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March 2015

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State Roundup, March 4, 2015

Published on March 4th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Some jurisdictions hope to make police body camera videos off-limits to the public; budget chief Brinkley defends Gov. Hogan’s plan to limit school funding growth, employee pay hikes; contrasting child custody bills would put child’s interest first, presume joint custody by parents; anti-fracking advocates rally at the State House; hearing on repeal of stormwater mitigation fee; Charles County light rail plan touted as cheaper option than Red or Purple lines; former Gov. O’Malley won’t seek retiring Sen. Mikulski’s seat; Baltimore City mayor to decide soon; U.S. Rep. Van Hollen says he’s in and other reps are considering the same; and Montgomery County puts office building rehab on old after educators complain... Read More


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Rain tax repeal gets hearing

Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s office joined senators in presenting three identical bills at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday to repeal the “rain tax,” the pejorative nickname for stormwater remediation fee... Read More

March 2015

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State Roundup, March 3, 2015

Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

U.S. Sen. Mikulski won’t seek re-election but decides to go out swinging instead of fund-raising and plaudits pour in from near and far; Mikulski will leave a strong legacy of opening the door to women in the Senate -- and elsewhere; speculation begins on who will run for her seat and the list keeps growing; Hogan nominees for four Cabinet posts, including Transportation secretary, will head to full state Senate for a vote; court rules that Carroll GOP Central Committee can send as many nominees for delegate as it likes to Gov. Hogan; protective order against Del. Jalisi extended one week after no-show to court; and U.S. Rep. Cummings wants to know why manufacturer is raising prices on opioid overdose antidote... Read More

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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