Year: 2014

State Roundup, December 24, 2014

Gov.-elect Hogan names more cabinet members, including former Del. Joe Bartenfelder as Ag Secretary, a “Bay Cabinet” and Van Mitchell to head health; there’s still time for outgoing Gov. O’Malley to influence Maryland’s future; Hogan won’t back away from tax cut pledge; Prince George’s legislators will once again push for artificial turf on high school fields; and Attorney General Gansler voids Blaine Young appointment to planning commission.

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Private sector experience a key quality of Hogan cabinet picks

In introducing his nominees for another six cabinet posts Tuesday, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan Jr. emphasized again that they were “talented, diverse and bipartisan.” But in addition to some government experience relevant to their new jobs — often in the Ehrlich administration that Hogan served as well — the governor-elect would always point out another quality the appointees had in common — private sector experience.

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State Roundup, December 23, 2014

A new business coalition to urge Gov.-elect Larry Hogan to move forward with Purple Line; as Hogan hones his budget knife, Arundel ponders its financial future; as Del. Schultz prepares to become cabinet secretary, her replacement in House is sought; Maryland No. 3 when it comes to needing services for mental health care; state senator, city comptroller open boutique in Baltimore City; and former Wicomico spokeswoman found in violation of ethics law over election event email.

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Hogan continues outreach to Franchot, Democrats, groups

Gov.-elect Hogan continues to work on his relationship with Comptroller Peter Franchot, who holds a key vote on the three-member Board of Public Works, which will review all of the major contracts of the Hogan administration. Hogan has continued to meet with key Democrats, office holders and interest groups throughout the state as he prepares to take office in a month and submit a budget.

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State Roundup, December 22, 2014

The federal government formally seeks developers for new FBI HQ with no state location designated; Maryland adds 3,800 jobs in November, with private sector responsible for majority; reformers ask state to stop requiring pre-trial bond; MVA will no longer be allowed to change party designation on voter forms; Gov.-elect Hogan sets inauguration plans; U.S. Rep. Delaney proposes infrastructure-aid bill; Arundel Circuit Court judgeship list lacks racial diversity; Howard delegation says goodbye to four legislators; and Ken Ulman takes business incubator post with UM.

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