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Rascovar: Fracking follies at the State House

March 29th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Shakespeare, as usual, had it right. "Full of sound and fury signifying nothing." That describes the squabbling in Annapolis over hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking." It is a phantom issue in Maryland


Senate committee scales back Hogan tax relief proposals

March 27th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

A Senate committee voted on four of Gov. Larry Hogan’s tax relief proposals Friday, significantly scaling back three of them and outright killing a fourth. Average taxpayers will see little to no immediate effect of any of the measures as passed by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee


Senate unanimously approves budget, but differs with House

March 26th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

For the first time in nine years, the Maryland Senate unanimously approved the $40.5 billion state budget in its first go-round, applauding their unanimity and congratulating each other for their bipartisan work. "This year is like no other," said Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, who praised the Democratic leadership of the Senate Budget Committee for giving Republicans a seat at the table


Free meals would be expanded to many schools by legislation

March 26th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Legislators are moving to dish out free meals to hungry schoolkids, who are too embarrassed by living below the poverty level to eat free lunches in front of peers. The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015 would abolish the current enrollment process of singling out low-income students with paper applications


Warning: Flesh-eating bacteria in the Chesapeake Bay

March 26th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

With a flesh-eating bacteria often going unnoticed in the Chesapeake Bay, legislators are rallying behind a bill that would warn potential victims. The naturally-occurring bacteria, which causes infections called Vibriosis, is most commonly contracted through open wounds or cuts. In 2013, there were 57 reported cases, jumping from 25 cases in



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