Hogan names three more cabinet secretaries; two to go

Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed three more cabinet secretaries, with only two more of the top jobs left to fill.
Hogan named Carol Beatty as secretary of Department of Disabilities, David Garcia as secretary of Department of Information Technology; and Jennie Hunter-Cevera as secretary of Maryland Higher Education Commission, where she is already acting secretary.

Hogan agrees that state employees deserve a pay hike, but says state can’t afford it

State employees and legislators protesting the lack of cost-of-living raises in next year’s budget found an unusual supporter Tuesday — Gov. Larry Hogan, who provided no pay raises in his fiscal 2016 budget.

“This was the most difficult decision we had in the entire budget process,” Hogan told reporters in a wide-ranging news conference. “I think they (state workers) deserve a pay raise.”

Law seeks to make getting government documents easier

A wide range of nonprofit groups, including Common Cause and the newspaper association, are supporting a major reform of Maryland’s Public Information Act that will limit and standardize fees, close exemptions and establish a compliance board for appeals that could also levy fines.

Rascovar on Hogan’s ‘placeholder’ address

Just as Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. delivered to the General Assembly a ‘placeholder’ budget that lets him tread water till he wraps his arms about the state’s fiscal problems next year, he followed that same path in delivering his State of the State address.

It was a ‘placeholder’ speech.

Hunters rally at Blaze & Camo day

Orange neon colored hats livened up the windy courtyard of Lawyers Mall Thursday morning, as hunters wearing camouflage greeted legislators walking into the General Assembly session. They were passing out baseball-caps inscribed with the words “Blaze & Camo Day” to senators and delegates who stopped by. “Wearing your blaze” is a hunting term for wearing neon-orange vests or hats.