Author Archives: Cynthia Prairie

State Roundup, May 29, 2015

May 29th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Sponsors of three measures vetoed by Gov. Hogan say they will push for overrides; On his Asia trip, Hogan will get the ride of his life; compromise regs to governor electronic gaming; new MSEA poll says majority of voters say there is too much standardized testing; Prince George’s Council OKs modest tax hike, not exec’s 15%; Frederick Councilman Kirby Delauter puts a nasty foot in his mouth; Baltimore City mayor sees her political future fall as a former mayor re-appears on the scene; protest of O’Malley planned; and J Street backing Donna Edwards for Israeli-Palestinian stand


State Roundup, May 28, 2015

May 28th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Sens. Zirkin, Raskin question logical soundness behind Gov. Hogan’s reasons for vetoing a number of bills, vow to work to overturn them; Maryland congressional delegation pushes Hogan on light rail projects, federal funding; Hogan takes off for 12-day trip through Asia; DNA testing slowed from lack of submitted samples; former local Maryland Municipal League treasurer pleads guilty to fund theft, repays debt; Prince George’s exec admits property tax hike unlikely; Arundel exec pulls grants from two orgs with ties to him; O’Malley gets a Super PAC and Hillary Clinton to visit Bethesda


State Roundup, May 27, 2015

May 27th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Demonstrators block highway traffic to protest state funding for youth jail that they said should go to schools; bus, light rail and other transit fares to rise in late June; Gov. Hogan names two Common Core supporters to state Board of Ed; Atty. Gen. seeks outside legal help to pursue lawsuit against oil refineries using MTBE; one businessman prepares for the day medical marijuana will be legal; Small biz group says after riots more Baltimore businesses could use their services; and Rand Paul to speak in Baltimore County


State Roundup, May 26, 2015

May 26th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan vetoes bill to allow felons to vote after release, decriminalization of pot smoking among others; new protections for LGBT communities to take effect without Hogan’s signature; UM-Baltimore to seek $82 million power plant upgrade; despite lack of budget, Prince George’s cops set sights on body in the fall; Baltimore City Police quit taking military surplus in 2013; two in Baltimore City administration depart; former Gov. O’Malley heads toward May 30 announcement; and Ben Carson wins straw poll


State Roundup, May 22, 2015

May 22nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan to embark on 12-day trade mission to South Korea, China and Japan; MTA’s Mobility system for the disabled faces myriad complaints, lawsuit; grand jury hands down indictments of six Baltimore Police officers in Freddie Gray’s death with some changes to Mosby charges; U.S. Rep. Harris helps hammer out bipartisan compromise on NIH grants bill; U.S. Rep. Van Hollen hopes to help states stop predatory towing; and losing Maryland candidate Dan Bongino moves to new home on Florida's Atlantic coast


State Roundup, May 21, 2015

May 21st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

State’s new environmental chief says he’ll push to improve bay health and business relations; MGM National Harbor calls minority business suit frivolous; residents of State Center see redevelopment as neighborhood revitalization tool; MVA pulls parallel parking from driving tests; Maryland’s U.S. reps, Baltimore City mayor meet at White House over Baltimore problems; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards had backed Senate rival Van Hollen to replace Pelosi as House Dem leader; and former TV news anchor quits Marriott job, may run for Congress from the 8th


State Roundup, May 20, 2015

May 20th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan finds that moving money in Maryland is more difficult than he expected as State Police will have to find money to reopen Annapolis barrack; Senate panels to convene over Hogan’s toll cuts; three named to Open Meetings Compliance Board; Maryland joins nationwide fraud complaint over cancer charities; Coppin State gets new president; and Baltimore City minority business group complains of treatment by City Hall


State Roundup, May 19, 2015

May 19th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Supremes strike down Maryland tax law governing out-of-state income, ruling could affect other states and cost Maryland counties millions of dollars. Especially hard-hit could be Montgomery, but Anne Arundel says it it ready to refund; ruling could apply to new E-ZPass two-tier policy as well; development of new state fracking rules mirror O’Malley timeline; President Obama puts limits on turning over military equipment to local jurisdictions; despite talk to the contrary, by state law Preakness can’t leave Baltimore; young, gay Republican considers running for U.S. Senate; Prince George’s business leaders want to cut property tax; Arundel Council backs police body cam study; and Montgomery Council chief questions Hogan on Purple Line


State Roundup, May 18, 2015

May 18th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan calls cost estimate of Purple Line not acceptable; Hogan says he’ll kill a Busch capital program and transfer funds to State Police operating budget but budget pros say not so fast, that’s not how this works; meanwhile political pundits say this is a slap at Speaker Busch, reminiscent of misstep by troubled one-termer Ehrlich; PSB OKs Exelon-Pepco merger; four Maryland college police departments get military equipment including rifles and an armored truck; PG exec in a budget/tax battle over ed funding; Arundel exec questioned over grants to out-of-county agencies that he has ties to; and O’Malley says he’s still against death penalty after Tsarnaev sentencing


State Roundup, May 15, 2015

May 15th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan won’t release $68 million for schools, will instead move it over to pensions, leaving Baltimore City, Prince George’s and Montgomery ed systems cold; Montgomery, Prince George’s to get a last shot at pleading for the Purple Line; Del. Vogt considers 6th Congressional seat run to recapture seat for GOP; as O’Malley ponders run for pres, he signs office lease in Baltimore City; ex-Mayor Sheila Dixon considers run against Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; and ethics panel rules Frederick Councilman Kirby Delauter can bid on county contracts



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