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Budget realities challenge Hogan promises on spending, taxes

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.


Delaney, Braveboy continue push for redistricting reform

November 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland congressman who probably benefited most from the state's partisan gerrymandering in 2012 has also become one of the strongest advocates for reform. "I think this issue has real potential for a state and national movement," U.S. Rep. John Delaney told a forum on redistricting reform Monday night. "It's about entrenched interests versus the interests of the people."


UPDATE: New delegates respond to charge they are ‘anti-business'; Comcast lobbyist apologizes

November 9th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

A Maryland Reporter article on Friday touched a nerve with a number of newly elected members of the House of Delegates. The lead sentence said: "... the newly elected “Democrats coming in are more progressive and more anti-business” than those they are replacing, Comcast lobbyist Sean Looney told a Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce luncheon." Seventeen freshman Democrats who will be sworn in Jan. 14 signed this letter to Sean Looney and they requested MarylandReporter.com publish it. Looney apologized to them Monday afternoon.


Rascovar: The curse of the one-party state

November 9th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Republican Larry Hogan Jr.'s stunningly easy romp over Democrat Anthony Brown in Maryland's race for governor can't be written off as a fluke. Fundamental changes are taking place that could give Republicans a strong advantage down the road in what is generally considered a deeply blue state


Lublin: Democrats must pop four myths about Nov. 4 election

November 9th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Democrats are still trying to figure out why they lost the gubernatorial election. Naturally, this process will continue for some time. But Democrats might as well begin by dispensing with some of the popular but unhelpful myths floating around


New governor is pro-business, new Democratic legislators ‘more anti-business,’ lobbyist says

November 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

While the new governor-elect is a pro-business Republican, the newly elected "Democrats coming in are more progressive and more anti-business" than those they are replacing, Comcast lobbyist Sean Looney told a Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce luncheon. That will present a challenge to Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch on "how to control their own constituency," Looney said. "It's frankly Mike Busch's and Mike Miller's headache."



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