January 18th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
Birthday greetings Tuesday to Sen. Jim Robey, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Gov. Martin O’Malley. Robey turns 70, Cummings is 60, and youngster O’Malley is just 48. Robey will take the plunge again, and the gov stacks up on MLK day.
January 14th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland is lagging behind neighbors Delaware and Virginia when it comes to monitoring the sale of some prescription narcotics, and Gov. Martin O’Malley told his final pre-inaugural forum that he finds that unacceptable.
At the Public Safety and Security Forum Wednesday in Annapolis, Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendorf told O’Malley and the room of about 300 people about Maryland’s inadequacy in monitoring the sales of oxycontin and oxycodone, which are Schedule II narcotics, when compared with neighboring states. Mullendorf said he has noticed the number of people addicted to these drugs growing in past years. The other law enforcement officials in the room agreed
January 11th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
For the third year in a row, Maryland public schools have again been ranked No. 1 in the nation by Education Week magazine.
Maryland’s K-12 system again achieved this top-of-the-class status with a B+ grade (87.6), edging out New York and Massachusetts with their B grades by 3 and 5 points, respectively
January 7th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
Gov. Martin O’Malley gave county officials from across Maryland some good news at their annual meeting Thursday night, saying he would not seek to shift the huge costs of teacher pensions to them “this year.”
O’Malley said the state needed to make the pension system more sustainable first by either reducing benefits or increasing contributions from employees before shifting those costs – now approaching $1 billion a year – onto county governments
January 7th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
At about 12:15 p.m. Thursday, a package addressed to Gov. Martin O’Malley caused a small explosion in the mailroom of the Jeffrey Building in Annapolis. But it didn’t seem to cause a stir at the State House a few hundred yards away.
O’Malley told reporters after a speech in Cambridge Thursday night that the package contained a note objecting to the highway signs directing motorists to report suspicious activity
December 16th, 2010 | by Len Lazarick
The final revenue prediction for the fiscal 2012 budget left the numbers largely unchanged. That’s a good thing, said Bureau of Revenue Estimates Director David Roose, because revenues are stable, but a bad thing because the economy is continuing its sluggish rebound from the recession.
The crawling revenue growth, board members said, will likely mean more hard times for the state’s budget. During the recession, revenues have been rather stagnant. And in fiscal year 2012, with most federal stimulus funds gone, the state will be struggling to make ends meet
November 19th, 2010 | by admin
I did not need to fly 2,000 miles to arid Arizona to confirm that Maryland is very different politically -- and much better off economically -- than most other states, as Gov. Martin O’Malley has been telling us for a year and a half.
But being among scores of statehouse reporters from states across the nation for the annual meeting of Capitolbeat, the national association of State House reporters, reinforced those facts
September 13th, 2010 | by admin
By Len LazarickLen@MarylandReporter.com Although the general election is still two months away, the results of Tuesday’s primary will decide many [&hellip
August 25th, 2010 | by admin
The development of the Owings Mills Metro station is resuming after a three-year-long delay. The dispute that halted work on the projected $220-million transit-oriented development has been resolved, said Don Mohler, spokesman for Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith. Ground-breaking is expected this spring.
Gov. Martin O’Malley has been pushing for transit-oriented development, and in June, he designated 14 metro stations in the state for intense development. The only site in Baltimore County is Owings Mills
August 12th, 2010 | by admin
The Board of Public Works on Wednesday deferred a $2.5 million contract to give advice on housing agency bonds because there was just one bidder, but -- despite objections from Comptroller Peter Franchot -- approved $32 million for video lottery terminals at the Ocean Downs Casino.
Franchot, as usual, was the principal naysayer on the most controversial items for the board, which must approve state contracts over $25,000. The board is made up of Franchot, Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp