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New PARCC tests of Common Core standards saving money

July 28th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

A new Maryland commission to study over-testing of children in public schools has yet to begin work, but new standardized tests based on the Common Core curriculum standards are already saving the state money, and four out of five Maryland students who took the tests did them online

Federal facilities play role in Bay cleanup

July 27th, 2015 | by Maryland Reporter

The federal government is one of the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s largest landowners and manages an area roughly the size of Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, or 5.4 percent of the entire basin. The land and facilities it controls share little in common except that they are all under federal management, and their owners, like all landowners, have a responsibility to reduce their pollution to meet the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load

Md. transportation secretary makes a good punching bag

July 26th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

A month after Gov. Larry Hogan made the decision to ditch the Red Line light-rail project in Baltimore, the city's political and business establishment, including editorial writers and columnists, continue to express outrage. There's little indication that anyone beyond the immediate Baltimore area is paying much attention to the angry outbursts, and certainly not Hogan himself

Rascovar: Hogan’s 20th century approach to transit

July 26th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

You’ve got to give Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn credit for one thing: honesty. He fessed up at a legislative hearing last week that Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. had stripped every last cent from Baltimore’s Red Line rail-transit initiative – as well as most of the state’s previously allocated dollars for the Washington area’s Purple Line – and shifted the entire amount into highway and bridge projects far removed from Maryland’s population centers

Poultry mega-houses forcing Shore residents to flee stench, traffic

July 22nd, 2015 | by Maryland Reporter

Poultry mega-houses, a major trend in the poultry industry, have sprouted in Somerset County where trees used to sway, bringing with them tons of manure, industrial-level traffic and the stench of ammonia. They are much larger than traditional chicken houses and sit on smaller parcels of land, with no grain production, and near residential homes.

Md. pension fund earns 2.68%, missing annual target

July 21st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland's $45.8 billion pension fund for state employees and teachers earned 2.68% for the past fiscal year, almost 5 percentage points below its target of 7.65%, but better than benchmark returns for its various asset classes, its Board of Trustees was told Tuesday

Prosecutors drop charges against Del. Ariana Kelly

July 21st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Montgomery County prosecutors have decided to drop charges against Del. Ariana Kelly, a Bethesda Democrat who was arrested June 27 for trespass and indecent exposure at the home of her ex-husband, Barak Sanford. Kelly and Sanford issued a joint statement, and so did the state's attorney's office.

Md. legislators score better with both environmentalists, businesses

July 20th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Environmentalists and business groups generally give very different ratings of Maryland legislators based on their votes. But in scorecards just released by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and Maryland Business for Responsive Government almost all Annapolis lawmakers improved their scores with both groups. Democrats, as usual, scored much higher on the environment and Republicans scored significantly better on business issues

Md. ranks 6th in presidential race donations; Hillary gets the most

July 19th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland ranks sixth in the country for its overall contributions to presidential campaigns, outranking many much larger states, including nearby New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to an analysis by Maplight, a nonpartisan research organization that examines money in politics. Based on candidate reports filed July 15, Marylanders contributed $2.7 million this year to candidates of all parties. According to the Maplight analysis, more than half the Maryland contributions, $1.4 million, went to Hillary Clinton, and another $882,000 went to former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush was by far the most popular Republican with $180,

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