August 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Top state officials on Wednesday approved spending $16 billion over the next 10 years on health insurance for over 200,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents. One of the largest contracts ever granted, the three-member Board of Public Works approved it at a meeting dominated by discussion of the positives and negatives of health care delivery in Maryland, including serious patient care problems at a state hospital in Hagerstown.
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
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
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.
April 27th, 2014 | by Meg Tully
Gov. Martin O'Malley gave his signature to unsung legislation that outlaws a surgical practice removing pet vocal chords, one that the bill's advocates said is inhumane and often frustrating for the animal
April 22nd, 2014 | by Meg Tully
A waitress said she’s familiar with the recent move by lawmakers to boost Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10, but was glad that the legislature pegged the base pay for tipped workers at $
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.
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
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.
March 30th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Oregon's website for the Affordable Care Act failed in many of the same ways as Maryland's but the governor there ordered an independent probe and dealt with the problems differently than Maryland officials have.