State Roundup 2-11-2010

O’MALLEY SNOW RESPONSE: Gov. Martin O’Malley defended the local governments’ storm response and he doesn’t expect normalcy to return for days, reports The Baltimore Sun.

SNOW MONEY: The region’s governments, including Maryland, can apply for federal aid for the past two snowstorms  in one shot, reports the Washington Post. Maryland officials say their share of the federal aid could top the federal funds received after 2003’s Hurricane Isabel. Counties are feeling the budget squeeze from state cuts and the repeated snowstorms aren’t helping, reports Capital News Service. The Post’s Sandhya Somashekher writes navigating the politics of snowstorms can be tricky for officials.

SNOW PHONE GUIDE: The Post has a telephone guide to turn to for travel updates, snow removal and power companies. The Sun’s Michael Dresser has a list of numbers to the state’s county snow removal authorities.

S(NO)W MORE: WBAL-TV has a report about how the blizzard affected aspects across the state. WJZ’s Andrea Fujii reports on how the state is digging out after yesterday’s blizzard. Salt supplies are running low at some places throughout the state, but the state Transportation Secretary says there is a good supply at the port of Baltimore, writes The Sun’s Michael Dresser.

A roof collapsed at a Smithsonian warehouse in Maryland yesterday, reports The Associated Press’ Brett Zongker. Baltimore City sought for snow removal help from private contractors, reports Robbie Whelan with The Daily Record. As Wednesday’s blizzard blew through Baltimore, ‘open’ signs were a rarity, writes the staff of Baltimore Business Journal. The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail has a list of cancellations in the area. An editorial in The (Salibury) Daily Times suggests Wicomico County, Salisbury and other municipalities should combine forces to clear the roads of snow.

MILLER REBUTTAL: Paul Foer at Annapolis Capital Punishment responds to Senate President Mike Miller’s rant on the city’s snow job.

NO SNOW DAY: While the snow may mean some people get the day off, for police officers, firefighters and other emergency crews it’s no snow day, writes The Capital’s Lisa Beisel. Legislators in Annapolis tried to continue their daily work, but yesterday’s blizzard changed those plans, writes The Sun’s Julie Bykowicz. Senate President Mike Miller praised those who were able to attend the regular floor session, reports The Washington Post’s John Wagner.

BUDGET HEARING: Senate President Mike Miller is opening a budget hearing to all lawmakers rather than the original plan of just Republicans, reports The Associated Press.See’s coverage of this and plans by House Republicans.

DIXON: The Baltimore Police Department has maintained a security detail outside former Mayor Shelia Dixon’s home despite the snowstorms, writes The Suns’ Justin Fenton.

REC CENTER SHUTDOWN: The Montgomery County Council voted to close almost a dozen recreation centers in local parks to help save money, writes Cathy Gainor with The Washington Examiner.

HARRIS: The National Republican Congressional Committee placed Maryland State Sen. Andy Harris in the first group of ten “Young Guns” in 2010 House races, writes The Sun’s Paul West. While Harris received an upgrade, he did not get an endorsement.

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