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Senators object to bill that would force most legislators to commute

February 23rd, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Sen. Allan Kittleman’s colleagues on a Senate committee were clearly unhappy with his legislation that would force most of them to commute and no longer reimburse their lodging in Annapolis during the session. Kittleman, R-Howard and Carroll, has again introduced legislation that would restrict the housing stipend legislators are permitted during session – a maximum $101 per day – to those living more than 50 miles from Annapolis

Rascovar: Is O’Malley’s presidential bid for real?

February 23rd, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Yes, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is running for president, but his target isn't 2016. It's 2024. O'Malley's evolving presidential bid amounts to preliminary maneuvering aimed at securing his future in the next Democratic administration

Knight Foundation makes $50K grant to; Ethics and Excellence Journalism Foundation renews support

February 21st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to over the next two years to help grow and diversify its revenue and audience. In addition, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has given its second grant to, providing $25,000 over the next year to “support expanded accountability journalism on Maryland government.”

Bill would provide more information on Md. government contracts

February 21st, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Greater transparency in Maryland government contracting is the goal of legislation that would provide more information about each contract on a state website. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is considering a bill that would pour $1.4 million into the growth of the website that allows the public to view payments made to state contractors

Analysis: Health exchange problems could be more serious and expensive than reported

February 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The problems at the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange (MHBE) are likely more serious and more expensive to fix than has already been reported, according to an assessment of project documentation by Cost overruns and higher costs in future years could easily run to over $100 million, and big decisions loom regarding who will pay and what will happen to the glitch-ridden website

Rascovar column: Getting to the bottom of Md.’s $250M health care fiasco

February 16th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Accountability is sorely lacking when it comes to Maryland's botched rollout of Obamacare. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is nowhere to be found when tough questions are asked. Gov. Martin O'Malley deflects "who's at fault" inquiries, focusing instead on getting the deeply flawed software partly operable

O’Malley opposes attempt to stop MSA testing next month

February 12th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Gov. Martin O'Malley’s office said Tuesday he stands by a state education department decision to move forward with administering the final Maryland School Assessment (MSA) test in a few weeks, despite efforts by legislators, teachers, unions and school boards to stop it

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