Montgomery County Hosts State Leaders to Discuss 2023 Strategic Priorities

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners met with federal and state legislators on Monday, March 20. During an event at the Weston Job Center, they presented their current strategic legislative priorities for this year.

These include investing in workforce development, supporting childcare programs, improving government performance, and improving the well-being of vulnerable residents.

Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert stressed that the state should consider taking on some of the costs already incurred by local residents.

“The last election cost us $4.3 million. We would ask the state and federal government to support election funding as part of our constitutional duty,” Colbert said. “We ask you to take this burden off the locals and put it where it belongs, state and federal.”

Other issues shared with state legislators were broadband access and restoration of local government fund.

Haley Caretta, director of the county’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, said the dialogue was aimed at strengthening government support for local programs.

“We hope that after today, our federal and state legislators will reflect on Montgomery County and the wonderful work we are doing,” Caretta said. “We also hope they see the support that is still needed locally as they lead discussions in Columbus and DC.”

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