State Roundup, October 21, 2009

Gov. Martin O’Malley and legislative leaders told state school superintendents they needed to tighten their budgets, perhaps signaling that education funding that has been held harmless so far faces cuts in the future, both The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post report. The Associated Press offers more details of the talks with the supers.

Penny pinching was the theme of a talk Comptroller Peter Franchot gave to a Towson Democratic club, Bryan Sears at Patuxent Publishing reports.

More on Slots: Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold criticizes competing bills in the County Council that could prohibit the county’s single slots proposal, the Post blog reports.  The Sun says the city’s Board of Estimates will likely approve additional land deals for the slots parlor near M+T Stadium.

In more gambling news, Liz Farmer at The Daily Record reports the state lottery commission promised to work more closely with the racing commission on its Racetrax virtual horse racing game. The racing commission thought the game was competing with live racing.

Michael Dresser’s Sun blog suggests the high tolls proposed on the InterCounty Connector may sour the public on new highways paid for with tolls.

The Capital takes a closer look at the death penalty case going on in Annapolis in the murder of a correctional officer.

Senate President Mike Miller in the Post blog tells reporters why he thinks Republican Bob Ehrlich won’t run again for governor.

The League of Conservation Voters gushed over freshman Congressman Frank Kratovil at their annual awards dinner, the Post blog reports.

The state went to a Pennsylvania courtroom to enforce a three-year-old subpoena on Craig Chesek in the General Assembly’s investigation of Ehrlich administration personnel practices, Patuxent’s Bryan Sears reports.

Low-cost fares are boosting traffic at state-run Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport compared to other nearby airports, the Sun reports in its front-page story.

A frustrated Gov. O’Malley tells the Sun’s Laura Smitherman that settlement talks are off with Constellation Energy Group.

About The Author

Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

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