December 16, 2013
Maryland legislators elected next year would see their salaries rise to $50,330 in 2018, a 16% raise over the next four years recommended Monday by the General Assembly Compensation Commission.
If the legislature accepts the recommendation, it would give the part-time lawmakers their first raise in eight years. Delegates and senators currently make $43,500. [...more]
December 12, 2013
Salary hikes for Maryland's next governor, members of the General Assembly and other statewide officials elected next year are set to be decided next week by two compensation commissions specially appointed for this task.
None of these officials have had pay hikes since 2006, and the legislature rejected recommendations from these same commissions four years ago to increase the salaries slightly. [...more]
December 4, 2013
Get the new Maryland State House 2014 Birthday Calendar produced by the staff of MarylandReporter.com.
It includes the birthdays of all 188 members of the Maryland General Assembly. [...more]
November 6, 2013
A new poll found strong public support for increasing Maryland's minimum wage to $10 an hour, a step being pushed for the upcoming General Assembly session.
The poll by Goucher College also found the majority of the Maryland public regards current pensions for retired state employees as too low, and also thinks all Maryland workers, not just those employed by the state or local governments, should have a pension. [...more]
Senate President Mike Miller is making changes to chamber rules that he hopes will result in a busier workload during the early weeks of the legislature’s 90-day annual session. “We're battling against human nature, which for most people means putting off issues that could be dealt with today.” [...more]
October 23, 2013
Democratic Senate President Mike Miller announced Wednesday night that Howard County Sen. Jim Robey will become majority leader of the Senate for Robey's final year. He replaces Sen. Rob Garagiola who resigned in August.
In the surprise announcement at a fundraiser for the man running to succeed Robey in District 13 -- Del. Guy Guzzone -- Miller also said that Guzzone would fill Robey's seat on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in 2015. [...more]
October 17, 2013
Overwhelming voter disapproval of a gas tax hike earlier this year has helped drive Gov. Martin O'Malley's job approval rating below 50% for the first time in three years, a new poll found. The Gonzales Research poll also found marginal support, 49% to 44%, for the repeal of the death penalty O'Malley pushed, but wider support for the gun control measures the governor also backed, 58% to 40%. [...more]
September 23, 2013
Sen. David Brinkley of Frederick is back as Senate Republican leader, unanimously elected Monday by the 12-member GOP caucus, which also chose Sen. Joseph Getty of Carroll County as minority whip. Brinkley replaces Sen. E.J. Pipkin of Cecil County, who abruptly quit in August to move to Texas. [...more]
September 18, 2013
Gov. Martin O’Malley has appointed first-term Del. Stephen Hershey to fill the seat vacated by Sen. E.J. Pipkin in District 36 – breaking a tie among the GOP central committees of Caroline, Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. They were split between Hershey and his colleague in the House of Delegates, Del. Mike Smigiel. O’Malley said his decision was based on recognition of broader support for Hershey in District 36. He also said the choice should not have been his to make. [...more]
September 15, 2013
Lots of people in Maryland, particularly Republicans and minorities, didn't like Maryland's congressional redistricting in 2012 that helped eliminate one of the last two GOP seats and did not create another potential minority district.
But during a talk Friday night, one of the major participants in the process, House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch admitted, "I did not like the redistricting." [...more]