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Md. corporate tax will be cut, Senate chairman predicts

April 25th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland's 8.25% corporate income tax will be lowered next year, at least by the Maryland Senate, predicted Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. "I do believe that next year you'll see it occur," Kasemeyer told a Howard County Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday. The Howard County Democrat had backed lowering the rate at a meeting of the same group in

State loan to pub aimed at neighborhood revitalization

April 24th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

In a somewhat unorthodox designation of state funding last week, the Maryland Board of Public Works granted a $300,000 refinancing loan to a bar-restaurant, The Limerick Pub. The loan to the Wheaton watering hole is part of the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program, a business development initiative that provides gap financing to small businesses in sustainable communities, as defined by the Sustainable Community Act of

State Internet servers ‘outdated and vulnerable,’ auditors find

April 23rd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The five electronic servers maintaining Internet communications for 30 different state agencies have an "outdated and vulnerable" operating system, auditors found in a report on the Maryland State Archives. The Maryland State Archives also did not provide adequate control or records over the state's $31 million art collection, the report by the legislative auditors released Tuesday said

Junior GOP delegates make another attempt to oust House Minority Leader O’Donnell

April 22nd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

A movement led by junior Republican delegates is underway to replace Maryland GOP House Minority Leader Tony O’Donnell and Minority Whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. Second term Del. Nicholaus Kipke, 34, Anne Arundel, and freshman Del. Kathy Szeliga, 51, Baltimore and Harford counties, have been named by party insiders as the team running to replace O’Donnell, 52, and House Whip, Eastern Shore Del. Haddaway-Riccio, 35.

Attorneys general team up with Facebook to protect privacy

April 18th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Led by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, the National Association of Attorney Generals (NAAG) has teamed up with Facebook to improve social media security with the launch of a new consumer education program. “Just as we must address bullying, harmful content and other dangers in our schools and in our neighborhoods, we must address them online,” said Gansler, president of

Towson University president found guilty in absentia

April 17th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Towson University President Maravene Loeschke was found guilty in absentia at an Annapolis show trial Wednesday, with Comptroller Peter Franchot as chief prosecutor and hanging judge. "She should resign," Franchot said after 90 minutes of testimony for which neither Loeschke nor the university provided any defense. The charges warranting dismissal were that Loeschke unfairly shut down the baseball and soccer teams through a closed process and lied about why she did it. Then she announced the decision at a hastily called closed meeting accompanied by campus police

Pension system advisor ‘very disappointed’ in legislative cut in contribution

April 17th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The outside advisor for the Maryland pension system told its Board of Trustees Tuesday that he was "very disappointed" that the legislature reduced the state's payment into the retirement fund by $100 million in budget action this month. The money comes from $300 million in added contributions of state employees and teachers passed in 2011. It is being set aside for the possible federal budget cuts from sequestration.

State credit cards at university used to dodge purchasing rules, auditors find

April 16th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

One department at the University of Maryland Baltimore was found to have misused state-issued credit cards to dodge purchasing rules, and four people were using two credit cards issued to only two people, according to state auditors. An audit report released Monday said purchases made on these two corporate purchasing cards, which had monthly limits of $400,000 or more, "were artificially split in order to bypass formal procurement policies," which generally require competitive bids for purchases over $5,

Support for Md. workforce training program unites business and workers

April 14th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

You might not expect a CEO and a person without a job to agree on legislation, but there are exceptions. Marylanders Mark Rice and Paul Behler live in very different circumstances -- Rice is the owner of a Baltimore City manufacturing plant and Behler is one of the city’s unemployed. But both support a new state program signed into law Tuesday that will fund the training of Maryland’s workforce

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