May 14th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Maryland lawmakers decided the first step to solving over-testing in Maryland public schools is to understand the full problem, so they passed a bill creating a 19-member commission that will attempt to alleviate the pressure of excessive student testing.
The Commission to Review Maryland's Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools became law Tuesday, as Gov. Hogan signed HB 452 into law
May 12th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Gov. Larry Hogan joined with legislators on Tuesday morning to sign 350 bills into law, putting the final seal of approval on several bills MarylandReporter.com has followed throughout this legislative session.
Bills signed by Hogan, Speaker of the House Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller include increasing the cap on tort claims against counties and the state, expanding the Maryland False Claims Act protecting whistleblowers and repealing “the rain tax,” the mandatory stormwater remediation fee
May 12th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland's chief tax collector, Comptroller Peter Franchot, supports a long-term moratorium on increases on taxes and fees, but he also opposes major tax cuts.
"We should have a multi-year moratorium on taxes and fees," Franchot told the Arbutus Roundtable Monday as the group of generally conservative Democrats honored him for his fiscal responsibility
May 12th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
The 60th anniversary annual meeting of the Greater Baltimore Committee Monday night was more resolute than joyous, as business leaders promised to focus on rebuilding and restoring a city whose long-simmering boiled into looting and arson covered in national and international media
May 10th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar
Larry Hogan Jr. is proving to be an unusual governor for Maryland, in many ways the polar opposite of his predecessors, Martin O'Malley and Bob Ehrlich.
Both Democrat O'Malley and Republican Ehrlich love publicity and making a PR splash. They craved the spotlight, issued a tidal wave of propaganda pitches and tried to dominate the daily news coverage. Republican Hogan wants none of the above
May 7th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
The smart growth group 1000 Friends of Maryland, like other organizations focused on the environment, has given Gov. Larry Hogan mixed reviews for his first 100 days in office, tempering positives with sharp criticism.
May 6th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Public schools are set to receive record funding in the projected 2016 state budget, with Gov. Hogan increasing funding by $109 million. However, Maryland school districts and their unions say they will not be able to fill 3,283 jobs they had hoped to have if Hogan chooses not to fully fund the Geographic Cost of Education Index. It was projected to provide $68 million more. School advocates are calling these “positions at risk”
May 5th, 2015 | by Dan Menefee
Long before Freddie Gray’s death ignited unrest in Baltimore, high profile cases of police misconduct nationally failed to move Maryland lawmakers to pass meaningful reforms this year, according to LBSBaltimore.com, a grassroots think tank that advocates a rewrite of the state’s policing policies. “At the end of the day we saw special interests of police officers and law enforcement in Maryland overrule what the community needed here in Baltimore,” said Adam Jackson, head of the think tank located just yards from City Hall
May 5th, 2015 | by Maryland Reporter
The April 30 edition of MarylandReporter.com included an article penned by Charlie Hayward which examines State finances from a balance sheet perspective. In his article, Mr. Haywood quite properly indicates weaknesses of Maryland’s balance sheet. Unfortunately, his article tends to both overstate their import and misattribute their origins to the Legislative Branch of government
May 5th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Marilyn Mosby made a calculated political decision to prosecute six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, and you have to wonder what kind of weekend Baltimore would have had if she hadn't.
Mosby’s quick "rush to judgment" as the police union's lawyer put it illustrates why Maryland and much of the rest of the country still has popular elections for top local prosecutors