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Scripted spending: Legislators propose deficit cut and 4% budget hike

December 14th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

In its annual scripted performance, the Spending Affordability Committee in Annapolis Thursday decided to just about eliminate the state's structural deficit, but allow spending to rise about 4% next year, for an overall state budget of $37 billion in fiscal 2014. The Board of Revenue Estimates approved a slight uptick in revenues, but the big unknown is what will happen in Washington on the fiscal cliff

Legislators propose change in pension funding

December 13th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

The General Assembly’s Joint Pensions Committee unanimously recommended Wednesday abandoning a pension funding method that has allowed the state to pay hundreds of millions less each year into the state retirement system than actuaries said was needed

Disabilities agency now ‘in the red’ after underspending for years.

December 12th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein told a town hall meeting in Columbia Tuesday night that the troubled Developmental Disabilities Administration has made significant progress since discovering $34 million in unspent funds last year. “It looks like we’re in the red” by $4 million or $5 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, “which is a good thing for this agency,” Sharfstein said, “but we don’t know yet.”

Turnout should be key factor in any expansion of early voting, Md. elections director says

December 9th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

State Elections Administrator Linda Lamone told a seminar of state legislators and staff Thursday that any decisions to expand early voting in Maryland should be based largely on voter turnout. “Early voting takes a lot of stress off of election day, but do you want to spend the money to have early voting when you have a very low turnout, for example in the primary elections?” Lamone said

Va., most other states lag behind Md. in setting up new health exchanges

December 7th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland has firmly established its Health Benefit Exchange under Obamacare and has a long-term plan in place. But 40 states, including Virginia, have not passed legislation authorizing a health benefit exchanges in their borders as required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Transportation agencies are correcting problems auditors found

December 5th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland Department of Transportation has put new measures in place to ensure that all five of its agencies are taking correct steps to modify contracts with approval from the Maryland Board of Public Works, the powerful board consisting of the governor, state comptroller and treasurer. The department has also implemented a revised contract justification process, which requires agencies to provide more documentation when they seek contract authorization approval from the board, which meets today.

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