State Roundup, May 26, 2017

Saying he supports sick leave, Gov. Hogan vetoes sick leave bill, calling it “deeply flawed,” then sets up task force to study impact of sick leave on small businesses with possibility of new bill; but Hogan signs 209 bills into law, including those fighting state’s opioid and overdose crisis; judge temporarily puts state medical marijuana industry on hold after minority grower files suit; Attorney General Frosh pushes back after judge delays rulings on Purple Line case; and Rep. Cummings undergoes scheduled heart surgery.

State Roundup, May 25, 2017

Gov. Hogan set to sign 209 bills today, but sick leave, other measures aren’t among them; Purple Line still on Trump administration’s plate, but federal judge’s action may hinder its future; in new Trump budget, administration says clean water programs should be paid for by state, local governments, while it continues to cut programs for most vulnerable citizens; Commerce Department’s Preakness tent filled with state clients; attorney for accused rapist arrested after saying victim could be deported; June 26 primary could mean many changes in Montgomery’s political landscape; and interim Baltimore County schools super hopes job becomes permanent.

State Roundup, May 24, 2017

Maryland lawmakers express shock, concern over major cuts to federal budget proposal that slashes Chesapeake Bay, education, transportation, health and safety net programs but boosts military spending by $54 billion; Comptroller Franchot touts state craft breweries as he kicks off program to help them; 2,000 attend Maryland Party in Vegas; Arundel health officer takes temp job as state deputy health secretary; deadly drug mix found in Arundel as Harford first responders treating OD patient overcome by narcotic; and Baltimore County names interim schools superintendent.

Collins: Double or nothing, Pimlico is a bad bet

Folks may be nostalgic for the tradition of horseracing at Pimlico, but the facility is past its service life and is no longer economically viable. Nostalgia is not enough to justify putting taxpayer money into the old nag. Saying so long to Pimlico may seem like bidding farewell to Memorial Stadium. But even critics of Memorial Stadium’s demise will admit that Orioles Park at Camden Yards is a gem, and the Ravens’ roost at M&T Bank Stadium is first class.

State Roundup, May 23, 2017

Some Baltimore City waters are healthier, but harbor remains far from meeting “swimmable and fishable” goals by 2020; federal judge sends Purple Line back to FTA for new environmental study; MTA imperils workers with shortened city bus routes; 2nd medical marijuana grower to begin work; Comptroller Franchot to seek re-election; federal budget proposal targets “safety nets,” and groups file complaint against judge whose name appears on candidate’s fund-raising letter.

Opinion: Small business implores Gov. Hogan to keep veto promise on sick leave

While the administration continues to focus on pro-business policies, the legislature proved this year with the passage of House Bill 1 that they are determined to run interference, writes Mike O’Halloran of the National Federation of Independent Business. While the governor and his team focus on deregulation, legislators are attempting to mandate the amount of time off an employee can take from their job.

State Roundup, May 22, 2017

As the Preakness Stakes is run, the future of Pimlico remains top of mind; politicians and would-be politicians use the Preakness to rub shoulders; federal Sea Grant program that aids Chesapeake through college research faces an uncertain future; immigrants in Highlandtown help revitalize the area; politicians, developers flock to Vegas for annual Shopping Center conference; Gov. Hogan feted at Vegas fund-raiser; Del. Busch files for re-election; and, if elected, former lt. sheriff could be first female Arundel County sheriff.

Rascovar: Maryland’s gets mixed economic messages from feds

President Trump will be releasing his first budget this week for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Early indicators point to a fiscal blueprint that slashes domestic programs especially for the poor and the environment but is exceedingly generous to the military. How do you rate that package, good or bad?

State Roundup, May 19, 2017

Gov. Hogan, Secretary Gill tout state’s strong economy, growth in cybersecurity, biohealth and life sciences to 700 business leaders; fishery managers say curbs on harvesting female crabs likely; many criticize Hogan’s naming of ex-county exec Roger Hayden to Baltimore County school board, citing majority minority student population; all eyes on Pimlico’s future as Preakness Stakes ready to run; U.S. senators say Deputy Atty Gen Rosenstein knew FBI chief Comey would be fired before he wrote memo; and candidates line up to run for Anne Arundel Council.