Lisa Brannigan Rodvien

Lisa Brannigan Rodvien
  • Democrat
  • Age: 44
  • Residence: Annapolis

About Lisa Brannigan Rodvien

Education

B.A. Cornell University, 1996 J.D. Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2000, magna cum laude M.Ed. George Mason University, 2007

Background

After graduating from law school in 2000, Lisa clerked in the Washington D.C. Superior Court, Felony Division. She went on to practice Education Law for a boutique law firm in Washington, DC during the passage and early years of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. She worked with state education agencies as they implemented the law’s new requirements. After working in that field, she eventually decided to move directly into the field of Education. She has been a public school teacher since 2007.

Questionnaire

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Development
Should the county develop small area plans as part of the upcoming General Development Plan and Comprehensive rezoning process?
Brannigan Rodvien: Rather than creating brand new small area plans, the County should start its next comprehensive rezoning process by looking at the Small Area Plans used to form the 2009 General Development Plan. Community members spent enormous amounts of time and effort in creating these earlier small area plans. These plans should be used as a basis for revised and updated Small Area Plans that would guide the General Development Plan and comprehensive rezoning that process that will occur in the next years. Finally, it is critical that the County Council adhere to the zoning designations that result from the process.
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Teachers
The Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County continues to advocate for a return of step increases given up during the 2008 recession. Should the County Council fund these increases?
Brannigan Rodvien: The Anne Arundel County Council needs to fund teachers’ lost steps. Teachers will continue to leave AACPS for better pay elsewhere and the school system’s diminished workplace reputation will prolong recruiting difficulties. Furthermore, the current practice of hiring new teachers at higher salaries than veteran teachers will impair morale until the inequity is fixed.
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Taxes
Do you support maximizing revenue under the county tax cap, or seeking additional revenues to support increased spending on education, public safety or other initiatives?
Brannigan Rodvien: Any discussion regarding a need for additional revenue should begin with a close examination of how funds are currently being used as well as a search for possible efficiencies. Furthermore, the County can create additional revenue by setting developer impact fees that cover 100% of the cost of the impact that development creates. Finally, Anne Arundel County’s current tax rates are still well under the level of the tax cap. Before making moves to raise the county’s tax cap, the County should look to other methods of increasing revenue.
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