October 20, 2009

State Roundup, October 20, 2009

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State auditors had some tough words for the management and staff of supplemental retirement fund for teachers and state employee. The fund lost $48 million and failed to disclose this to participants, Michael Dresser in The Sun reports. The report was so harsh that State Treasurer Nancy Kopp called it “inflammatory.”

Swine flu vaccine is in short supply in Maryland, as it is in other states due to production delays.  State health officials tell The Sun they only have about half the vaccine they expected to get.

The Anne Arundel Council has again delayed action on approving zoning for a slots parlor at Arundel Mills, with a new, second proposal in hand to allow a slots site south of Route 32, The Sun reports.  The council won’t even have a hearing on the proposals till Dec. 7. Sun editorial writers say the prolonged delay “hurts us all.” The Baltimore City Council, much more enthusiastic for a money making slots parlor, is considering legislation to add even more land to the proposed site of a slots parlor near M&T Stadium, The Daily Record reports.

The state budget ax is closing what advocates call a successful juvenile program of intensive counseling that kept kids out of prison, The Capital reports.

An Anne Arundel County judge has quashed subpoenas for the all the state’s attorneys in Maryland that had been sought to show the death penalty is unevenly applied, The Daily Record reports.

Adam Pagnucco at Maryland Politics Watch takes a swipe at Senate Republicans for asking the governor if he’s going to have the executive department surrender their free EZ Passes for toll roads, as the legislature has done.

Columnist Marta Mossburg at the Washington Examiner says “union wins at taxpayer expense,” picking apart last week’s agreement to allow Maryland’s independent family-care workers to join a union.

Martin Watcher, the O’Malley nemesis, critiqued the gov’s appearance on Friday night’s Bill Maher show, arguing he played it safe.  It was hard to get a word in edgewise seated next to Chris Matthews and Alec Baldwin, but the Gazette fills us in on what O’Malley did say.

Maryland is pulling juvenile sex offenders from a Rockville residential treatment facility, Alan Suderman at the Washington Examiner reports.

The Gazette has a fuller report on O’Malley’s endorsement by the state teachers union.