December 21st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Rutherford gets sworn in next month as Maryland’s lieutenant governor, a toothless-tiger of a job.
He’ll have no constitutional powers. He’ll have to follow in lockstep the wishes and policies of the governor and praise the governor’s every move. He’ll be totally dependent on the governor for real work assignments. Abolishing it will save $1 million.
December 21st, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
Coppin State University President Mortimer Neufville takes extreme exception to Barry Rascovar’s depiction of Coppin State University and the quality of the education our students receive. (The last few paragraphs in Caret comes home, Dec. 18)
December 18th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Hooray for the University of Maryland Board of Regents for making a common-sense choice in choosing Bob Caret as the new chancellor of Maryland’s state university system. He’s got the right personality to keep 12 competing academic institutions on the same page
December 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan named his first four cabinet secretaries Wednesday. He pulled another Republican lawmaker from the legislature for his team, naming Frederick County Del. Kelly Schulz to be labor secretary, but he also retained a current O'Malley administration appointee, keeping Sam Abed on as secretary of Juvenile Services.
Perhaps the most important state official to be named yesterday, also crucial to the success of the Hogan administration in stimulating economic growth, was done by the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, which announced that Bob Caret, former president of Towson University and current president of the University of Massachusetts system, would become chancellor of the state colleges and university, replacing Brit Kirwan, who is retiring
December 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Senate President Mike Miller announced the full slate of committee assignments Tuesday, finding places for the 11 new senators and shifting several of the incumbents. The Democratic presiding officer determines the committee assignments for both Democrats and Republicans in the 47-member Senate
December 15th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
In Monday’s column, Barry Rascovar claimed that an “easy budget fix” for Maryland would be to stop projecting revenues in favor of using a previous year’s levels, and shifting the fiscal year from July-June to January-December.
His arguments are greatly flawed. Here are a few of his assertions and the sensible counters to them
December 14th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland governments are awash in budget deficits.
Yet it need not be quite so bad, if Maryland were to change its budget cycle.
December 12th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Incoming Attorney General Brian Frosh promised to be "a strong advocate of transparency and openness" in a speech celebrating the 40th anniversary of Common Cause in Maryland, citizen group committed to open government issues.
"It is important the office of attorney general has a uniform approach" to enforcing the state's Public Information Act, Frosh said. "The default ought to be that we're going to give you the information that you seek."
December 12th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Next week, lame-duck Gov. Martin O’Malley may decide to bring the matter of the $1.5 billion State Center project before a divided Board of Public Works.
It would be a controversial move.
Readers responded to Barry Rascovar's previous column on this topic with some interesting thoughts. Their conclusion: There are far better ways to redevelop this space and provide decent offices for state workers in Baltimore
December 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and his top fiscal advisor, Bobby Neall, are scheduled to meet with reporters Thursday afternoon, "outlining the status of the state’s current fiscal crisis," says a press release from the transition.
What are some of the ways Hogan could begin implementing some of his promises without sending Democrats in the legislature to the barricades