Old Line secured additional funding for Goodwill through legislation recently signed by Governor Hogan, adding to financial support secured through the Executive Branch.
Earlier during the 2022 Legislative Session, Old Line Government Affairs was able to secure funding for their client Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake through the Executive Branch, leveraging opportunities for financial support through the state budget. In a year with a budget surplus, our lobbyists were able to ensure there was funding set aside for Goodwill’s Excel Adult Education Program.
That’s only one part of the equation; Old Line’s lobbyists were also able to secure additional funding by lobbying for legislation. SB 798 was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Guy Guzzone, and along with support from Delegate Pat Young and Senator Cory McCray, the legislation providing additional funding for Goodwill’s Excel program passed in both houses and was signed into law by Governor Hogan on May 16, 2022. See photo below featuring Old Line’s Sherry Nickerson and Goodwill’s Lisa Rusyniak and Jonathan Balog, pictured behind Senate President Bill Ferguson, Governor Larry Hogan and Speaker of the House Adrienne A. Jones.
Old Line recognized dual paths for funding opportunities and lobbied for their client through both the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch. The funding secured for Goodwill will support a diverse population of students in the Excel program, increasing access to higher education, employment with higher wages and increased career prospects.