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State Roundup, December 22, 2014

December 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The federal government formally seeks developers for new FBI HQ with no state location designated; Maryland adds 3,800 jobs in November, with private sector responsible for majority; reformers ask state to stop requiring pre-trial bond; MVA will no longer be allowed to change party designation on voter forms; Gov.-elect Hogan sets inauguration plans; U.S. Rep. Delaney proposes infrastructure-aid bill; Arundel Circuit Court judgeship list lacks racial diversity; Howard delegation says goodbye to four legislators; and Ken Ulman takes business incubator post with


State Roundup, December 19, 2014

December 19th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

While other governors are more willing to exercise clemency powers, Gov. O’Malley rarely uses his; Baltimore City mayor promises to find a way to redevelop State Center; Board of Public Works forgives $1.5 million in loans to two housing rehab groups; despite the problems, health exchange board bids fond farewell to Dr. Sharfstein; Eastern Shore Assembly delegates prepare for next session; Energy Administration chief moves to federal job; Del. Schulz to lead Labor, Licensing and Regulation, with past record emphasizing reducing regulation; Del. Vitale is on short list for Arundel judgeship; as Bob Caret returns to take over UM system to much praise, TU President Loeschke resigns due to illness; Howard Exec Kittleman hears budget requests; and Frederick County Exec Gardner says Blaine Young situation shows up holes in county ethics laws


State Roundup, December 18, 2014

December 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

A bipartisan panel of legislators has agreed to ask Gov.-elect Hogan to cut ongoing spending by $350 million; Lt. Gov.-elect Rutherford will share staff with Hogan; Hogan likely to push to charter schools; Sen. Pinsky calls Comptroller Franchot’s “start school later” proposal ridiculous; Hogan picks four for Cabinet; November elections strengthened Republican Party in Maryland; Montgomery County has frozen most hiring, purchasing; and Frederick County exec must tackle budget shortfall


State Roundup, December 17, 2014

December 17th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Board of Public Works expected to OK contract for new paper-scanning voting machines; Gaming board green lights Hollywood Casino request to cut number of slot machines; with Caesars on brink of bankruptcy, what will happen to Baltimore City’s new Horseshoe Casino?; Sen. Rosapepe offers Gov.-elect Hogan advice on managing budget problems; Hogan, Baltimore City mayor meet over dinner; Del. Tarrant says backers hope to secure federal funds to push State Center project through; Prince George’s lawmakers to defend local, state-funded projects targeted by Hogan; Washington County could secure Ag Center from state; Gov. O’Malley meets with supporters but no talk of presidential bid; Blaine Young admits to relationship with employee recently reassigned; and Harford Council prez backtracks on security policy


State Roundup, December 16, 2014

December 16th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State’s budget shortfall grows amid predictions of lower tax collections, stagnant wages, problems split between current fiscal year and next; with dire budget predictions, Gov.-elect Hogan could find himself fighting state mandates, education funding advocates; Purple Line’s fate looks gloomier; opinionator Josh Kurtz ponders how Montgomery County could once again find itself in such a politically weakened situation; Sen. Raskin seeks to take out language from state constitution that bans nonbelievers from holding office; former Del. Cane suffers stroke; and legal questions arise over Blaine Young appointment


State Roundup, December 15, 2014

December 15th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov.-elect Hogan’s visit to Montgomery brings hope for bi-partisanship, projects with huge dose of budget reality; new legislators to address a number of environmental issues; Gov. O’Malley started to address the fracking issue, Gov.-elect Hogan will have to put a stamp on it; Hogan also must face down problems with chicken waste, the Chesapeake and farmers’ future; former Gov. Harry Hughes reflects on a full life at home and in politics; new Frederick County government worries about trickle-down deficit from the state; Carroll Commissioners to keep praying; new Harford exec proposes rooms tax; and Hyattsville considers lowering voting age to


State Roundup, December 12, 2014

December 12th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov.-elect Hogan says Maryland’s budget needs “strong medicine” to repair overspending of the past; Comptroller Franchot sees “adjustments … not draconian changes” to fix budget problems; in-coming Attorney General Frosh defends storm-water fee, farm pollution remediation; Beilenson’s health cooperative doing better under new exchange, enrollment time; some businesses stressed over handling health insurance for their employees; Hogan committed but cautious on restoring funding for Maryland Route 75; clergy to hold police violence protest tonight; Montgomery Exec Leggett recounts recent “politicking while black” incident; Harford council continues to keep citizens at arm’s length; and Gov. O’Malley calls for probe into torture following report


State Roundup, December 11, 2014

December 11th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Maryland pushes health care re-enrollment for those getting government assistance; federal spending bill includes $100 million for Purple Line; if history proves true, new attorney general could clash with new governor over environmental issues; Comptroller Franchot says he’ll vote against State Center at Dec. 17 Board of Public Works meeting; Gov.-elect Hogan hires chief of staff, Sen. Joe Getty as legislative liaison and appoints Bobby Neall as fiscal advisor; in latest bout over D.C. pot law, U.S. Rep. Harris emerges as top target of legalization advocates; and Frederick County Exec Gardner cautious over development deal made under predecessor


State Roundup, December 10, 2014

December 10th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Maryland to receive millions from federal budget deal; Senate panel urges BPW to not OK first phase of State Center if debt limit surpassed; Hogan decries O’Malley last-minute actions; Busch open to, but wary of tax reform; Hogan, Franchot could form alliance on BPW; Hogan, GOP county execs meet; Montgomery County’s fiscal forecast downbeat; and Harford County Council president orders barrier between council and public following meetings, stirring protests


State Roundup, December 9, 2014

December 9th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov.-elect Hogan says his first fight will be against farm pollution regs; Republican delegates want hearing on State Center redevelopment even as the Sun editorial board backs the project; Montgomery, Prince George’s team up to lobby Hogan for Purple Line; appeals court rules that state government can favor bidders with collective bargaining, non-strike deals; Hogan, Franchot carol through Easton shopping trip; Gansler tells court Maryland cannot carry out standing death sentences; and jobless rate dips in Washington County



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