Conservation groups, counties fighting proposed cap on open space funding

Environmental and land conservation advocates, along with county officials across the state, are gearing up to fight a Senate Budget Committee proposal to limit Program Open Space funding to $100 million a year. The Maryland Association of Counties said the cap on open space funding would result in "devastating" cuts of as much as $263 million over the next five years.

If legislators do nothing, they get a pay raise

If legislators do nothing to stop it in the next 19 days, members of the Maryland General Assembly elected this fall -- including probably two-thirds of the current members -- will get a 16% raise over the next four years, bringing their annual salaries to $50,330. They currently make $43,500 for what is technically a part-time job.

Lawmakers have already allowed the next governor to get a 20% raise to $180,000 by doing nothing to stop it in the first 45 days of the current session.

From a childhood of abuse to state delegate: C.T. Wilson’s painful story

The first instance of sexual abuse recounted in "10,000 Hills: A Little Boy’s Journey," is detailed, graphic, and emotionally raw. The episode illustrates the tone of the entire book, written and recently self-published by Del. C.T. Wilson, a Democrat from Charles County.

The book recounts the years of abuse Wilson suffered both in the foster care system as well as after he was adopted, and it is painfully forthright.

Updating General Assembly races: More than 540 candidates vie for 188 seats

Our eighth monthly roundup of candidates for General Assembly is hopefully complete through the June 24 primary. The filing deadline has passed, as has the withdrawal deadline, and the deadline for the major parties to fill open ballot positions. There are more than 540 candidates for 188 seats, yet seven incumbent senators have no opposition at all. Another 43 incumbents are giving up their seats, either retiring or running for other offices.