Editor's note: This is part four of an occasional series explaining the committees on which state lawmakers from Washington County serve in the Maryland General Assembly.
Committee name: Ways and Means Committee
Washington County representative: Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington
Started on committee: 1995
Committee's purpose: "The primary purpose of the Ways & Means Committee is to ensure that adequate revenues are raised to meet the state's budget as established by the Appropriations Committee," McKee said. "Additional purposes of the committee are education policy (K-12 and secondary), election law, children and youth issues, gaming and horse racing, and transportation funding."
At the committee's first meeting of the session, Chairwoman Sheila E. Hixson, D-Montgomery, summarized the relationship with the Appropriations Committee: "They're the ones who spend the money and we're the ones who raise it."