As our bipartisan budget-fashioning crumbled in the final days of the legislative session, the General Assembly set aside nearly $200 million of the budget and urged the governor to fund these priorities, including nearly $70 million for education funding for Baltimore City, Baltimore County and 11 other counties. It is terrific news that the governor announced the release of nearly $70 million to fulfill our commitment to state employees for a 2 percent cost of living adjustment that had been promised earlier in the year. It is the governor who has the sole discretion to release the education funds and, as stated by the CEO and superintendent of Baltimore city and county school systems on these very pages, "it is essential for our young people to know, and most importantly to believe, how bright their future can be through access to a high-quality education." Nearly 35 percent of adults aged 25 and older in Sandtown-Winchester lack a high school diploma. As our education leaders also stated, "this is the time to deepen our engagement and investment in youth." The legislature has enabled the governor to make this investment real.