February 5th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Right after Gov. Larry Hogan finished his State of the State speech Wednesday, one Republican lawmaker quipped that the Democrats were heading to the nurse's station. They wanted to have their hands looked at after sitting on them for an hour
February 1st, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar
Talk about an uneven fight! When it comes to shaping the Maryland state budget Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. is the pre-determined champion.
Think of the budget as a balloon. The governor decides how much air gets pumped into the balloon ($40 billion). Once this is done, the legislature can let out some of that air -- but it can't expand the size of the balloon at all
December 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Senate President Mike Miller announced the full slate of committee assignments Tuesday, finding places for the 11 new senators and shifting several of the incumbents. The Democratic presiding officer determines the committee assignments for both Democrats and Republicans in the 47-member Senate
November 13th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Hardly noticed in the Nov. 4 election that saw Anthony Brown wiped out in an embarrassing avalanche of rejection was the obliteration of the Democratic Party’s moderate-conservative wing in Annapolis
November 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
While the new governor-elect is a pro-business Republican, the newly elected "Democrats coming in are more progressive and more anti-business" than those they are replacing, Comcast lobbyist Sean Looney told a Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
That will present a challenge to Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch on "how to control their own constituency," Looney said. "It's frankly Mike Busch's and Mike Miller's headache."
September 16th, 2014 | by Meg Tully
A consumer advocacy group is giving state lawmakers high scores for passing laws in the 2014 General Assembly session that raise the minimum wage and reduce the impact of foreclosures.
The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, a nonprofit whose mission includes advancing fairness and justice for consumers, also released four-year scores that depicted state lawmakers as generally favorable to consumer issues. Only nine of 47 senators and 46 of 141 delegates got four-year scores lower than 80%
August 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
This is the first part of a four-day series by Capital News Service examining how Maryland uses gambling to raise revenues.
It starts with the state’s 40-year-old lottery, now the fourth largest source of state revenue. This article looks at how lower income ZIP codes contribute a disproportionate share
April 5th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
The Senate voted 34-13 on Saturday to gradually increase the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next four years. The measure, HB295, now returns to the House of Delegates for action on substantial changes made by the Senate Finance Committee on the exemptions
March 20th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
In an effort to ensure Maryland’s millionaires don’t flee the state for cheaper pastures, the General Assembly approved Thursday a cut to the state’s estate tax.
After spirited debate and a 36-10 vote from the Senate, the bill was sent to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is likely to sign the bill
March 19th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
Though he’s listed as chief sponsor of a bill that would cut Maryland’s estate tax, Senate President Mike Miller said Wednesday he only “reluctantly” supports his legislation, and its House equivalent, which delegates passed last week.
But, Miller said, it is important to keep Maryland’s rate competitive to those of other states