November 16th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
The outlook for the Maryland state government Larry Hogan Jr. starts running in January is grim: A sea of red ink far into the future.
Forget about major tax cuts or other campaign promises. That was a hope more than a firm commitment, and Hogan said as much to voters. His first priority then and now: getting Maryland’s financial house in order
November 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The uphill climb Gov.-elect Larry Hogan faces to fulfill his campaign promises and reduce state spending and taxes was starkly illustrated in a legislative hearing on spending Wednesday.
Facing dozens of lawmakers, including some who lost election bids, the Maryland General Assembly's top fiscal expert produced a graph showing the next six years of projected state spending and revenues. In every year, including this one, the line for spending goes up and up, and the line for revenues rises too, but never matches expenses.
August 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
This is the first part of a four-day series by Capital News Service examining how Maryland uses gambling to raise revenues.
It starts with the state’s 40-year-old lottery, now the fourth largest source of state revenue. This article looks at how lower income ZIP codes contribute a disproportionate share
August 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Players spend more than $1.5 billion a year on Maryland lottery tickets and get about $1 billion back in winnings -- on average, a 50-cent return for every dollar they spend. Here’s where the money they lose goes:
July 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The $77 million in budget cuts approved last week by the Maryland Board of Public Works mark the first recognition there's a price to be paid for placing election-year politics ahead of fiscal realities. It won't be the last spending pullback, either.
Maryland has a serious, ongoing imbalance between its high spending habits and its lower than expected revenue receipts. Everyone knew this was coming
May 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The key budget-balancing bill signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley last Thursday contained several unconstitutional provisions, including language exempting Carroll and Frederick counties from aspects of the rain tax.
That's what Attorney General Doug Gansler told O'Malley in a letter the day before he signed the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2014.
May 15th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
Although the number of overtime payments to state employees made in 2013 remained roughly the same as those made in 2012, the sum of those payments rose by more than $8 million. In 2012, the total amount of overtime paid out to all state employees totaled $126,719,585. Over 2013 the total payments rose to $135,050,262 -- over $8 million more. Roughly one-third of this increase is due to an across-the-board living allowance raise which occurred in January of
May 14th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
Full-time professors at Maryland public universities earn a salary roughly $16,500 above the national average, but tuition at Maryland public universities has remained lower than the national average, according to data from the American Association of University Professors
May 13th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
The number of state employees making over $100,000 jumped dramatically to 6,847 in 2013 due to an across-the-board 2% cost-of-living raise, MarylandReporter.com’s fourth annual analysis of state salaries found. Numerically, this represented a 1,184 increase from 2012, a 20% rise in the number of state and university employees making six figures
April 30th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
"If it weren't for the more moderate leadership in the Senate, things would be a lot worse than what they are" in the Maryland General Assembly, Sen. Ed Kasemeyer told Howard County business leaders Wednesday