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$32 million spent on lobbying state, with health care industry at top

January 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Over $32 million was spent last year lobbying state government, and the health care industry was the top spender at $7.1 million, according to State Ethics Commission reports. Not surprising in a year that saw the implementation of Obamacare, causing the further growth of state involvement in health care through Medicaid, 62 health care organizations spent $7.1 million on lobbying. The Maryland Hospital Association topped the list of firms at $665,000.

Head of Md. Chamber, MBRG leaving; Craig-Haddaway to officially file; fundraising deadline

January 7th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The presidents of two major business groups that seek to influence State House policy are leaving. On Monday, Kathy Snyder, long-time president of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, announced her retirement. And today (Tuesday) is the last day for Kim Burns, president of Maryland Business for Responsive Government, an organization she headed for three years

We’re on Christmas break till Jan. 2; here are our top 10 stories of 2013

December 24th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

We're taking a break from Dec. 25 through Jan. 2. We don't plan on publishing any original stories or the daily State Roundup until the day after New Year's. Here are's top 10 stories of the year, based on traffic calculations by Google Analytics. Four of the top 10, including number 1 and 2, are about the "rain tax."

Next governor should get 20% pay raise to $180,000, commission recommends

December 22nd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland's next governor would get a 20% pay raise to $180,000 a year under recommendations made Tuesday night by the Governor's Salary Commission. Four other statewide officials -- the lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, state treasurer and secretary of state -- would also get a 20% pay hike over the four years of their terms from 2015 to

Guest Commentary: Del. Neil Parrott on the consequences of Obamacare

December 22nd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

It is not the failure of the Obamacare implementation that is so disturbing; it’s that people who had good health insurance just two months ago have had it taken from them. There are many who want to enroll in Obamacare, but are currently shut out of health care coverage because of government-run systems that do not work

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