Published on December 17th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Board of Public Works expected to OK contract for new paper-scanning voting machines; Gaming board green lights Hollywood Casino request to cut number of slot machines; with Caesars on brink of bankruptcy, what will happen to Baltimore City’s new Horseshoe Casino?; Sen. Rosapepe offers Gov.-elect Hogan advice on managing budget problems; Hogan, Baltimore City mayor meet over dinner; Del. Tarrant says backers hope to secure federal funds to push State Center project through; Prince George’s lawmakers to defend local, state-funded projects targeted by Hogan; Washington County could secure Ag Center from state; Gov. O’Malley meets with supporters but no talk of presidential bid; Blaine Young admits to relationship with employee recently reassigned; and Harford Council prez backtracks on security policy... Read More →
Published on December 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Senate President Mike Miller announced the full slate of committee assignments Tuesday, finding places for the 11 new senators and shifting several of the incumbents. The Democratic presiding officer determines the committee assignments for both Democrats and Republicans in the 47-member Senate... Read More →
Published on December 16th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Get the new 2015 Maryland State House Birthday Calendar produced by the staff of MarylandReporter.com.
It includes the birthdays of all 188 members of the incoming Maryland General Assembly — including all 58 newly elected members of the House of Delegates and 11 newly elected senators. There are also the birthdays of all statewide elected officials and Maryland members of Congress... Read More →
Published on December 16th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
State’s budget shortfall grows amid predictions of lower tax collections, stagnant wages, problems split between current fiscal year and next; with dire budget predictions, Gov.-elect Hogan could find himself fighting state mandates, education funding advocates; Purple Line’s fate looks gloomier; opinionator Josh Kurtz ponders how Montgomery County could once again find itself in such a politically weakened situation; Sen. Raskin seeks to take out language from state constitution that bans nonbelievers from holding office; former Del. Cane suffers stroke; and legal questions arise over Blaine Young appointment... Read More →
Published on December 15th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
In Monday’s column, Barry Rascovar claimed that an “easy budget fix” for Maryland would be to stop projecting revenues in favor of using a previous year’s levels, and shifting the fiscal year from July-June to January-December.
His arguments are greatly flawed. Here are a few of his assertions and the sensible counters to them... Read More →
Published on December 15th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Gov.-elect Hogan’s visit to Montgomery brings hope for bi-partisanship, projects with huge dose of budget reality; new legislators to address a number of environmental issues; Gov. O’Malley started to address the fracking issue, Gov.-elect Hogan will have to put a stamp on it; Hogan also must face down problems with chicken waste, the Chesapeake and farmers’ future; former Gov. Harry Hughes reflects on a full life at home and in politics; new Frederick County government worries about trickle-down deficit from the state; Carroll Commissioners to keep praying; new Harford exec proposes rooms tax; and Hyattsville considers lowering voting age to ... Read More →
Published on December 14th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland governments are awash in budget deficits.
Yet it need not be quite so bad, if Maryland were to change its budget cycle. ... Read More →
Published on December 12th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Gov.-elect Hogan says Maryland’s budget needs “strong medicine” to repair overspending of the past; Comptroller Franchot sees “adjustments … not draconian changes” to fix budget problems; in-coming Attorney General Frosh defends storm-water fee, farm pollution remediation; Beilenson’s health cooperative doing better under new exchange, enrollment time; some businesses stressed over handling health insurance for their employees; Hogan committed but cautious on restoring funding for Maryland Route 75; clergy to hold police violence protest tonight; Montgomery Exec Leggett recounts recent “politicking while black” incident; Harford council continues to keep citizens at arm’s length; and Gov. O’Malley calls for probe into torture following report... Read More →
Published on December 12th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Incoming Attorney General Brian Frosh promised to be "a strong advocate of transparency and openness" in a speech celebrating the 40th anniversary of Common Cause in Maryland, citizen group committed to open government issues.
"It is important the office of attorney general has a uniform approach" to enforcing the state's Public Information Act, Frosh said. "The default ought to be that we're going to give you the information that you seek."... Read More →
Published on December 12th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Next week, lame-duck Gov. Martin O’Malley may decide to bring the matter of the $1.5 billion State Center project before a divided Board of Public Works.
It would be a controversial move.
Readers responded to Barry Rascovar's previous column on this topic with some interesting thoughts. Their conclusion: There are far better ways to redevelop this space and provide decent offices for state workers in Baltimore... Read More →