State Roundup June 8, 2010

Ex. Gov. Bob Ehrlich unveiled a plan for more a more pro-business state government, but there was plenty of pushback from Gov. Martin O’Malley, who continues to emphasize the positive new on jobs. Plus Gansler gives his take on the EPA and Cardin reiterates his opposition to offshore drilling.

EHRLICH BUSINESS PLAN: Ex-gov. Bob Ehrlich proposed a series of measures to make Maryland government more business-friendly and reduce taxes, Julie Bykowicz reports in The Baltimore Sun. In his blog, Jay Hancock suggests Ehrlich cut the high personal income tax, not just the sales and corporate income tax.

The Associated Press adds details to Ehrlich’s proposals. Doug Tallman in The Gazette has other reactions. The Washington Post has this version.

SENATE CHALLENGES: Half of Montgomery County’s incumbent Democratic senators face strong primary challenges, Len Lazarick reports in

BALTIMORE TAXES: The Baltimore City Council approved $20 million in tax hikes to avoid major budget cuts, but not a controversial bottle tax, Julie Scharper reports in The Sun.

GOP: The fortunes of the state Republican Party are improving, a Sun editorial says.

HEALTH INSURANCE: Several Tennessee companies and people without licenses to sell health insurance in Maryland have been ordered to stop selling policies to state residents, Liz Kay reports in The Sun.

AIRCRAFT JOBS: The addition of 200 jobs at Middle River Aircraft has politicos crowing, Anna Isaacs reports in The Daily Record. Andrea Walker has more details in The Sun.

GANSLER ON EPA: The Environmental Protection Agency has become a better partner in the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, Attorney General Doug Gansler said, according to the Gazette’s Sean Sedam.

JOBS: Gov. Martin O’Malley  continues his jobs tour at a Frederick facility today, Meg Tully reports in the Frederick News-Post.

DRILLING: Sen. Ben Cardin underscored his opposition to offshore oil drilling near Maryland, Meg Tully writes in the News-Post.

STATE TAXES: Economist Anirban Basu predicts taxes will go up next year and state aid to counties will go down, according to the blog.

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