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Rascovar column: Election politics trumped budget realities

July 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The $77 million in budget cuts approved last week by the Maryland Board of Public Works mark the first recognition there's a price to be paid for placing election-year politics ahead of fiscal realities. It won't be the last spending pullback, either. Maryland has a serious, ongoing imbalance between its high spending habits and its lower than expected revenue receipts. Everyone knew this was coming


DeJuliis accused of tearing down Brochin signs in Senate race

May 12th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

UPDATED The state Senate Democratic primary in Baltimore County District 42 pitting Sen. Jim Brochin against former Del. Connie DeJuliis turned nasty over the weekend as Brochin campaign signs were removed by three men including Ron DeJuliis, the candidate's husband and the Maryland commissioner of labor. MarylandReporter.com obtained photos and video of the incident


Minority contractor loses bid to build center honoring minority hero

April 30th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

A Dorchester County tourist attraction dedicated to preserving the legacy of Harriet Tubman on the Eastern Shore has drawn ire from a minority group contractor whose bid for the project was turned down. Contractor Gilford Corporation, which is owned by an African-American, found its bid rejected because it failed to meet standards of a federal program designed to assist minority businesses.


Analysis: Health Exchange Mess Part I: Failures in leadership

April 9th, 2014 | by Charlie Hayward

In a two-part series Thursday and Friday, retired auditor Charles Hayward (full bio below) delves into the problems that led to a disastrous launch of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange in fall 2013. Among the chief failings of state leadership: not addressing serious red flags when there may have been enough time to fix the root causes; not appreciating the monumental tasks assigned to limited resources; and (3) not selecting one IT expert to take leadership on the website’s development.


Rascovar column: Stonewalling Md. Health Exchange probe

April 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland General Assembly concludes its 2014 session Monday in good shape – except for one monumental omission: the mystery surrounding Maryland’s fatally flawed health exchange, which has squandered uncounted tens of millions of dollars. It’s now clear that both Gov. Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown are content to stonewall and impede any detailed investigation of what went wrong in setting up the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange until well after the June 24 primary election


$10.10 minimum wage passes Senate committee

April 2nd, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

The Senate Finance Committee approved a $10.10 minimum wage for most Maryland workers, but extended the increases over the next four years, rather than three as the House of Delegates had done. The bill also ties the minimum wage to increased state reimbursement for disability support workers, who currently average $9.82 per hour.


Minimum wage hike could be spread over 5 years, tied to raise for disability workers

March 26th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

In a compromise that could possibly move a stalled minimum wage hike out of committee, Senate Finance Chair Thomas Mac Middleton said he has been working on a potential agreement with the governor to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next five years instead of three. This would also make it easier for the state to increase compensation for disability workers above the new minimum



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