Three scientists recently uncovered tantalizing hints that the Chesapeake, decades after tipping over the edge toward a more degraded state, could be on the threshold of a comeback.
This week, the Maryland Public Service Commission will consider a forward-looking utility proposal to invest in publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging stations and other related initiatives.
Editorials across the nation were published last week in defense of a free press, and they often quoted Thomas Jefferson to support them. But when he was president, Jefferson was not so fond of newspapers of the day.
I appreciate Carol Park’s nod to Caroline County in her Aug. 8 commentary in MarylandReporter.com about local government pensions (Pension map shows counties have liabilities too.). Unfortunately, in the rush to the Maryland Public Policy Institute’s talking points, there are some missteps
Given the scarce media attention on Maryland state government’s public pension crisis, which includes a $19.7 billion shortfall, Marylanders could be forgiven for not knowing that their local governments also face daunting unfunded pension liabilities.
All sides in the debate over capital punishment claim to “know,” as one of my correspondents claimed, that death penalty is or is not a deterrent. For it to be a deterrent for capital crime, murderers would have to think that they might be caught and that the venue in which they are caught will effect the ultimate punishment. Further, they need to be convinced that such a penalty is not infinitely delayable. In states that it takes a decade or more from conviction to execution and/or those in which capital punishment is rare to nonexistent, there can be no deterrent from the death penalty.
ast Friday’s story Poll: Marylanders back spending more on school safety, career education, but less support for pre-K and teacher pay cites a Maryland Public Policy Institute poll in which voters say they are against making cuts to roads and transportation, public safety, or children’s health insurance to afford expansion of pre-kindergarten education. We at Maryland Family Network, one of the state’s leading advocates for pre-K, agree that we shouldn’t trim back on those essential services. But this either/or scenario proposed by the pollsters doesn’t reflect the reality of pre-K implementation, when it’s done right.
College Republicans across the country are calling on policymakers to make clean energy a priority. The College Republicans here in Maryland are no exception.
We get it: The global race to lead the transition to clean, efficient energy is on, and the states and nations that act boldly will give themselves a competitive edge, create good jobs, and grow their economies. Now is the time for Maryland policymakers to build on the state’s clean energy progress.
The Maryland Constitution – and 80 years of state case law – make clear that a person cannot be jailed for disobeying an order to pay money based on a debt. Yet, debtors’ prisons continue to exist in our state. Legislation (SB 1050/HB 1081) to eliminate debtors prisons in Maryland has passed the Senate but is currently awaiting a vote in the House Judiciary Committee.
Even as Baltimore Mayor Pugh is asking for the business community to open their wallets to provide jobs and money for government programs, the Baltimore City Council just passed anti-business legislation that will make it harder for the restaurants, hospitals, and caterers to hire new staff and balance their books.