State Roundup, December 1, 2009

The Victor Cullen Center in northern Frederick County, a recently reopened secure treatment center for troubled youths, has an “alarming” recidivism rate, according to a report from the state’s juvenile justice watchdog group, Brian Witte of the Associated Press reports.

Montgomery County officials are estimating that their budget deficit for the next fiscal year is $608 million, nearly $240 million more than officials had projected in September, Alan Suderman reports in the Washington Examiner. The Examiner also has a story about poor economic indicators for Maryland’s largest county.

There was a November decline in business activity and sales in Maryland, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond reported, according to Ryan Sharrow in the Baltimore Business Journal.

The state Spending Affordability Committee may recommend no growth in the budget or even a slight drop, Doug Tallman reports in the Gazette’s Tuesday newsletter.

We’could be heading for some kind of verdict in Mayor Sheila Dixon’s trial, as The Baltimore Sun reports in its usual detail.  The Daily Record weighs in, and check out the home page of any Baltimore broadcast station, such as WJZ, for more coverage.

Looking for a new angle on the Dixon trial? How about Baltimore Brew’s poetry contest? Only haiku, sonnets or limericks need apply.

Maryland’s university system is considering toughening math requirements, Childs Walker reports in the Sun.

Constellation Energy Group is buying a wind power project in western Maryland, multiple outlets report, with the fullest account from the Sun’s Tim Wheeler. More from WJZ, the Gazette, and The Daily Record.

About 1,200 tickets were sent out to motorists for speeding in state highway construction zones, reports Anne Kramer at WBAL radio.

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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