Investing in You
As Maryland’s comptroller, Peter has been unapologetic in his efforts to ensure that taxpayers have a voice in the corridors of power in Annapolis. He’s been a strong steward of the taxpayer’s dollar and has been a staunch advocate for sound fiscal management.
Peter understands that the best investment our state can make is in the workers and small businesses that drive our success. He fights day-in and day-out against wasteful spending that doesn’t impact your quality of life.
The economic and fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced state and county leaders to make difficult budgetary decisions. At the state level, Peter has fought to ensure that our teachers, state employees, and our most vulnerable communities don’t bear the brunt of steep budget cuts.
In July 2020, Peter successfully fought more than $280 million worth of budget cuts proposed by the Hogan Administration. The cuts would’ve impacted teachers’ pensions, state employees’ healthcare, state grants for underserved communities, state assistance for rental housing and child care providers, and funds for disability and mental health programs.
Peter has also called on the Hogan Administration to direct funds from our state’s multi-billion dollar reserves to aid small businesses that are struggling to keep the lights on and to Maryland families who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peter has used his seat on the state’s powerful Board of Public Works to bring about much-needed reforms in our state’s procurement system, while ensuring that your hard-earned tax dollars are being spent wisely. Thanks to his leadership, our procurement system has drastically changed: a significant reduction in single-bid contracts, higher participation from minority-owned and women-owned enterprises, and increased accountability and transparency in the manner in which state contractors spend your money.
The lighted path forward is embodied by a new approach to public policy – one that measures one’s commitment to an issue not by the amount of taxpayer money that we are willing to spend, but by the results that we demand in return.