State Roundup, September 15, 2017

Gov. Hogan refuses to endorse state education plan for aiding low-performing schools, cites new law limiting what the plan can include; Virginia Gov. McAuliffe says Hogan proposal to fund Metro isn’t good enough for a long-term fix; outgoing head of UM Environmental Center has overseen Bay health improvement in 27-year tenure; governor hopeful Madaleno touts Amazon-university deal to bring HQ2 to Maryland; Del. Szeliga targets city school standards; House Speaker Busch, sister discuss liver transplant; and Montgomery County exec asks council for a slower path to $15 minimum wage.

State Roundup, September 14, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court won’t expedite Maryland Republicans’ suit claiming gerrymandering of 6th Congressional District; coalition to push for 50% renewable portfolio by 2030, with Del. Frick set to introduce measure; State Elections Board says there is no evidence of election tampering, but electronic balloting could be more secure; Washington County Republicans give Gov. Hogan, President Trump high marks; longtime Democratic operative Lierman joins Rep. Delaney’s campaign for president; College Park Council OKs voting for non-citizens; and Francis Scott Key monument is vandalized but city mayor says it will be cleaned, not removed.

State Roundup, September 13, 2017

Gov. Hogan has directed Attorney General Frosh to sue the Federal Aviation Administration over new flight patterns at BWI that have caused harsh noise complaints from residents; lawmakers hear from Baltimore city officials on soaring gun-related murder rate as they seek ways to reduce violence; Baltimore city also targets police recruitment, retainment; judge orders Chevy Chase to pay Purple Line advocacy group’s attorney fees in its public records search; when it comes to dealing with the District of Columbia, Maryland’s Republican Rep. Andy Harris has taken the lead; and Prince George’s board suggests ending generous travel allowance, vehicle usage for some officials.

State Roundup, September 12, 2017

Gov. Hogan reverses course on Metro funding, offers $500 million over four years if Virginia, D.C., feds do the same; Attorney Gen. Frosh joins three states in suing the Trump admin over ending DACA; Ocean City businesses concerned that they’ll lose summers workers if Trump administration cancels visa program; proposed funding bill for the EPA strips agency of enforcement power over Chesapeake Bay cleanup; Senate panel to hold marathon hearing today in Annapolis on Baltimore gun violence; Baltimore Council OKs weakened gun bill; state Sen. Conway says this will be her last campaign; and UB President Schmoke invites Ed Secty DeVos to speak, students protest.

State Roundup, September 11, 2017

While Maryland has prepared for weather-related disasters, state officials still say massive storms live Irma could overwhelm emergency services; meanwhile, Maryland first-responders heed the call of FEMA; federal judge temporarily delays decision on stopping tree cutting along trail along Purple Line route; the road to getting the Purple Line has been anything but straight; activist DeMarco to return to Annapolis eyeing expansion of state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard; U.S. Sen. Cardin says he’s optimistic about a possible bipartisan health care bill; and, among a wide and talented field, former Gov. O’Malley, others not ready to back candidate for governor to challenge incumbent Hogan.

State Roundup, September 8, 2017

Gov. Hogan dedicates ICC to Gov. Bob Ehrlich; criticizes Congress over failure to reform U.S. immigration policy; dreamers from around Maryland begin mobilizing to resist, fight DACA repeal; Hogan defends rapid start to Purple Line construction; Pennsylvania lags in efforts to clean up Chesapeake Bay; state’s interim insurance chief is upbeat on Health Exchange despite major setback on the national scene; Maryland State Fair officials say post-Labor Day school start boosted attendance; and Del. Mary Washington to challenge Joan Carter Conway for Senate seat.

State Roundup, September 7, 2017

Board of Public Works cuts about $61 million from budget including to the Department of Health and college system; Treasurer Kopp takes BPW time to criticize Trump administration action against dreamers and state universities say they’ll do all they can to protect these students; state brewers panel bandy about idea of beer sales in grocery stores; Anne Arundel County says it will sue over-prescribing doctors, drug manufacturers in fight to curb opioid abuse; judge expected to make decision on latest Purple Line suit by Friday; Gov. Hogan urges Marylanders to ready for Irma; Hogan to name ICC after former Gov. Ehrlich; and Del. Sanchez to run for state Senate.

State Roundup, September 6, 2017

Board of Public Works set to vote on $68 million in cuts proposed by Gov. Hogan as Democratic lawmakers step up with alternative suggestions; Maryland ‘dreamers’ worried, protest Trump White House decision to rescind DACA as businesses weigh in with their concerns over action; Purple Line opponents head back to court, bringing Metro funding into argument; Maryland ranks well overall in beginning teacher salaries; Yumi Hogan meets with South Korean first lady to discuss collaboration; several Montgomery candidates who support public campaign financing opt out of it; and Arundel Councilman Grasso lets criticism of fellow councilman continue after he gets rebuke from ACLU.

State Roundup, September 5, 2017

Gov. Hogan says Metro won’t receive additional funding from Maryland; who are the 14 firms now growing or on verge of growing medical marijuana?; with later school start, teachers, parents and students continue to debate the costs, benefits; Georgetown Branch Trail shut down as Purple Line work starts, but Montgomery officials, families protest; Arundel’s Safe Stations program sees immediate impact with growing use by addicts seeking help; University of Maryland Medical System takes over Prince George’s hospitals; first lady Yumi Hogan in South Korea during tense time with North Korea; grandson of Del. Branch latest fatality from gun violence in Baltimore; Rep. Cummings still recovering from hospital stay; as races begin to gel, Sen. Kagan’s name keeps cropping up; protesters shine a light on racism at State House; Hogan dumps campaign manager; and Martin O’Malley might run for president, again.

State Roundup, September 1, 2017

Gov. Hogan will seek about $68 million in budget cuts to “get ahead of curve” on projected revenue shortfall, including cutting $22 million from Health Department; head of state opioid effort says community buy-in difficult; UM research reverses brain changes in cocaine addicted mice; Hogan, Howard Exec Kittleman break ground on Route 32 work; Maryland Dems urge Trump administration to stay with plan to put Harriet Tubman on 20-dollar bill; after friend’s appointment to Register of Wills, Del. McKay says he’ll seek re-election instead; Arundel County exec unveils initiative to fight racism; and Baltimore City grapples with lack of zoning on medical marijuana dispensaries.