Waste of the Week: Jubilee Association of Maryland Community Center

This week we’ll travel to Montgomery County to discuss $300,000 in new state debt proposed by a collection of Senators and Delegates for Montgomery County. The Delegates include Delegates Waldstreicher (D), Carr (D), Gutierrez (D), and Hixson. Our Senators include Madaleno (D), Feldman (D), Kagan (D), King (D), Lee (D), Manno (D), Montgomery (D), and Raskin (D). They are proposing $300,000 in new debt for the Jubilee Association of Maryland for their Maryland Community Center in Montgomery County.

The Jubilee Association of Maryland is a Mennonite organization which provides for adults with disabilities to provide them a place to grow spiritually and mentally as well as provide resources for them for various aspects of their lives. It’s officially a ministry of Hyattsville Mennonite Church. What is the formal mission of the organization? Per their website:

Jubilee Association of Maryland provides opportunities & support for adults with intellectual & other developmental disabilities to live in & enrich their community while fulfilling their personal, family, social, & spiritual needs.

Emphasis mine. Spiritual needs, eh? According to their website, they try to serve the community by helping people meet their spiritual needs through the local community. That said, they’re a church based organization. You know their church will be involved and their website makes it clear there is prayer going on at this facility. They’re also clear on their website that this organization is part of the Mennonite Health Services which is a “…community of Anabaptist health and human service ministries committed to God’s work of healing and hope in Christ Jesus.” Is that a problem? Not for them, but is it the government’s role to be loaning money to a church affiliated organization such as this? I don’t think so.

You’d think liberals like the entire team of co-sponsors would not want to see government funds going to fund a church based mission. You’d think the usual band of people who are generally antagonistic toward the church in general wouldn’t want to loan a church group money. You’d think wrong. Once more, I call upon the members of the state legislature to stop with the bond bills. Stop trying to buy local votes. Stop, quite literally, creating new state debt!

For that set of reasons and the ridiculous amount of debt our state continues to carry, HB0143/SB0238 is this week’s “Waste of the Week.”

Congratulations to Delegates Waldstreicher, Carr, Gutierrez, Hixson and Senators Madaleno, Feldman, Kagan, King, Lee, Manno, Montgomery, and Raskin for putting the state further in debt to gain votes in Montgomery County!

Feel free to submit your suggestions in the comments section of wasteful spending in Maryland.


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Cross-posted from Old Line Elephant

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