State Roundup, January 18, 2018

Gov. Hogan negotiates 2% pay hike for four unions;, introduces his $44.4 billion operating budget with less funding than expected for opioid crisis; but there are cuts to several Democratic priorities such as mentorship and scholarship programs; funding for Baltimore’s riot recovery is also trimmed although $10 million to attract Amazon is there; pre-announcement breakfast causes a slight uproad with Senate Pres Miller; among a slew of bills introduced is Del. Moon’s to prevent public financing of new Redskins stadium; Gov. Hogan leads the pack in fund-raising for governor’s race, while Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz tops Dems; and U.S. Rep. Raskin alters public meeting plans following threats.

State Roundup, January 17, 2018

Gov. Hogan’s $44.4 billion budget preview includes no tax hikes, more bucks for K-12; Democrats offers three-part-tax relief plan to offset federal tax overhaul as Hogan welcomes proposal; education commission chair says Maryland schools are in “middle of the pack;” Maryland offers bipartisan opposition to federal offshore drilling plan; Hogan to report raising $4.85 million for next campaign; Al Redmer hires top staff for campaign for Baltimore County exec; and Chelsea Manning’s election chances in Maryland may not be so rosy.

State Roundup, January 16, 2018

Legislators take up reshaping state’s medical marijuana industry to include African-American led firms; coalition of union leaders, Democrats and workers launch campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023; Gov. Hogan sets up office to aid small businesses with new sick leave requirement; while judges’ use of cash bail drops dramatically, more people are being held without bail; Sun investigation takes a look at who is to blame for Baltimore City’s cold schools: The city or a state system; Sen. Kagan says Monday’s Metro derailment proves need for new funding sources; and loss of Discovery Channel will impact state, Montgomery County coffers..

State Roundup, January 15, 2018

With Senate vote, Gov. Hogan’s sick leave veto is overridden; but sponsor seeks 90-day delay in its implementation to let small businesses prepare; parents who lost son to carbon monoxide poisoning while working on shrink-wrapped boat seek bills to help prevents others’ deaths; former Republican Party chief and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele says yes, President Trump is a racist; national Republicans eye Maryland as a place to put their money; Democrat steps up to challenge newly appointed Del. Corderman; Chelsea Manning to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin; Matt Mossburg drops 6th District congressional run; 6th District congressional candidate David Trone faces pair of protests this coming week; and one-time promising pol Gary Huddles dies.

State Roundup, January 12, 2018

As expected, the House of Delegates rejects Gov. Hogan’s veto of sick leave bill, with Senate vote expected today. House also rejects Hogan veto of a bill that prohibited colleges from using the criminal history information of applicants; bill to end rights of parents who conceived child through rape is at top of agenda this year; Del. Kipke plans to reintroduce bill to allow some parents to force their adult children into addiction treatment; Baltimore County Exec (and gubernatorial candidate) Kamenetz dismisses Hogan call for investigator general into corruption at schools; state Sen. Oaks pleads not guilty to obstruction; and state pols weigh in on President Trump’s latest comments.

State Roundup, January 11, 2018

Taxes, upcoming elections, term limits, and President Trump are all issues to feed into a likely difficult session; Miller says harassment panel will be “powerful,” should be made up totally of women and will get input from women’s caucus; sick leave veto override could come today; group wants motorcycle helmet requirement eased; Gov. Hogan throws support behind Paris Climate Accord; shore legislators hope to secure free community college tuition for Somerset students; bye-bye trees, hello LEDS as State House grounds get some necessary work; new Gonzales poll continues to give Hogan high marks in outlook for next election; and Dem governor hopeful Ross says he’s raised $1 million.

State Roundup, January 10, 2018

Take the run-up to the 2018 elections, mix in some unpopular federal policy shifts, a well-liked Republican governor and a Democratic-controlled legislature and you have created a volatile political cocktail. Welcome to Annapolis 2018; and in time for the session, Gov. Larry Hogan introduces a bill to mandate state legislators’ term limits; Senate President Mike Miller announces commission to study sexual harassment in Annapolis, but Women’s Caucus unsure of its place at the table; in effort to shore up state health insurance program, lawmakers propose fine; Sen. Oaks may have lost Senate Pres Miller’s support; new Gonzales poll finds undecideds lead, Rushern Baker comes in 2nd among Democratic gubernatorial candidates; state Environment Secretary Grumbles asks federal EPA to back off on power plant emissions deregulation; and groundbreaking former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Holt dies at 97.

State Roundup, January 9, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan proposes “investigator general” to root out corruption, mismanagement in Maryland schools as he promises more funds to help warm up chilly Baltimore City schools; Kirwan Commission preliminary report says despite increased funding, Maryland students remain in “middle of the pack” in U.S.; Annapolis session expected to focus on effect of national policies on state; MGM Casino takes biggest market share; Del. Lewis Young to seek re-election; state GOP chair says Sen. Oaks, under indictment, must go; Oaks’ attorney says FBI probe threw a wider net; Baltimore County to sue opioid makers, distributors; and Salvadorans in Maryland concerned about latest federal order ending protected status.

State Roundup, January 8, 2018

Women lawmakers say harassment in Annapolis is pervasive, not adequately addressed; Gov. Hogan backs stripping parental rights from rapists, bill has better shot of passing; Hogan says overturning sick leave bill veto would open door for workers to be mandated to reveal reasons; U.S. Rep. Cummings hospitalized, as his wife, a candidate for governor, drops out of race; feds say state Sen. Oaks had confessed to corruption; Maryland schools have been a ratings decline for several years; lawmakers in Annapolis expected to address Metro funding; medical marijuana users face dilemma of giving up treatment or gun; and new poll finds strong support for renewable energy on Eastern Shore and in Baltimore County.

State Roundup, January 5, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan opposing Trump administration plan to significantly expand offshore oil, gas drilling along Atlantic coastline; emerging Maryland medical marijuana industry concerned about U.S. Attorney General Sessions’ rescinding of policy; animal, plant populations up in Bay, new report card shows; controversy over cold schools heats up, report finds delays, failures forced Baltimore City schools to return millions in state repair funds; Baltimore scrapyard settles environmental violations; and former Gov. O’Malley backs Johnny Olszewski Jr. for Baltimore County exec.