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
August 5th, 2010 | by admin
After remaining untouched for years — and most likely just collecting interest this campaign season — Gov. Martin O’Malley and the legislature raided a $5.6 million fund that allows gubernatorial candidates to get campaign finance help from taxpayers.
Called the Fair Campaign Financing Fund, it has been receiving contributions from taxpayers — but mostly just collecting interest — since 1975, said Jared DeMarinis, director of the division of Candidacy and Campaign Finance for the Maryland State Board of Elections. In the 35 years it’s been on the books, the fund has only been tapped into during the 1994 campaign
June 27th, 2010 | by admin
The warring camps in the battle for the State House are seeking to “nationalize” the race.
Ex-Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s forces are hoping to lash Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley to an increasingly unpopular president, and O’Malley’s troops are tying Republican Ehrlich to Big Oil, the Gulf spill, Big Tobacco and even the bailout of big banks.
June 24th, 2010 | by admin
Treasurer Nancy Kopp sips a cup of coffee. Comptroller Peter Franchot jokes about the American soccer team. Gov. Martin O’Malley congratulates longtime agency workers.
It’s not prime time but for the first time, the Board of Public Works session on Wednesday was broadcast on the web as a test