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Published on December 2nd, 2009 | by Len Lazarick

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State Roundup, December 2, 2009

The biggest story in Maryland today is clearly the conviction of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon on one embezzlement charge related to the misuse of a gift card from a developer. We are rounding up the state’s Dixon news on a separate page.

Customers at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. can expect a $100 bill credit on their electric bills in February, Hannah Cho reports in The Baltimore Sun. The credits were one of the conditions for state approval of BGE parent Constellation Energy’s deal with Electricite de France last year.

Danielle Ulman at The Daily Record writes that state regulators do not expect the credit to make a big impact, but “every little bit helps.”

Members of the House Appropriations Committee heard from a legislative analyst that revenue projections for this year have fallen by about $3.2 billion since 2007, in a series of “revenue disappointments.” John Wagner has the story on The Washington Post’s Maryland political blog.

Del. Ron George, and Anne Arundel Republican, is sponsoring a bill for next year’s legislative session that would prohibit a slots parlor near a shopping center, church, community center or school unless the facility is at an existing horse racing track, Nicole Fuller reports in The Sun. The bill is not likely to affect a proposal at Arundel Mills mall, but could have an impact on a Baltimore proposal or a future project at Rocky Gap in Allegany County. The Post also had the story.

Jay Hancock writes in his column in The Sun that Maryland’s greenhouse gas reduction program shows that such proposals aren’t overly harmful, as lawmakers debate a federal program.

Del. Murray Levy, a Charles County Democrat, tells Alan Brody of The Gazette that he’s not running for re-election next year. Levy, 64, has been in the House since 2000 and is recognized as one of the sharpest budget minds in the General Assembly.

The Board of Public Works is expected to take up a $313,000 contract today that will help victims find out about the criminal cases and custody status of their offenders, The Associated Press reports.

The fallout from declining state income tax payments to local governments is being felt all over the state. Here are some local budget stories from Baltimore City, Carroll County and Anne Arundel County.

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