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March 2015

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State Roundup, March 2, 2015

Published on March 2nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Despite its wealth, many in Maryland face serious financial struggles; as budget committees consider cutting payment to pension system, Gov. Hogan, Comptroller Franchot oppose the idea; Lt. Gov. Rutherford says heroin problem must be addressed prior to overdose deaths; Senate Pres Miller invokes Hitler’s “big lie” when speaking about Hogan on Dem tax hikes -- later apologizes; for many legislators, balancing work with family life is No. 1 challenge; two proposals would free taxi-alternatives like Uber; Del. Jalisi hearing today; and O’Malley issues warning to Wall Street... Read More


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Comptroller, budget secretary concerned about cuts to pension payments

Published on March 1st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Comptroller Peter Franchot and Gov. Larry Hogan's budget secretary are both raising objections to a proposal reducing state pension payments, saving money that may be used to increase education aid and state employee salaries. "It is a bait and switch on rank-and-file teachers and state employees," said Franchot, as well as "bait-and-switch" on the state's rating agencies and taxpayers... Read More


Alvin Thornton (in suit) and union leaders head march to State House.

Rascovar: Reneging on a pension promise – again

Published on March 1st, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

The legislature's fiscal leaders, in a truly bizarre move, are considering reneging -- once again -- on a commitment to state workers and the public by pulling the plug on supplemental state contributions to Maryland's severely underfunded pension program... Read More


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Hogan, business groups favor small business property tax break

Published on March 1st, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s promise to make Maryland “open for business” is a bill exempting many small businesses from the personal property tax collected by the counties. The exemption would be given to businesses with less than a $10,000 property value, on items such as equipment, furniture, computers, tools and inventory. It applies to more than half of Maryland’s small businesses and will result in an estimated $7 million in tax relief... Read More

February 2015

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State Roundup, February 27, 2015

Published on February 27th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan continues to push his proposal to loosen rules governing charter schools, and gets a boost from the Post editorial board; Hogan proposes tax credit to those corporations that fund ed scholarships; Senate Pres Miller predicts a rocky road to confirmation for one Hogan nominee; controversy surrounds bill that would allow Baltimore City school police to carry weapons; advocates urge reform of law enforcement accountability in excessive force cases; Del. Jalisi has a date in court Monday, and he says he’s unaware of it; Attorney General Frosh backs GOP Central Committee in number of names it can submit to governor; and latest Iowa poll shows O’Malley unknown enough to garner no opinions... Read More

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Showalter Miller Schrader

Senates Past gets the inside baseball about the Orioles present

Published on February 27th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

How do you get Orioles manager Buck Showalter to quit sunny Sarasota, Fla., on the first week of spring training to come to Annapolis on a snowy Thursday and address an aging group of senators, ex-senators and their friends? You get longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos to fly him up on a charter jet, put him in a suit and tie, and make it look like it was the most normal thing in the world for this Mississippi boy to schmooze and pose for pictures with a bunch of pols... Read More

February 2015

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State Roundup, February 26, 2015

Published on February 26th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Attorney General urges lawmakers to back fracking liability standards; mental health, drug treatment supporters rally against cuts to care providers; Gov. Hogan to decide on Purple Line by mid-May; Senate Pres. Miller offers up his own version of rain tax repeal; freshman delegate hopes to restore voting rights for some ex-offenders; tax breaks proposed for angel investors; Hogan’s charter school proposal gets initial hearing today; Kopp re-elected state treasurer; U.S. Sen. Mikulski, other women senators push to help victims of human trafficking; and Prince George’s could be approved for Sunday liquor sales... Read More


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Health advocates want state to stop taxing bottled water

Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Health advocates moved to make water the “default drink of Maryland” by submitting a bill that would repeal the 6% sales tax on bottled water. Some health foundations spoke before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of SB 574 on Wednesday, where legislators identified the elephant in the room -- a possible general fund loss of $20 million annually... Read More

February 2015

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State Roundup, February 25, 2015

Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan unveils plans to deal with growing heroin problem, reveals that cousin died of overdose and names Lt. Gov. Rutherford to head task force to create policy; 1 million Marylanders said to have no retirement savings; Del. Young seeks assessment of untested rape kits; Hogan’s chicken manure proposal has farmers, environmentalist clucking; repealing rain tax not as easy as some jurisdictions were hoping; new tobacco products shopping fees light fire under opponents; Hogan seeks unified voice in push for FB HQ; new Goucher poll finds Marylanders still undecided about Hogan; and one Cecil delegate proposes community college bill that the college didn't want... Read More

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