State budget guru Deschenaux says Hogan budget proposal delays inevitable hard choices, discusses possible problems from new Trump administration; President Trump freezes new federal hiring, which could mean trouble for Maryland; Gov. Hogan says he won’t rebuild Baltimore City Detention Center; Hogan seeks support of veto of “sunshine tax,” but fact-checker finds no tax; Del. Clippinger tells of personal illness in urging paid sick leave passage; two hospital proposal in two counties could mean a fight; State Center developer to sue; Montgomery Exec Leggett vetoes $15 minimum wage; and Montgomery golf club decides to invite ex-Pres Obama.
Paid sick leave rallies — for and against — start this week as Gov. Hogan plans to introduce his own version; Maryland’s schools get a big infusion of casino funds — $1.7 billion in seven years. So why are they still in trouble?; Atty. Gen. Frosh says cash bail system likely unconstitutional; Hogan ups funding for Metro by $42 million; ethics panel hires lawyer in Del. Morhaim probe; Cardin among senators re-introducing Equal Rights Amendment; being in the minority a new experience for Jamie Raskin; and business joins Sen. Astle in running for Annapolis mayor.
Eyeing scandals that have recently facing state lawmakers, Gov. Hogan proposes ethics package to rein in corruption, influence peddling; with Hogan’s blessing, Comptroller Franchot seeks more investigative, enforcement power; Baltimore lawmakers vow to work to reverse Hogan budget cuts to city; implementation of Justice Reinvestment Act could be rocky; state fiscal office says state could lose billions with ACA repeal, 260,000 Marylanders would lose insurance; Hogan again pushes redistricting reform; ex-aide to Del. Vogt talks about viral fake news, his future; Dems planning race for Baltimore County exec jockey for money; and Sen. Van Hollen to oppose three Trump nominees.
While Gov. Hogan was upbeat on his budget proposal, Prince George’s hospital funding delayed, Baltimore City recovery funds cut and some mandatory funding hikes are rolled back. Meanwhile, some spending in Anne Arundel, Washington and Frederick remains; the Maryland Judiciary is seeking a 5.4% budget hike for 2017-18; proposal would allow filming, broadcasting of sentencing procedures; with lots of off-election turnover in the General Assembly, Hogan seeks background checks for appointees, angering many; aide to Del. Vogt fired after New York Times reveals his connection to viral fake news site; Bilal Ali named to House of Delegates; Trump pick for EPA seems to support continued efforts on Chesapeake Bay; Hogan’s coffers hit $5.1 million; and Mayor Pugh, Rep. Cummings to attend inauguration.
Gov. Hogan outlines budget proposal to cut spending without cutting services, closing the $750 million deficit while increasing funding for education and the public safety net. Full budget to be rolled out today; MVA pushes state to give it, state police regulatory power over self-driving cars; legislation would give police officers hate-crime protection; Del. Hixson gives up Ways & Means chairmanship; Sen. Astle announces run for Annapolis mayor; People’s Counsel says Marylanders who were switched from fixed to uncapped power rates can get refunds; Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to join ABC; a Cordish to join Trump White House; U.S. Rep. Raskin reverses on inauguration, decides he just can’t go; and Howard County sanctuary proposal draws a crowd.
Study finds that controversial state education grant program used by those already in private schools; Gonzales poll finds bipartisan support for more funding for education, not so for private scholarships; General Assembly to tackle fixing of medical marijuana program; young fan pays homage to Justice Ginsburg; U.S. Rep. Raskin to attend inauguration, but U.S. Rep. Brown won’t; Baltimore City has an informal pipeline to raise up black women politicians; David Trone mulls running for Montgomery County exec, while Councilman Leventhal to take public financing for his 2018 exec race; and Somerset mayor resigns from country club over Obama snub.
Hundreds rally in Bowie to keep the ACA; Sen. Brochin hopes to curb developers’ campaign dollars to Baltimore County candidates; Del. Morhaim calls proposed fracking regulations “wholly inadequate;” School Facilities Commission won’t make recommendations but opts for “broad consensus;” I-81 work on shaking ground with battle over transportation bill; House Judiciary Committee down three members; Annapolis lawmakers shaken by house fire that killed six children: Many know their mother; shore’s League of Women Voters to meet over 2017-18 agenda; lawmakers concerned over Trump’s effect on state once he becomes president; Baltimore U.S. attorney could be No. 2 in Trump Justice Department; and worker charged with stealing from PAC.
Gov. Hogan announces sweeping, bipartisan anti-crime package targeting serial rapists, drunken driving and victims’ rights; Arundel County Exec Schuh supports face-off of new Frederick Douglass statue with old Taney statue on State House grounds; Nick Mosby nominated for vacant delegate seat; Baltimore City, U.S. Justice Department roll out 227-page consent decree on police reforms prior to Trump inauguration; Howard County school super sues her school board; and Mikulski join JHU.
Amid calls for bipartisanship, opening day in Annapolis has a rocky start with Sen. Gladden’s and Del. Vaughn’s resignations; Vaughn cites health reasons, but FBI probe may be related; Gladden, who has MS, cites health reasons; Gov. Hogan says he won’t engage in partisan warfare during the session but Speaker Busch and Senate President Miller seem more combative; reorganized Legislative Black Caucus comes on strong with 5-point plan including equal funding for HBCUs; court delay in decision on state bail decision means reform will founder; state energy program saved $1.8 billion for consumers; U.S. Rep. Harris, a possible candidate to head NIH, meets with Prez-elect Trump; and Montgomery golf club may snub soon-to-be ex Prez Obama over Israel stand.
The Maryland legislature formally convenes at noon today, opening the doors on a wide revenue gap, partisan bickering, some vacant seats and a federal corruption probe that could cast a pall over the State House; but it’s business as usual for Atty. Gen. Frosh as he introduces two bills to curb the rising costs of prescription meds; Gov. Hogan seeks to cap rising college tuition costs; state Sen. Gladden not expected at opening day; new delegate named to fill Montgomery vacancy; man who would be delegate still on Pugh payroll after charges; former Prince George’s delegate pleads guilty to taking bribes, most while a councilman; Baltimore County exec digs in heels over school construction funding; U.S. Rep. Raskin gets seat on Judiciary; U.S. Rep. Brown gets tapped for Armed Services panel; and Dem leaders to rally in Bowie for ACA.