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St. Mary’s County Funding

April 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on St. Mary’s County Funding | Filed in News

State Direct Aid to St. Mary’s County saw a $4.7 million increase. Education funding was most of that with an extra $4 million for K-12. Libraries saw an increase as did the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). Public Safety stayed the same while the County got 18% more for Transportation, and $200,000 more for Program Open Space.

LEARN MORE: St. Mary’s State-Aid-by-Program-2017


$23M for St. Mary’s Capital Projects:

9,832,000 St. Mary’s College of Maryland, New  Academic Building and Auditorium
3,490,000 Point Lookout State Park, Lighthouse Restoration
3,344,500 Town Creek Water System Phase 1
2,231,500 Patuxent Park Water Main Replacement Phase 4
1,091,000 New Leonardtown Library
800,000 Garvey Senior Activity Center
500,000 Maryland Dove
415,000 Park Hall Elementary School
400,000 Hollywood Elementary School
250,000 Innovative Center for Automomous Systems
200,000 Robert Miedzinski Park Playground Replacement
150,000 St. Clements Island State Park, Re-Deck Piers
125,000  Point Lookout State Park, Re-Deck Marina Boardwalk and Piers
100,000 St.Clements Island North Pier
50,074 Aging Schools Program
30,000 St. Catherine’s Island – Shoreline Improvements
25,000 St. Mary’s County Public Boating Facilities Improvements
23,034,074 St. Mary’s Total

Calvert County Funding

April 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Calvert County Funding | Filed in News

Direct State Aid to Calvert County remained almost unchanged this year. Education funding for K-12 reflected the shrinking student population, but Libraries and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) saw increases. Public Safety stayed the same while Transportation funding increased by 16% and Program Open Space dramatically increased by over 70%.

LEARN MORE: Calvert State-Aid-by-Program-2017


$17M for Calvert Capital Projects:

 10,500,000 Northern High School
   4,250,000 Solomons Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements
   1,617,500 Chesapeake Heights/Dares Beach Arsenic Treatment
      508,000 Calvert County Detention Center Site and Security Improvements
       75,000 Hallowing Point State Park – Boating Facility Master Plan
       50,000 North Beach Fire Department – Marine Fire/Rescue Boat Acquisition
       50,000 End Hunger in Calvert County Warehouse
       38,292 Aging Schools Program
 17,088,792 Calvert Total

Maryland Precincts

February 6, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Maryland Precincts | Filed in News
I made a map of how we actually vote, precinct by precinct. It’s Red if the top of the ticket went Republican in ’14 and ’16; Blue if the precinct went Democrat both times – but White if it changed from one election to the next.
We can argue if Maryland is the most gerrymandered state in the Union but there is no doubt our districts are manipulated. The real question is, what is fair representation for our citizens?

(right click to download high resolution image)

2017-2018 Senatorial Scholarship Applications Now Available

January 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on 2017-2018 Senatorial Scholarship Applications Now Available | Filed in News

29th District Senatorial Scholarship Program

Legal residents of the 29th Legislative District may apply to Senator Steve Waugh for a Senatorial Scholarship.  Completed applications will be accepted through March 30, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Senatorial Scholarships may be awarded in addition to other State scholarships, including the Hope Scholarship. However, the total of all State scholarships awarded cannot exceed $14,000. Senator Waugh encourages students in his district to apply to other organizations for financial aid in addition to the Senatorial Scholarship.

Applications received by the March 30th deadline will be reviewed by a committee of community leaders and educators from the 29th District. All awards must be used at an eligible institution within the State of Maryland and by undergraduate, graduate, or professional students. If your major is not offered through a Maryland school, please visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s website at for information on how to have your major declared unique.  Applicants are responsible for confirming they are residents of the 29th Legislative District.  Failure to do so will result in application not being considered.  To confirm your legislative District please visit 

Applicants who have been selected to receive a scholarship will be notified sometime in the month of June.

2017-2018 Senatorial Scholarship packet



Senator Waugh Announces Hold of Transportation Funding Formula

December 6, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Waugh Announces Hold of Transportation Funding Formula | Filed in News

Senator Steve Waugh (R, Calvert & St. Mary’s Counties) was notified today that the co- chairs of the Maryland General Assembly Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan (R) and Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn notifying them of the Committee’s intent to hold the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Major Transportation Project Scoring and Ranking System regulations.  Senator Waugh received this notification through his membership on the AELR Committee.

The regulations are the result of controversial legislation that passed during the 2016 Legislative Session, that Gov. Hogan calls the “Road Kill Bill.”  Following the passage of the legislation, the Governor promptly vetoed the legislation which was then reversed in the final hours of the 2016 Session.  The formula required the Department to “evaluate, score, and rank certain major capital projects” with a scoring system that would heavily favor transportation projects in more populated urban areas of the State and cancel projects in less populated rural areas of the State.  Under this new formula every new transportation project in Southern Maryland would be canceled, including the replacement of the Thomas Johnson Bridge which connects St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties.

During a November 18th AELR hearing in Annapolis to discuss these regulations, it became abundantly clear to Senator Waugh that the currently proposed regulations did not satisfy the needs of any jurisdiction in this state, the inclination of the Administration, or any legislators’ intent (including the authors of the bill).

Upon receiving notice from the Committee, Senator Waugh stated, “I am proud to fight hard and be your voice in Annapolis, and I am thrilled that my recommendation to the Committee was so persuasive to at least temporarily halt a disaster nobody wants. Now we have some breathing room that may allow Maryland to step back from the edge of a cliff, and give every jurisdiction and Marylanders fair and equal consideration of transportation projects.”

Registration is open for Senator Waugh’s Ride and Roast!

September 19, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Registration is open for Senator Waugh’s Ride and Roast! | Filed in News


Senator Waugh Receives Perfect Pro-Business Score

September 12, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Waugh Receives Perfect Pro-Business Score | Filed in News

Senator Steve Waugh is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row he has received a 100% score from Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG) in this year’s General Assembly scorecard, indicating a pro-business position. MBRG considers cumulative scores above 70% as pro-business.

Each year, MBRG selects recorded votes from the most recent General Assembly session that have practical or philosophical importance to the widest possible range of Maryland businesses, trade associations, and chambers of commerce. MBRG identifies the selected bills in Roll Call and analyzes the votes to produce a score for each legislator. This year, 14 Senators and 29 Delegates received perfect scores of 100%, whereas 2 Senators and 31 Delegates scored below 30%. For the 2016 analysis, Roll Call analyzed 7 Senate votes and 13 House votes.

In response to receiving the perfect rating, Senator Waugh stated “Governor Hogan said, ‘Maryland is Open for Business’ and I am proud to fight alongside him to make it happen. Jobs are the issue – to create jobs here, we have to do business here.”

“There were some disconcerting bills introduced in the 2016 legislative session that can be very detrimental to the business climate, employment, and overall economy of Maryland. Some of those bills passed, some were defeated, and – thankfully – others did not make it out of their respective committees,” said Duane Carey, MBRG President.

“We’re very concerned that those rejected bills will show up again in the next session. We hope that Marylanders will look past the innocuous or even encouraging names of these bills and hold their legislators accountable for what is actually in them…what their actual effects will be.”

The 2016 edition of Roll Call can be downloaded at

Senator Steve Waugh Announces 1st Annual Bull and Oyster Roast!

August 16, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Steve Waugh Announces 1st Annual Bull and Oyster Roast! | Filed in News

Save The Date - Fundraiser

Waugh Forum #2- Liquor Laws

July 20, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Waugh Forum #2- Liquor Laws | Filed in News

As your State Senator I am honored to serve you on the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. We held over 500 hearings on a wide variety of legislation, making us the busiest committee in Annapolis. This year we had about 140 local and statewide alcohol related bills come through the various Senate committees that should be of interest to those who have a liquor license.

Please join me for an open discussion on the impact of the liquor licensing issues introduced and passed during the 2016 session as well as provide input for the upcoming session. We’ll talk about what happened, what didn’t, and why. Talking with you personally gives me a perspective other Senators do not have; I need to hear from you what is important for next year.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 26 at the the Lexington Park Library from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm. The meeting is open to the public. There is no need to RSVP, however, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 410-841-3673 or email me at

Senator Waugh Announces Formation of AeroMaryland

June 20, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Waugh Announces Formation of AeroMaryland | Filed in News

Senator Steve Waugh (R, Calvert & St. Mary’s Counties) and the St. Mary’s Delegation are honored to jointly announce the formation of AeroMaryland, an exciting new venture of local businesses, the Navy Alliance, the Patuxent Partnership, and the County Government in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Commerce.

AeroMaryland will be an umbrella of businesses pursuing fast new contracts to deliver critical technologies to the Department of Defense. It will enable businesses and universities in St. Mary’s County to quickly respond to the needs of the Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD) through AIRWORKS, their rapid prototyping and integration office. “We’ve got to grow the economy and diversify our industry in St. Mary’s County and the State. AeroMaryland is how,” Senator Waugh stated.

Delegate Deb Rey (R, St. Mary’s County) said, “AeroMaryland will uncover hidden technical potential and value from research and development facilities,” first at NAS Patuxent River and eventually Aberdeen Proving Grounds. They will use commercial service contracts and cooperative research agreements to optimize and leverage each other’s resources.
AeroMaryland will make the State an aviation powerhouse and provide diversification for Southern Maryland. It will apply the preeminent technical capabilities from across the entire state to new areas of the civil and commercial aerospace and autonomous systems economy.

Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Gill stated, “I’m all in for growing our target industries in Maryland, and aerospace is one of the sectors that is so important to the state as well as to the nation. With NAS Patuxent River and Indian Head, Southern Maryland is a center of naval aviation and I wouldn’t trade those assets for anything.”

“The Navy’s acquisition requirements are changing and we have to change with them.” stated Retired Rear Admiral Steve Eastburg, who has spearheaded the AeroMaryland effort for months.

The official backing of the State comes after months of meetings in Senator Waugh’s Annapolis office and in St. Mary’s County with delegates, commissioners, the Maryland Department of Commerce, local businesses, non-profits and initial customers to discuss the best path forward. The program will officially launch with the hiring of an Executive Director who will be tasked with executing business planning and market analysis.

Incoming President of the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, Brian Norris, stated “The Alliance is ready to commit a share of the funding needed to help make this a reality. AeroMaryland is a path to further economic prosperity for Southern Maryland and the State.”

Patuxent Partnership Executive Director Bonnie Green said “AeroMaryland is the route to aviation technology innovation and growth, including autonomous and manned systems, additive manufacturing, and increased foreign military sales opportunities.”

AeroMaryland, once active, will attract businesses from across the country to Maryland. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Tom Jarboe (R) stated, “Maryland is Open for Business, and St. Mary’s is nailing up the shingle for AeroMaryland.”

Delegate Matt Morgan (R-St. Mary’s County) stated, “Exciting things are happening as Maryland expands the A,B,C’s of a new economy. For years, Maryland’s Department of Commerce focused on building Bio-tech and Cyber-tech as the State’s primary industries, and AeroMaryland creates a third leg to Maryland’s economy.”

Governor Larry Hogan’s (R) business friendly policies made AeroMaryland possible. Capping spending prevented tax increases for two years, creating a more favorable business climate.

“Jobs are the issue, and AeroMaryland will bring completely new jobs here from existing Navy customers, then from Army customers at Aberdeen, and ultimately from foreign military and commercial customers around the world. AeroMaryland is a better return for the State than anything else we’ve done,” Senator Waugh said.


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