Rendering of proposed Prince George's County Regional Medical Center.

Rascovar: PG hospital approval begins cure for county’s ailments

It took over three years to surmount the bureaucratic, regulatory and political hurdles but it finally looks like a half-billion-dollar, state-of-the-art regional medical center will rise slowly in populous Prince George’s County. It’s way overdue. For a county of 900,000 people, Prince George’s lacks a premier hospital. No wonder so many local residents go outside the county for their medical care.

State Roundup, October 21, 2016

Maryland saw a net loss in taxpayers of 8,000 from 2014 to 2015; Washington County schools super considers making snow days schools days thanks to online work; Marriott HQ decision to move to a downtown area part of a trend of corporations to move from suburbs; state commission give new Prince George’s hospital its final OK; air surveillance firm had asked Baltimore City police to be open with public before program started; Baltimore City considers changing Columbus Day to honor indigenous people; and while Sheila Dixon considers herself the future of Baltimore many see Catherine Pugh as its fixer.

State Roundup, October 20, 2016

Legislative ethics panel meets, stays mum of Del. Morhaim’s ties to medical marijuana industry he had a hand in creating; co-author of medical marijuana law says measure needs work; state pension managers reconsider impact of investments on climate change; state insurance agency wins suit over employees’ bias claim; Baltimore County to equip all police with body cameras; Howard County voters to decide public financing of campaigns; Frederick GOP planned on $12,000 loan to Maryland Trump campaign, but canceled it; and Baltimore City lacks elections judges — but Trump campaign to send in poll watchers to city and Prince George’s.

State Roundup, October 19, 2016

As state government OKs jurisdictions’ “rain tax” replacements, environmental groups call efforts inadequate; Marriott gets $70 million in state, county tax breaks, grants and loans to stay in Maryland; following ballot irregularities during primary, groups seek election watchdogs in Baltimore City; Sun profiles two city mayor underdogs: Republican Alan Walden and Green Party candidate Joshua Harris; and VP hopeful Tim Kaine attends fund-raiser in Bethesda.

State Roundup, October 18, 2016

Civil liberties advocates criticize state’s use of facial recognition software on MVA records; Attorney General Frosh to ask judiciary to help prevent long-term incarceration for those without cash bail; after teen’s death, state cancels contract with Delaware company; Ag Secretary schools environmental panel of lawmakers on farm practices; Montgomery’s term-limit ballot measure is a cheap campaign; Amie Hoeber’s husband pours more into congressional race Super-PAC; and journalists group defends WYPR’s Kenneth Burns in City Hall fight.

State Roundup, October 17, 2016

While industrial clean energy grows in popularity, communities line up against massive projects; Maryland says it won’t join other states demanding EPA to hold other states responsible for pollution; Medical Cannabis panel member defends licensing choices; Gov. Hogan’s latest school action triggers fight in state school board; Hogan campaigning for few Republicans; Trump campaign signs vandalized in Howard County; and longtime radio reporter Art Buist dies.

Rascovar: For Hogan, business comes first, education second

He’s at it again! Gov. Larry Hogan, Jr. issued another executive order that makes it even clearer he intends to usurp the powers of the Maryland State Board of Education and every local school system in the state. So far, no one is challenging Hogan’s decree setting the start of the school year statewide after Labor Day and the last school day no later than June 15. Nor is any school system threatening to defy his order, which screams “overreach.” There is no valid education reason for Hogan’s action.

State Roundup, October 14, 2016

Hogan appointee to state school board criticizes governor’s latest school start exec order; commission chair considers overhauling school construction funding system; Gov. Hogan meets with Cabinet in Hagerstown; Hogan touts Hagerstown projects, but doesn’t pony up bucks, yet; you have until Tuesday, Oct.18 to register to vote; Montgomery Exec Leggett says he still has lots to do before leaving office; Frederick’s Taney bust to come down; Attorney General says Carroll commish can hold school post; and political pundit Josh Kurtz hopes to launch new news website.