State Roundup, July 10, 2019

With Gov. Hogan withholding money, some supporters balk at giving BSO more money landing it on shaky financial ground; as Congress debates Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill, four in five Maryland kids go hungry in summer; state teachers learning to flex their individual muscles; Hogan joins 21 governors in supporting tougher Obama mileage standards; Maryland GOP begins considering a party without Gov. Hogan leading; state’s first African American woman National Guard head retires; Open Meetings Compliance Board says Talbot council’s email, text convos violated law; Queen Anne’s considers ban on mass balloon releases; and Mayor Jack Young reconsiders run for Baltimore mayor.

State Roundup, July 9, 2019

Want to find out latest figures on what lobbyists are earning and what organizations are paying? State searchable database has been updated; Gov. Hogan’s decision to withhold millions in approved funds to impact to Southern Maryland projects; Hogan is urging Congress to pass trade pact with Mexico and Canada; Treasurer Kopp says Maryland considering divesting from fossil fuels; former Prince George’s Exec Baker tapped to serve on UMMS board; UM-Baltimore County athletes sue accuser in latest pushback over sexual assault claims; overall casino revenue drop; and gay Montgomery County councilman battles deluge of hate.

State Roundup, July 8, 2019

As Gov. Hogan cites possible economic downturn in reasoning to withhold budgeted $245M in project funds, including school construction and BSO, Democrats blast his bipartisan push as hypocritical; three years after racing commission gives $1.7 million to Stronach for upgraded housing at Laurel Park, project remains unfinished; new law requires state to disclose fees state pays to Wall Street investment firms: state retirement fund paid $370 million annually on $51 billion in assets; state Labor Dept. discloses April data breach; large number of purchases delays more rebates on electric vehicles; Amazon plans large center in Prince George’s; and Hogan to move ahead with emergency tower in Montgomery.

State Roundup, July 3, 2019

Just two months after the race for Maryland’s speaker of the House, at least two former supporters of Del. McIntosh have been removed from key posts, without new speaker’s knowledge; audit finds Port Administration used contract to skirt state procurement regs; new report finds blue crab population doing just fine; Maryland Attorney General Frosh is suing over asbestos mess following demolition; Frederick and Carroll counties continue work on Monocacy River plan; judge to allow Trump abortion ‘gag rule’ to go into affect; city cops won’t aid ICE in civil actions; agreement to put Howard teachers starting salary at $60,000 in five years; and what ever happened to all those candidates running against Marc Elrich for Montgomery exec?

State Roundup, July 2, 2019

Gov. Hogan still mum on whether he’ll free millions projects, including school construction and rate kit testing; governor does withhold $55 million from ethics-beleaguered Metro; Court of Appeals suspends without pay city district judge over continued incivility; study finds Maryland would need $27 billion to fight rising seas; state high court rules that some workers’ comp claims can apply to telecommuters at home; state taps Easton, Baltimore city spots as arts districts; state prosecutors meet counterparts from El Salvador to join forces to battle MS-13 gang activity; and Montgomery Exec Elrich says legalized pot industry should be state-managed.

State Roundup, July 1, 2019

Following Jordan McNair’s 2018 death, turmoil in its governance, the University of Maryland, College Park warned over accreditation; hundreds of new laws take effect today, including raised tax credit for child care and an armed police force for JHU; state horse-racing regulators ignored state law in awarding millions to Stronach for track upgrades; NAACP leaders throw their support behind D.C.-Baltimore maglev; some scientists think immediate fix to Bay dead zone might be doable; two women of color announce campaigns to take U.S. Rep. Hoyer’s seat; Moody’s cautions Montgomery County on planned budget move; first tax hikes in Baltimore County in years take effect today; and Pulitzer-winning columnist Leonard Pitts handcuffed by police in his Bowie home.

State Roundup, June 28, 2019

Supreme Court won’t interfere on gerrymandering the ruling in Maryland case says; Hogan calls for redistricting overhaul; hundreds rally in Baltimore ICE protest; Pimlico negotiating continues; Ports to take over MTA; one year anniversary of Annapolis newspaper shootings; Hogan criticizes Montgomery on emergency communications planning; Kirwan funding means teacher raises in Harford; Shoemaker joins Family Violence Council

State Roundup, June 27, 2019

Federal ICE agents take action around state; Sen. Cardin urges support for fallen journalists memorial in D.C.; the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling today on the Maryland, North Carolina partisan gerrymandering cases; Hogan administration touts decline in homelessness statewide, but some jurisdictions see increases; horse-racing regulators ignored state law in awarding racetrack subsidies, Sun investigation finds; General Assembly committee is urging state, local jurisdictions to ramp up cybersecurity spending; UM Pharmacy School reverses decision, will now offer graduate degree in medical cannabis; U.S. Rep. Brown says he’s open to another run for governor; and a federal judge won’t rule on dispute over Maryland Public Information Act requests in Baltimore County.

State Roundup, June 26, 2019

MVA offices, already scrambling over REAL ID compliance, now tackling that extra day closed – Friday, July 5; state racing commission delays reimbursing Stronach $4.4 million; Maryland panel probing marijuana legalization meets, under new leadership; Gov. Hogan pushing state agencies to ensure energy savings in state office buildings; Howard County school cafeterias ranked high for healthy foods; VP Pence, in Maryland for GOP Red, White & Blue dinner, gives shoutouts to lots of Republicans, except for Larry whatshisname; Senate panel kills fund request from civilian real estate arm over concerns money will go to D.C. FBI HQ instead of suburban choice; and Baltimore city considers rules for public financing of local campaigns.

State Roundup, June 25, 2019

The Maryland Democratic Party accused nearly 100 donors to Gov. Hogan’s re-election campaign of donating too much money, a claim Hogan’s attorney dismissed as ‘false, sloppy;’ Senate President Miller urging Hogan to release funds for Baltimore police reforms, school construction and rape kits; unredacted complaint indicates pharmaceutical companies coordinated response to congressional inquiry as ‘polite f-u letters;’ few perjury prosecutions amid tens of thousands of failed gun background checks; feds search Metro chair’s home; Maryland’s immigrant communities fear roundups, deportations; and in this week’s Democratic presidential debates: What’s in it for candidate John Delaney, committee chair Tom Perez.