Published on January 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Gov. Larry Hogan donned a hair net for the final inaugural event where he and his wife Yumi, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and his wife Monica, other politicos and average citizens packed macaroni and cheese packs for the Maryland Food Bank... Read More →
Published on January 25th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar
Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. must be doing something right in his first few days in office because he's got nearly everyone upset about his $40 billion budget.
Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, lobbying groups of all shapes and sizes are griping about parts of the new governor's spending plan. That's a good thing... Read More →
Published on January 23rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie
Gov. Hogan proposes cuts to Medicaid reimbursements, state employee salaries and education aid, testing the boundaries of the new governor’s call for bipartisanship. However, funding for the Red and Purple lines remains for now; Senate questions requested cuts in slots, hike in table games by two casinos; Carroll GOP central committee sends Hogan three names to fill one seat, won’t back down over Frazier as Getty replacement but Getty to stay in Senate a while longer; Del. Serafini nominated to replace Sen. Shank; Perdue looks to move 150 jobs from Salisbury to Delaware; and Arundel exec calls heroin problem a public health emergency... Read More →
Published on January 22nd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Newly sworn in Gov. Larry Hogan released about half the state budget Thursday, the $16.4 billion general fund budget -- spending funded by sales, income, and corporate taxes and gambling.
The budget reduces $766 million in planned spending increases, with health care providers, state employees and aid to education taking the biggest hits... Read More →
Published on January 22nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie
Naturally, the political news mainly centers around Larry Hogan’s inauguration as Maryland’s 62nd governor. He addresses bipartisan cooperation, declares that the state is indeed “open for business” and even jokes about his election as a Republican; N.J. Gov. Christie introduced the new Maryland governor and later drew parallels between him and Hogan; in other news, McCormick’s CEO won’t commit to staying in Maryland; Hogan pulls the new farm phosphorous rules; and many Hogan senior advisers will make less than predecessors; the Post profiles new Lt. Gov. Rutherford; Gov. O’Malley offers some practical advice to Gov. Hogan; and while the inaugural ball was a festive affair, the entire day was centered on Hogan and his family... Read More →
Published on January 21st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
"They said it would be a cold day in hell when they elect a Republican governor," Larry Hogan ad-libbed as he took the outdoor podium on a snowy day at the State House. Here are some photos from the day taken by Rebecca Lessner of MarylandReporter.com. ... Read More →
Published on January 21st, 2015 | by Maryland Reporter
Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. emphasized the need for bipartisan cooperation and common sense solutions in his 2,000-word inaugural speech. But he also gave his Republican base some reasons to cheer with a call to "get the state government off of our backs and out of our pockets."... Read More →
Published on January 21st, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar
At least for a brief moment, Gov. Larry Hogan Jr.'s Era of Good Feeling ruled Annapolis.
We'll soon learn if his strong message of bipartisan harmony and mutual respect can survive the harsh reality of Hogan's first, greatly diminished budget, which he'll release Thursday... Read More →
Published on January 21st, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Republicans of the House and Senate kicked off inaugural celebrations early Wednesday, by hoisting a large yellow banner marked “Changed!” outside the back gate to Government House, the governor's mansion... Read More →
Published on January 21st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie
It’s inauguration day for Gov.-elect Hogan: N.J. Gov. Christie will play a role as will the weather; Hogan sees himself as “just” a regular guy while those close to him see him as competitive and goofy; in office, Hogan and his team will have to tackle the state’s difficult pension system; as Gov. O’Malley formalizes death penalty commutations, some legislators want to strip the governor of parole decisions; two casinos want to swap lots of slots for a few table games; state to return to paper ballots in 2016; county execs want to revamp their stormwater fee systems; phosphorus regs to go into effect next month; and state earns a “D” for tobacco control... Read More →