Author: Bryan Renbaum

Local officials urge lawmakers to balance transportation spending statewide

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball stressed his county’s need for expanded transit options. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said that the county’s annual budget includes $75 million for a “permanent public improvements fund” for transportation and that some of that money will go to mass transit, Pittman said local leaders must fight for the state funding their jurisdictions need.

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Health Department official expresses concern over changes to legislation involving composition of maternal mortality board

The Maternal Mortality Stakeholder Review Group amendment would mandate that membership of the committee includes women who have nearly died giving birth and family members of women who have died or nearly died giving birth. The amendment also would require that the majority of members consists of people from community organizations that specialize in maternal health. But the deputy director of government affairs at the Maryland Department of Health told the House Public Health and Minority Health Disparities subcommittee on Tuesday that the proposed changes “will make it difficult for us to fill the stakeholder group.”

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Gansler critiques key component of Hogan’s crime-reduction plan

Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposal to allocate more resources to fight violent crime in Baltimore City is well-intentioned but is only a temporary solution to the problem. Gansler, a Democrat who served from 2007-2015, said: “The long-term solution is to make sure that we have proper leadership going forward, innovative thinking, innovative ideas — to bring down dramatically the crime rate.

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