Out-of-state drivers have racked up $102 million in unpaid video tolls and fines in Maryland, and lawmakers pushing a bill through the General Assembly want them to pay up.
Gov. Hogan, General Assembly leaders call out board of trustees of UMMS for “self-dealing,” calls for an end of the practice; as senator, Mayor Catherine Pugh failed to disclose business relationship with UMMS as money was channeled into her campaign account; Senate panel seeks to cut $1 million for University of Maryland top office in part due to revelation that Chancellor Caret pushed charm bracelets, then retaliated against chief of staff who complained; House set to OK bill to require background checks to purchase long guns; House gives initial OK to lift statute of limitations from filing lawsuits on child sex abuse complaints; state Sen. Smith gets ready for Afghanistan deployment; city lawmakers kill bill to allow public school police to carry guns; and in the latest of our Hogan Prez Watch, the governor gets laughs at St. Patrick’s Day dinner.
The same poll last week that found 60% of Maryland voters support making the minimum wage $15 — with 43% strongly supporting — also found that support for the move passed by the House of Delegates Friday dropped sharply when voters were told it would raise prices and cost jobs.
An employer who violates the state’s Equal Pay for Equal Work law would have to pay a penalty to the state if a bill heard by the House Economic Matters Committee Tuesday passes.
State legislatures across the country are questioning how to respond to our national epidemic of privacy violations. Maryland’s Cybersecurity Council is suggesting answers in hearings this week on a new Online Consumer Protection Act.
Larry Hogan keeps defying Newton’s third law of motion, which states, “what goes up must come down.” Statewide, 78% of voters approve of the job Hogan is doing as governor (48% “strongly approve”), while only 16% disapprove.
A bill before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee would require short-term rental sites to collect the 6% Maryland sales and use tax at the time of booking and remit the fees to the state.
A temporary corporate tax break to some major Maryland companies has the support of a Senate committee chairwoman and members of her committee. That proposal is just one of many before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee stemming from the legislature’s 2016 Augustine Commission on Maryland’s business climate.
In party line votes, the House of Delegates rejected Republican amendments to a bill raising Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 over the next four years, with no exemption for rural areas.
If Maryland raises its minimum wage to a $15 an hour, a woman-owned company providing traffic control services in Glen Burnie will have to figure out how to cover the half of a million dollars needed to cover the increase.
Delaying state employees’ 3% pay raise tops the list of proposed additional budget cuts legislative analysts are recommending to cope with a revenue shortfall of $200 million to $350 million they are expecting to be announced next week.