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Senate votes 20% pay raise for top state officials

April 1st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The Senate voted Tuesday to provide a 20% salary increase over the next four years to the attorney general, comptroller, state treasurer and secretary of state. Under the bill, which Senate members approved 36-10, the attorney general, comptroller and treasurer would earn $149,500 in 2018, and the secretary of state would earn $109,

Disability support staff do demanding jobs with low pay

March 30th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Support staff who work for mostly nonprofit agencies provide care for people with developmental disabilities. The state reimburses their agencies at $9.82 per hour. With proposals to raise the minimum wage above that, the workers and their agencies are concerned about high turnover and the value placed on the work they do.

House approves budget, rejects swipe at Common Core

March 27th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The House of Delegates approved its version of Gov. Martin O'Malley's $38.7 billion budget Thursday by a vote of 100-38, but not before Republicans got in some licks about high taxes, Common Core and the lack of a vote on their own pay raises

Bill would ban school board members from running for higher office

March 27th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

The Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would restrict members of the Anne Arundel Board of Education from running for public office during their five-year term, even if they resign early. The bill generated an unusual battle over a local bill

WWJD? Pray in secret, He says

March 27th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

A federal judge this week told the Carroll County commissioners to stop praying in Jesus' name at their meetings. One of the commissioners defied the order, and said she's willing to go to jail over it. They tackled this problem some time ago at the State House, But what would Jesus do

Every GOP budget cut clobbered by Dems

March 26th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Republican legislators applied their usual persistence in trying to trim the Maryland budget Wednesday and were rewarded with their usual result: Every one of the dozen amendments they offered to reduce spending were defeated by overwhelming Democratic majorities

Minimum wage hike could be spread over 5 years, tied to raise for disability workers

March 26th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

In a compromise that could possibly move a stalled minimum wage hike out of committee, Senate Finance Chair Thomas Mac Middleton said he has been working on a potential agreement with the governor to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next five years instead of three. This would also make it easier for the state to increase compensation for disability workers above the new minimum

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