Harford exec Glassman explores Senate race, takes poll

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, just a year into his new post, is exploring a run for U.S. Senate, at the urging of campaign advisors, he said. Glassman, a Republican, authorized a poll by his campaign that shows him relatively popular in the Baltimore region and able to beat the other candidates in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. That includes Del. Kathy Szeliga who represents part of Harford County and formally announced her candidacy Tuesday.

Szeliga enters Senate race, seeks to connect with voter struggles

Republican Kathy Szeliga is trying to connect her life story to disaffected and struggling families she hopes will put her in the U.S. Senate next year. At her formal announcement in Annapolis Tuesday, the House minority whip told a personal tale that contrasted with the poised legislator who jousts with Democrats from her seat in the front row of the House of Delegates.

House Republicans propose limiting Md. budget growth to 1%

Republican members of the Maryland House of Delegates are calling on the legislature to trim next year’s budget and avoid cutting payments to the state’s pension fund.

The House Minority Caucus presented its alternative budget plan Tuesday, which reduces spending growth to 1% from the fiscal year 2015’s budget proposed 4%.

If legislators do nothing, they get a pay raise

If legislators do nothing to stop it in the next 19 days, members of the Maryland General Assembly elected this fall — including probably two-thirds of the current members — will get a 16% raise over the next four years, bringing their annual salaries to $50,330. They currently make $43,500 for what is technically a part-time job.

Lawmakers have already allowed the next governor to get a 20% raise to $180,000 by doing nothing to stop it in the first 45 days of the current session.