December 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Republican Larry Hogan Jr. has made outreach to Democrats a key part of his transition to becoming governor next month. The let's-all-along style reaches a new level on Monday, when Hogan goes shopping with Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot in Easton and Cambridge
December 4th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
Blaine Taylor writes: The long-entrenched Democratic machine that I first encountered in 1974 as press secretary for the late Sen. Patrick T. Welsh has now been knocked to the ground, mainly because in its arrogance and overweening pride, it refused to acknowledge any dissent and desire for change within its own ranks. When you do that, the door is opened to change.
The dinosaurs have thus gone the way of the dodos, having brought it on themselves: a restored two-party system as exemplified by the District 6’s new slate and Councilman David Marks
October 15th, 2014 | by Alexis Webb
The Board of Public Works approved a $200 million contract for gaming machines at the state’s two smallest casinos and also worried about safety on Baltimore’s metro system during its Wednesday morning meeting
September 28th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
OUCH! That's the sound coming from Anthony Brown's campaign headquarters after hearing of a $405 million drop in expected state revenue over the next 21 months.
This is bad news for the lieutenant governor's gubernatorial drive.
The shrinking revenue forecast not only buoys Republican Larry Hogan's campaign, it powerfully reinforces Hogan's central theme: Maryland's budget is out of kilter and in need of serious overhaul
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 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
It was the coolest Tawes Crab Feast in memory. The political-social event of the summer in Crisfield on the Lower Eastern Shore is usually a scorcher in the 90s, but Wednesday was in the low 80s with cool breezes off the bay and low humidity at least at the outset. There was a peculiar lack of candidates this year, perhaps due to the June 24 primary that eliminated many of them. Here's a photo gallery of some of the folks who did show up.
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
February 27th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
In unusual joint testimony, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, chair and vice-chair of the state pension board, pleaded with Senate budgeters not to permanently cut $100 million in state payments to the retirement system. They said the cut proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley had high long-term repercussions and undermined the state's credibility with bond rating agencies by reneging on promises made in 2011 pension reforms
January 19th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Money can't buy you love, but in campaigns, it can buy you lots of other things: attention, status, respect, advertising, mailers, staff and headlines. The candidates with the most money don't always win. But they win most of the time since they often happen to be incumbents. An incumbent in any office with solid money in the bank, high name recognition and low negatives will win
December 18th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland is taking on a significant fiscal role in developing the tests that will assess students based on Common Core curriculum standards, agreeing to administer $96 million in federal grants to create the tests.