County Executive Pittman's Weekly Letter

“It’s the direct, raw, and sometimes unconventional story the way I want to tell it. It’s my take on what matters each and every week from the fourth floor of the Arundel Center.”  

-- County Executive Steuart Pittman

 

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Weekly Letter: Family Stories

I’ve had zero influence on my sister’s thinking about education, but her work has influenced me. Now that you know about that one sister, I might as well come clean. There are others. They’ve all influenced me. You see, I was born into a public policy think tank.
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Weekly Letter: Back to School

Our future depends on the next generation solving problems, cooperating with one another across the planet, and confronting these threats. Going from a home environment to a school environment is a first step to get there, into something bigger, into community, into diversity, and into opportunity.
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Weekly Letter: Development

I’m not anti-development. In fact I may be more pro-development - pro redevelopment, transit-oriented development, town center development, and housing for our essential workers - than any County Executive before me. But I’ll fight like hell to protect nature from destruction by human beings.
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Weekly Letter: MACO

When we sit down as a Board of Directors, we are friends and allies in the urgent work of managing the institutions of local government. Doing that work either as an elected leader or a county agency employee without knowing and learning from peers across the state who are doing the same work, would be irresponsible. So we gather in Ocean City, and we all benefit.
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Weekly Letter: Sailing School

What I’ve found is that sailing on the Bay is a lot like galloping the countryside on a horse. You’re not in complete control, but when you find the perfect balance and tact, you’re in harmony with the world.
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Weekly Letter: The Hispanic Chamber at Live!

I described the entrepreneurial spirit I’d witnessed at the monthly business breakfasts hosted by our Multicultural Affairs Officer, the generosity of Latino business owners during the pandemic, and our efforts to ensure that our Salvadoran families here legally through the Temporary Protected Status program are informed and prepared to renew that status before it expires.
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Weekly Letter: The Carnival, Nonprofit Center, and Wye Island

We’ve had another good summer week in our little microcosm of America, even as news from across the globe has ranged from forecasts of sooner-than-expected climate change shocks to US economic forecasters finally acknowledging the effectiveness of federal government post-pandemic action.
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Weekly Letter: River Days Born, Blues Deliver, and Protecting Meade Village

Three extraordinary things happened in Anne Arundel County over the weekend, so I’m writing about all three - River Days, the Annapolis Blues, and protecting Meade Village.
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Weekly Letter: The Armed Forces

At the end of a formal dress parade on the Naval Academy’s Worden Field, I told an older alumnus in the seat next to me how impressed I was with the discipline and coordination, and how I wished more people could experience something like it in their education. “We not me,” was his reply. Exactly.
County Executive Pittman at a press conference

Weekly Letter: It’s Just Too Much

That overwhelmed feeling in the face of the news, the questioning of purpose and meaning, it’s something we all feel at times and it has a purpose. It’s what inspires us to solve problems, and it’s been part of the human condition for as long as we’ve been on this planet.
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Weekly Letter: Housing & Schools

From there, we will carefully manage county growth in compliance with Plan2040, and we will work with our Board of Education to implement their Facilities Master Plan, thereby producing for our kids a future that is smarter, greener, more equitable, and better educated.
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Weekly Letter: Guns

We do our gun violence prevention work at the local level because our neighbors are dying, but we’re up against an industry that profits from convincing people that they need more guns, and deadlier guns. Their campaigns are working, and more people are dying.
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Weekly Letter: Financing Campaigns

Creating a more fair system of funding elections, one in which candidates have time to focus on solving the social issues of our day rather than winning the financial support of the most wealthy stakeholders, ultimately benefits everyone, including the corporations. Why? Because businesses today desperately need a well-educated, well-housed, healthy workforce to create the future we all seek
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Weekly Letter: Pride

The celebration is like a coming of age for humanity. It’s a celebration that we have finally arrived at a place where it’s simply our humanity that we celebrate. That regardless of how we choose to live and love, what we look like, or where we’re from, we are celebratory, loving human beings, and just like all the fairy tales say, love wins.
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Weekly Letter: Competing for Teachers

To compete with our neighboring jurisdictions for next year’s crop of new teaching applicants, Anne Arundel County must offer a competitive starting salary.
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Weekly Letter: Herd Safety and Brave Exploration

We can retreat or we can engage. If we engage, we can do something incredibly empowering for both sides. We can explore, and ask questions. Whenever I’ve managed to explore those who I’ve considered my opponents, I’ve walked away a little wiser and happier.
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Weekly Letter: Making Places

New friendships, learning, and joy will emerge from this place, only because it was made…The making of places is an ancient human practice that has always been our key to progress. As our world becomes more complex we must not lose our capacity to make places, places where we can thrive in harmony with nature.
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Weekly Letter: Trauma - How Can We Help?

“Doing the hard work of reducing violence, improving mental health, and connecting one another is the task before us. When we fail, the result is trauma, and trauma happens every day, even here in Anne Arundel County, the best place for all. But amidst all the division and chaos I’ve watched and met with people who are moving us forward.”
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Weekly Letter: Raising Taxes

“Funding Our Future is how we branded the budget, and it’s what we’re doing. I’m damn proud that we’re investing in children, families, our environment, and our essential institutions, and that we’re setting our county up to withstand future economic challenges.”
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Weekly Letter: Standing Up for the Horses

"It's fair to say that Maryland racing is about to undergo some changes, and some big questions need to be answered. If there's only enough money for one track, where should it be? And here's a big question a lot of people are afraid to ask. Is Maryland racing worth saving?"
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Weekly Letter: Learning from the History of the Old Fourth Ward

People’s Park, across from the county’s Arundel Center in Annapolis, is sacred ground. It is where Black Annapolis lived, traded, entertained, and thrived until fifty years ago. That’s when the bulldozers arrived…Knowing history is a powerful antidote to repeating the worst of it, but what happened to the Old Fourth Ward gets repeated over and over again.
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Weekly Letter: Building A Budget

“The Budget Office is trying to put a puzzle together and make it balance. I am trying to create a better future for the people of this county. The budget impacts our people, our politics, and our future budgets.”
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Weekly Letter: Race, History, and Policing

<p>"I spent the day Friday at the National Museum of African American History and took the same tour, led by the same two historians - Dr. Sharita Jacobs-Thompson and Dr. Bernie Demczuk - that every sworn Anne Arundel County police officer does this year as part of their in-service training.”</p><div> </div>
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Weekly Letter: The Bond Rating Pitch

“And then I get to the part I’m most proud of - fiscal discipline…refusing to use one-time money for recurring expenses, lowering our borrowing for the first time in history by using our fund balance on capital projects, stowing money away in our reserve fund for a rainy day, funding our pension obligations beyond required levels, and taxing both income and property at levels far below those of our neighbors and far below the state cap.”