to head the department “in the coming days.”
He acknowledged that the new Department of Service and Civic Innovation ultimately would require approval by the General Assembly.
Moore said that he already had talked with Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County), and they “expressed excitement” the proposal.
Asked at Thursday morning’s press conference whether he would be announcing the appointment of his transportation secretary, the highest profile Cabinet position yet to be filled, Moore sidestepped the issue.
“We’re very excited about the announcements we’ve made thus far because I think people are saying that we’ve held true to our word … we are not only going be to bringing on the most qualified, the most talented, the most hard-charging group of secretaries this state has seen, but we’re going to have an administration that looks like the state of Maryland,” he said.
“And that also goes for the positions we have not announced yet,” the governor said.
Cabinet officials meet
A short time later, at lunchtime, Moore met with his newly appointed cabinet members – and some of the old ones from Governor Hogan’s administration — on the 2nd floor of the State House, along with Tisha S. Edwards, the new governor’s appointments secretary.
Among those assembled was Maryland Transportation Secretary James F. Ports Jr., a Hogan appointee and Republican former delegate from Baltimore County.
Asked about being a holdover, Ports said, “He asked me to stick around, and I am until he appoints someone else.”
He then patted the U.S. Marine eagle and anchor pin on his suit coat lapel.
“Hey, I’m a Marine. I do as I’m told,” he said, laughing. “He was a captain and I was a sergeant. Now he’s the governor and I’m a secretary. He still outranks me.”
“I want the department to succeed. I want to see him succeed,” he said. “I live here, my family lives here…. We’re here to stay.”
Moore and Miller also met Thursday with Attorney General Anthony G. Brown and U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron to discuss “strategic partnership and collaboration to protect public safety.”
The leaders spoke briefly to the press after the meeting. Asked whether he would propose legislation in targeting violent and repeat offenders, Moore said yes.
“This is very personal to the people of this state; so, we are going to move very aggressively and coordinate to be able to address this issue of removing violent offenders off the street,” Moore said.
William J. Ford contributed to this report.
This story was updated Jan. 20 to correct a quote from Gov. Wes Moore about his cabinet appointments.