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Delegates want voters to fill vacancies in legislature, but GOP wants to keep party role

January 30th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Two freshman delegates from each party are working on legislation to give voters a greater role in filling legislative seats that become vacant. At the same time, Republican Party officials are working on ways to establish statewide party rules that will maintain the strong role of party central committees in the process and avoid the special elections the delegates are proposing

Black Caucus protests Hogan’s education funding

January 29th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

The Maryland legislature’s Black Caucus has sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan protesting cuts to education in his budget, saying they hurt progress being made in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County schools

Hogan to fill 3 Assembly vacancies

January 28th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Gov. Larry Hogan told Wednesday morning that he expected to have a meeting later in the day to discuss appointments, including the filling of three vacancies in the legislature he caused by naming two senators and a delegate to posts within his administration.

Counties disappointed they didn’t get back highway user revenues

January 28th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

The top priority for county and municipal officials in Maryland is the restoration of highway user revenues used to build local roads, but Gov. Larry Hogan is actually giving them $16 million less in his budget, despite promises to restore it during his campaign

Franchot says procurement process is broken and needs fixing

January 27th, 2015 | by Maryland Reporter

We must make drastic improvements to the manner in which we obtain goods and services as a state. This cuts to the heart of what I do as your independent fiscal watchdog – ensuring that we’re getting the best possible deal for your hard-earned tax dollars. As Comptroller, I’ve voted on approximately 15,000 contracts worth $80 billion on the Board of Public Works. And I can tell you – our procurement process is broken

Fewer gimmicks in Hogan’s $40 billion budget; solves deficits for 3 years by capping spending hikes

January 27th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

General Assembly budget committees got their first comprehensive briefing on Gov. Larry Hogan's $40 billion fiscal 2016 budget Monday, with Democrats expressing continuing concern about the impact of reductions to expected increases in school funding. In his two-hour briefing, Warren Deschenaux, the legislature's chief fiscal analyst, also called a proposed 2% across-the-board, unitemized cuts "a very dangerous approach to budgeting" that sets "a bad precedent."

Hogans, Rutherfords pack it in

January 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Gov. Larry Hogan donned a hair net for the final inaugural event where he and his wife Yumi, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and his wife Monica, other politicos and average citizens packed macaroni and cheese packs for the Maryland Food Bank

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