State Roundup, October 23, 2017

State Police report surge in bias, hate incidents; Maryland added 2,400 jobs in September, sees unemployment rate fall to 3.8%; feds pressure Central Booking on holding immigrant inmates longer, but state says it received no such requests; state health officials praise President Trump’s plan to declare opioid crisis a state of emergency, but cautious on follow-through; Gov. Hogan’s plan to add toll lanes in public-private partnership called into question; feds pass over Maryland request again for funds to complete rape-testing kits; Hogan blasts ruling on Bladensburg cross; Carroll Commissioners to send legislation to Annapolis seeking more authority over fire department; in gubernatorial race, Ben Jealous garners most endorsements; Dem field courts teachers union; and Prince George Exec Baker is protested by home union.

State Roundup, October 20, 2017

Gov. Hogan wants Congress to reinstate ACA insurance subsidy payments cut by President Trump; Elon Musk’s Hyperloop dig to begin in Maryland, gets strong backing from Hogan; van Hollen fails to stop cut to tax deduction used by many Marylanders; local effort to ensure that crabs assumed to be Maryland catch are indeed from Maryland; state planners target highway deaths and injuries; Hogan criticized Montgomery school board after Jewish community complains about school start date and holiday changes; lobbyist Bruce Bereano to lobby against Ocean City wind in Congress; and bill honoring Frederick Douglass heads to Trump’s desk.

State Roundup, October 19, 2017

Down to the wire, Baltimore City and Maryland, plus a handful of other Maryland jurisdictions take part in North American competition to secure Amazon’s 2nd headquarters; state launches website to allow patients seeking medical procedures to compare costs; campaigns launched to fight climate change in Maryland; Baltimore County’s interim school super gets an earful from Board of Public Works, while Washington County’s school team is praised during annual “Beg a Thon” for school construction funds; Judicial Disabilities Panel recommends Judge Nance be removed; state Sen. Brochin to launch Baltimore County exec race today; former Gov. O’Malley is prominent in his absence from being mentioned at forum of Democratic governor hopefuls; and Bladensburg cross ruled unconstitutional.

State Roundup, October 18, 2017

State predicted budget shortfall cut by $500 million, chief budget analyst Deschenaux says in his final briefing; plaintiffs, defendants attorneys wrestle with backlog of asbestos cases before a state Senate panel; state lawmakers to hold hearings on spike in assaults of staff at state’s largest psychiatric hospital; legislative task force hopes to streamline school construction process by removing DGS from plan review; Prince George’s County Exec Baker, candidate for governor, gets high marks in local poll; 6th Congressional District GOP candidate Hoeber apparently makes an endorsement misstep in nascent campaign; Montgomery exec candidates debate highlights differences, humor; and mayor candidates have an Eye on Annapolis.

State Roundup, October 17, 2017

Despite Trump administration action on Affordable Care Act, Maryland officials continue to push for more enrollment in state exchange; Arundel Maglev presentation draws hundreds worried about homes; state Senate panel to look into ways to consolidate asbestos cases; Hopkins researcher says major tutoring program could close the education gap; Montgomery County stays mum on its proposal for Amazon HQ2; gubernatorial candidate Baker says he would revive Red Line plan; U.S. Rep. Delaney brings in bucks for his long-shot presidential bid; businessman Trone again relies on personal finances to fuel congressional bid; and Annapolis mayor’s race fund-raising highest yet.

State Roundup, October 16, 2017

State to offer “biggest incentive” to lure Amazon HQ2; Gov. Hogan to seek to extend pension tax breaks to retired correctional officers; Attorney General Frosh threatens to sue Trump administration after president says feds won’t pay subsidies to health insurers. Hogan touts $750,000 investment in Frostburg; state pulls voucher funds from private school over anti-LGBT policy; Lt. Gov. Rutherford on trade mission to Europe; Chevy Chase council says no to $50,000 grant to Purple Line plaintiff; at Democratic gubernatorial candidates forum, hopefuls take aim at President Trump, Gov. Hogan; Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ross would widen voting options, voter rolls; and, when it comes to fundraising, legislators may not be best bet on a gubernatorial ticket.

State Roundup, October 13, 2017

Metro board committee vote could delay land transfer crucial to planned Purple Line; Virginia representative joins Gov. Larry Hogan in calling for Metro board chairman’s resignation; feds says Maryland lags in investigating high-priority nursing home complaints; meanwhile, Maryland dominates in school administration costs; Insurance commissioner Redmer questions whether new Trump administration order on health insurance would work in Maryland; state seeks outside law firm to pursue airport noise lawsuit; proposal to use more egg-bearing female crabs concerns crabbers; and Harford Exec Glassman readies re-election campaign announcement.

State Roundup, October 12, 2017

Workgroup urges state to widen income threshold to allow more families to qualify for free pre-kindergarten; Mason-Dixon poll finds most Marylanders want better sick leave benefits; Montgomery County says it won’t pay for flawed study that decried impact of $15 minimum wage; Attorney General Frosh urges Supreme Court to uphold state’s ban on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines; judge says challenge to state’s medical marijuana licensing program can move on; Baltimore County gets blowback to school calendar without Jewish holidays; and Rockeymoore Cummings throws hat in ring for governor.

State Roundup, October 11, 2017

Supreme Court ruling could mean issue of legalized sports betting likely to return to General Assembly next session; Montgomery school board to ask Gov. Hogan to add a week to end of school calendar; Congress, U.S. Attorney General Sessions could derail Maryland medical marijuana program; judge says Baltimore’s state-funded Criminal Justice panel may have to disband after Hogan pulls funding; Kirwan education panel to hold public hearing on Thursday; progressives find little difference in Democratic gubernatorial candidates; and former Republican state Sen. Jean Roesser dies at 87.

State Roundup, October 10, 2017

The Trump administration’s decision to repeal rules governing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could challenge Maryland’s attempts to cut air pollution that comes in from coal states; the Sun editorial board says attempts to further control police body cam footage is a solution without a problem; schools across Maryland are juggling their calendars to make shortened school year work; anti-Purple Line group to seek funding help from Chevy Chase; Montgomery’s $15 minimum wage proposal gets a longer timeline; Del. Meagan Simonaire won’t seek re-election; Baltimore County’s GOP executive primary is critical to Gov. Hogan’s run; and Amie Hoeber ponders another run for U.S. House.