October 27, 2009

State Roundup, October 27, 2009

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Gov. Martin O’Malley said he will seek legislation imposing mandatory mediation between mortgage lenders and home owners before any foreclosure process, as reported in both The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post.

Lots of coverage in various media about new security checks going on at MARC commuter rail stations.

The Sun editorial page is critical of O’Malley’s stance on the Constellation Energy deal, accusing him of “strong-arming” one of Maryland’s few remaining Fortune 200 companies. Meanwhile, Constellation warned that too many conditions could sink the deal. The Gazette has more on the final filings in the Constellation case.

Tuition at the University of Maryland is still $2,000 above the national average, despite a four-year tuition freeze, the Diamondback reports, but there has also been a rapid increase in financial aid.

The Sun’s Michael Dresser continues his campaign against the not-yet-proposed widening of I-270 in Montgomery County.  He was responding to a posting on at Maryland Politics Watch, which provides its take on State Highway Administration answers to questions from Montgomery County Council.

The Daily Record launches an “expanded” Web site that restricts its exclusive content to subscribers only. 

The Washington County delegation is taking different approaches to returning their pay to match the furloughs state workers are being forced to take, Andy Shotz reports in The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail.The Prince George’s County senators have a closed meeting with the head of the elections board, causing a flap, the Gazette e-mail newsletter reports. 

The head of the Port of Baltimore tells WBAL radio that the volume of automobile business coming through Baltimore is starting to come back with more ships starting to return to the Port of Baltimore.

The Cecil Whig and the Easton Star-Democrat report on the debate about last week’s $3.1 million purchase of 1,000 acres of Dorchester swamp land.