June 16, 2011

State Roundup, June 16, 2011

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PROFITABLE ASIA TRIP: Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 10-day trade mission to Asia resulted in more than $45 million in deals for two Maryland companies and a $40 million investment in Montgomery County for a U.S. operations site for Chinese biopharmaceutical company Tasly Group, Lindsey Robbins reports for the Gazette.

BROADBAND NETWORK: Gov. O’Malley will be in D.C. this afternoon attending an event with Vice President Joe Biden and other federal officials on deploying a national public safety broadband network to improve communications for emergency responders.

TOLL PROTEST: Opponents of the plan to raise tolls on the Bay Bridge made their voices heard last night – loudly. They were attending one of several public hearings held by the Maryland Transportation Authority Board, this one at Kent Island High School, Christian Schaffer reports for WMAR-TV. Click on the video link to view his report.

Myranda Stephens of WBFF-TV also spoke with protesters.

BWI TAXI CONTRACT: People flying into Baltimore’s airport will continue taking cabs managed by BWI Taxi Management Inc. after the state’s Board of Public Works decided to defer for one year a decision on whether to award the contract to a different company, Steve Killar reports for the Sun.

MarylandReporter.com’s Megan Poinski also has a story on the contract, but technical difficulties are preventing us from bringing it to you right now. Please watch the website later in the day to see the story.

CATHOLIC HOSPITAL LEASE: With a stern warning from Treasurer Nancy Kopp that the Board of Public Works would be watching closely, members unanimously approved a long-term lease that would make a Catholic hospital that might not provide certain basic reproductive health care the anchor of a science and technology park, writes Megan Poinski for MarylandReporter.com.

BARTLETT JOINS LAWSUIT: U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over U.S. involvement in Libya, alleging that the White House overstepped its constitutional authority when it launched the military effort in March.

CONGRESSIONAL ASSETS: U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, the Baltimore County Republican elected last year to represent the Eastern Shore along with several Baltimore suburbs, holds assets valued between $1.5 million and $4 million, according to annual financial disclosure statements by members of Congress made available to the public, blogs John Fritze of the Sun.

MCDONOUGH TAKES EXCEPTION: State Del. Pat McDonough says he’s been called a lot of things in his political career, but he takes exception to being characterized by a local Republican Central Committee member as an extremist who turns off Democrats and moderates, blogs the Sun’s Raven Hill.

BANKRUPTCY FILING: The Sun’s Julie Bykowicz blogs that state Sen. Richard Colburn is sounding the alarm on the recent bankruptcy filing of a Delaware poultry company with operations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore — calling it “devastating” news for his district.

OUTSOURCE FREDERICK SERVICES: A report delivered last night to the Frederick County Commissioners states that the county could save up to $109 million during a five-year contract period by outsourcing core services that it indicates are now provided by more than 500 government employees, reports Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News Post.

Apparently Sherry Greenfield of the Gazette didn’t get a copy of the report. She writes that Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young is standing by the board’s decision not to release the report on privatizing government services until the consultant presents it today.

PRINCE GEORGE’S ETHICS: Prince George’s County should appoint an independent investigator to look into complaints of bribery, mismanagement, cronyism and corruption in the county government that have persisted for years, a task force told county officials, reports Daniel Valentine for the Gazette.