April 2015

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State Roundup, April 24, 2015

Published on April 24th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan will sign bill to allow police to wear body cameras; educators plead for release of $68 million, Hogan decision pending; Hogan discusses first 100 days with press; governor will spend $2 million on heroin problem; online hotel booking tax bill awaits signing, but will the Hogan pick up his pen?; tourism up in Maryland; Comfort in at MTA, Peters out at SHA; Hogan sends troopers to Baltimore City Freddie Gray protests; Rawlings-Blake cancels fundraiser; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend considers U.S. Senate her dream job; and Van Hollen hires campaign manager... Read More


News

Gov. Larry Hogan talks with reporters Thursday at the 100 days event.

Hogan still debating hotel tax

Published on April 23rd, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Gov. Larry Hogan is now wrestling with the issue many legislators debated this session: are online travel agents paying the full sales-tax owed to Maryland... Read More


News

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, networks at a press event marking 100 days in office.

100 days: Hogan fires back on education funding debate

Published on April 23rd, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Gov. Larry Hogan did not give a final decision about whether to fund a requested $68 million to aid counties with higher costs of education during a 100 days in office press event on Thursday. Also on the menu were the governor’s responses to the Freddie Gray investigation ongoing in Baltimore City, transparency and overtesting in public schools... Read More


April 2015

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State Roundup, April 23, 2015

Published on April 23rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Environmental and health groups say they will sue Gov. Hogan over enforcement of clean air regulations; 2013 gun law responsible for spike in sales; Hogan addresses death in police custody of Freddie Gray; businesses rally behind Purple Line; East Coast senators, including Ben Cardin, hope to block off-shore drilling; 80% of U.S. Rep. Edwards’ campaign funds come from out of state; Van Hollen and Edwards named to campaign finance task force, Edwards is to chair; and retiring USM Chancellor Kirwan honored at gala-fundraiser... Read More


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State Roundup, April 22, 2015

Published on April 22nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Legislators and teachers push Gov. Hogan to release millions in education funds; Prince George's gets alcohol sales on Sundays; Robert Smith leaves MTA for the second time under a Republican governor; state budget secretary and delegate are among those delinquent on taxes in Frederick County; MGM National Harbor Casino is sued over minority contracting; Justice Department opens a probe into the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore City Police custody; and Donald Trump to star at MD GOP’s annual fundraiser in June. ... Read More


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State Roundup, April 21, 2015

Published on April 21st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan to stay neutral on Pepco/Exelon merger; audit questions distribution of unclaimed slots winnings; a look at the state’s new public information law; the failure of a Baltimore City police watchdog bills and the death of Freddie Gray; EEOC sues Maryland Insurance Administration over equal pay; singer Barbra Streisand donates to Edwards’ Senate campaign; Jamie Raskin picks up endorsements for congressional run; and former Gov. O’Malley says a naughty word to NPR listeners, parlays it into donations... Read More


Analysis

Hogan frowning

Analysis: Hubris at the Board of Public Works?

Published on April 20th, 2015 | by Charlie Hayward

Whether you call him the new sheriff in town, or the public-sector incarnation of the muscle-bound wrestler “Hulk” Hogan, Governor Larry Hogan has meted out his own brand of “whoop ass” on flat-footed state bureaucrats while presiding over his first six meetings of the Board of Public Works, a three-member panel that approves major state procurements... Read More


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