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Rascovar: Franchot delivers bad news for Brown campaign

September 28th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

OUCH! That's the sound coming from Anthony Brown's campaign headquarters after hearing of a $405 million drop in expected state revenue over the next 21 months. This is bad news for the lieutenant governor's gubernatorial drive. The shrinking revenue forecast not only buoys Republican Larry Hogan's campaign, it powerfully reinforces Hogan's central theme: Maryland's budget is out of kilter and in need of serious overhaul

Still searching for solution to shortfall in transportation funding

September 28th, 2014 | by Alexis Webb

Former U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood urged leaders to consider following Virginia’s lead and rethink transportation funding at a panel discussion in Baltimore last week. LaHood proposes a higher federal gas tax to fund nationwide projects, but also suggested that the solution for a broken transportation system could be something like what Virginia did when it moved from a gas tax to a wholesale sales gas tax.

Critics slam pension fund performance, system slams critics

September 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Persistent critics of the investment performance of Maryland's $45 billion pension fund for state teachers and employees are again slamming the fund for failing to match the performance of other state pension systems, even though its 14.4% return was nearly twice as high as the fund's target

Major complaints of violations in Brown-Hogan race unlikely to be resolved till after election

September 24th, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian

State election officials are scheduled to rule Thursday on the first of three campaign finance violation complaints filed in the contentious race for governor, but the two most serious complaints won't likely be resolved till after the election. Civil penalties could be imposed on Larry Hogan’s Change Maryland organization. Another complaint involving possible collusion between the Brown-Ulman campaign, its chief fundraiser and a political action committee (PAC) supporting Brown is still under investigation

Treating Md.’s juvenile delinquents at home more effective, less costly than jails, advocates say

September 24th, 2014 | by Capital News Service

The $225 million set aside to build three new jails for juvenile delinquents and improvements to a fourth in Maryland should be spent on community-based treatment instead, a state review panel found. Putting more money into juvenile jails would lead to less effective treatments, according to a report by the Maryland Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit. The budgeted money includes the proposed construction of three new juvenile jails in Baltimore, Prince George’s County and Wicomico County

Maryland schools not #1 in two other recent rankings

September 22nd, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Maryland top officials frequently cite the state having the “best schools in America” five years in a row, based on a report card in Education Week magazine. But recent ratings from two other sources, the "Kids Count Index" and Wallethub, indicate that the state’s school system still has room for improvement

Coalition runs, rides and paddles for fairer congressional districts

September 22nd, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

“Democracy is not served well by a method of redistricting that supports distorted districts that were drawn in 2012, seemingly to keep people in power,” said Susan Cochran, president of the League of Women Voters. “We need a fair and open process…with communities kept together. This will result in congressional representatives and their constituents better able to form a constructive relationship.”

Rascovar: Brown goes negative on Hogan, and vice versa

September 21st, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

So much for a positive, uplifting campaign for Maryland governor. Both candidates already are down in the gutter hurling mud balls at each other. Anthony Brown is by far the worse offender, which is curious. His opponent, Republican Larry Hogan Jr., isn't helping matters with his ad excoriating Brown for his weak leadership and incompetence during the botched health exchange rollout

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