State reports $295 million surplus, but Franchot, Hogan agree to keep tight reins on spending; Maryland’s dropping SAT scores following nationwide trend, calls into question college readiness; as Gov. Mandel laid to rest, family remembers his devotion to his family. He is also remembered for promoting civil rights; Del. Wilson seeks road to preventing child abuse; Attorney General Frosh questions Hogan’s stands on environment, eyes rising heroin problem; DGS-Annapolis director dismissed: He developed O’Malley “junk” furniture purchase formula; and report criticizes Chevy Chase officials in “stealth” write-in victory.
Standardized testing is chipping away at “so many layers” of a public school classroom these days, a panel of educators said during a town hall meeting -- taking away from teacher autonomy to curriculum and even technology hubs placed in schools to help students learn and connect to a high-tech world.
The insinuation that Marylanders would rather receive public assistance than work is not only insulting, but factually incorrect. The reality is that the safety net provides many Maryland families with support at critical moments, particularly when they aren’t paid enough to meet the cost of necessities.
A new report by libertarian think-tank Cato Institute asserts that Maryland’s welfare benefits are higher than almost every European country, with the exception of Denmark and the United Kingdom.
“It’s clear that welfare benefits in Maryland are sufficiently high that they can act as a disincentive to work,” said Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and lead author of the study. “Maryland should be re-examining its welfare policies to put more emphasis on work.”
Former Gov. Marvin Mandel died Sunday, ending a remarkable life that made him one of the most influential Maryland governors of the past century and one of the most colorful, with personal drama providing flourishes to his large public accomplishments.
A real-life drama -- and personal tragedy -- played out last week when the Maryland Board of Public Works took up the Hogan administration's request to fire 59 state workers who don't deserve to be coldly thrown out of their jobs. Most of them have earned sterling performance reviews. They have worked diligently for the state responsibly handling personnel matters. Yet now they have been accused -- unfairly and without a whisper of truth -- of being part of the state prison system's "rampant criminal activity" and "corruption."
Gov. Larry Hogan’s 11-member Redistricting Reform Commission, created on Aug. 6 by executive order, met for first time near the State House Thursday where they outlined their first steps to reform the process of drawing Maryland’s congressional and legislative district lines. They have less than 10 weeks to finish their work and make recommendations to the governor and legislature.
Maryland's Asian Sister States program, along with representatives of the ambassadors of China, Korea and Japan, honored First Lady Yumi Hogan at a welcome reception Thursday hosted by UMBC's Asian Studies Program. Mrs. Hogan, a native of South Korea, is the first Asian American to serve as a state's first lady in the country.
Gov. Hogan said, "I share a lot of concerns that the comptroller has with respect to Pearson, PARCC, and over-testing. We still think we're over-tested." Hogan noted that he had signed into a law a commission to study and make recommendations about the amount of testing in public schools. "Everything [Franchot] said, I agree with," Hogan said. But "if we don't do it, it could be worse."
Not all regulations are bad, of course. Many serve important purposes, most especially those directly related to protecting public health and safety in carefully targeted ways. But all regulations impose costs upon those they affect, be they ordinary citizens or business. And, this is the important point: these regulatory costs -- although 'off-budget' -- have the same economic effect as taxes."
So, just as reducing unnecessary spending is important to improving Maryland's fiscal health, so too is eliminating unnecessary or unduly burdensome regulations.