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Rascovar: Hogan’s Heroes arrive

January 18th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

The Changing of the Guard takes place in Annapolis this week: There will be a sharp course correction with the arrival of Hogan’s Heroes

Hogan appoints Brinkley as budget chief; complete list of other appointments

January 16th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

At his 13th and final news conference Thursday before his swearing in next week, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan made nearly two dozen appointments, including outgoing state Sen. David Brinkley, the former minority leader, as the new secretary of Budget and Management. Brinkley's long anticipated appointment had stirred some opposition from the Republican far-right who objected to his votes for Gov. Martin O'Malley's budgets during his service on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. This story includes a complete list of Hogan's cabinet and staff appointments.

Hogan signs on to Franchot drive for school start after Labor Day

January 16th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys pounded in the staid assembly room of Maryland’s Treasury Building Thursday as Comptroller Peter Franchot and others gathered to collect the final signature on his year-long petition drive to “Let Summer Be Summer.” “See you in September” might have been just as appropriate for the effort to require schools to start after Labor Day as Gov.-elect Larry Hogan became the 13,244th person to sign the petition since the drive started last in August on the boardwalk of Ocean City with a goal of 10,000 signatures

Hogan wants more openness, more names in filling legislative seats

January 15th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

In filling the three legislative vacancies he has created in building his new administration, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan said he'd like to see a more open nominating process used by the Republican central committees and more candidate names for him to fill the seats. Hogan told reporters: "We'd like to encourage them to make the process more transparent."

Maryland taxes are fairer than in most states, report says

January 14th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Maryland ranked as the 38th least “unfair” state in Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy's semi-annual taxation report, published on Wednesday. This means Maryland’s tax policies are considered more fair than three-quarters of the states. Delaware ranked as the state with the fairest tax structure, and Pennsylvania had among the worst.

Purple Line Part II: Arguments against building the $2.4 billion light rail line in the D.C. suburbs

January 13th, 2015 | by Glynis Kazanjian

This is the second of two stories about whether Gov.-elect Larry Hogan will choose to move forward on one of the most major transportation projects being proposed in the state, the 16-mile light rail Purple Line in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Moving forward on the Purple Line would be a major financial commitment for Hogan, who has at times been harshly critical of the project. Our first piece examined the benefits to the project; this story examines some of the concerns with the $2.4 billion proposal

Purple Line Part I: To build or not to build a $2.4 billion light rail line

January 12th, 2015 | by Glynis Kazanjian

Plans to connect Bethesda to New Carrollton by light rail have been in the works for nearly 15 years. The Purple Line started off as a $1.2 billion transportation initiative in 2000. The transit line is now projected to cost $2.4 billion, or a little over $150 million per mile. Developers want it. Business wants it. But does the incoming Republican governor want it? This is the first of two stories examining the pros and cons of the Purple Line. Today’s story focuses on the positive arguments. Tomorrow’s story will focus on opposing arguments.

Rascovar: Assessing O’Malley’s years as Maryland’s governor

January 11th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

One of the ironies of Martin O'Malley's eight years as Maryland governor is that a progressive, liberal Democrat spent most of his time cutting budgets and raising taxes just to keep the ship of state afloat. Another irony is that O'Malley started his tenure in 2007 by acting too slowly to stem a predicted tide of red ink in Annapolis. Now he is ending his second term by again responding too late to a huge, looming budget deficit. However, when the history of the O'Malley years is assessed by scholars decades from now, what will stand out is the ease with which Maryland navigated the Great Recession -- the nation's worst economic decline since the 1930s

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