State Roundup, November 22, 2017

Maryland’s two NFL stadiums to vie for FIFA World Cup matches; Tangier Island slipping away; state testing federal initiative to allow addiction treatment centers to be reimbursed per patient through Medicaid; Maryland childcare subsidy has lowest reimbursement rate in country, causing hardship for lower income families; state Sen. Will Smith to seek legislative aid for businesses impacted by Purple Line construction; parents, like Comptroller Franchot, want new Lansdowne school, not a rehab; Rep. Steny Hoyer joins effort to bring peace to Thanksgiving table; and Baltimore County councilman wants school board to vote acting superintendent into post despite income disclosure controversy.

Tangier Island needs help no matter how you define its woes

Most people don’t care too much about why the tides and the erosion are getting worse, or about the politics of climate change. “They want to know what is going to happen to them and what they can do about it,” says a Salisbury University geographer. For many, the real threat won’t come in their lifetimes, and they aren’t likely to pay tens of thousands of dollars to jack up their houses. The key is to honestly acknowledge the threat and install public policies that over time guide “the way that development takes place, rearrange the way people build their homes, the way roads are maintained.”

State Roundup, November 21, 2017

In effort to free promising economic engine, Comptroller Franchot unveils legislative package to ease restrictions on craft breweries; state auditors find severe, possibly illegal financial practices at Baltimore City Community College; enrollment for Maryland’s health exchange rises; health exchange gets new executive director; group asks Appeals Court to uphold earlier decision on Bladensburg Cross; 15 Democratic women named to new Emerge Maryland class; group of scientists back Aruna Miller in race for 6th Congressional District; and former Del. Hurson to seek spot on Montgomery County Council.

News Match turns Giving Tuesday into Giving News Day

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has turned into the new tradition of Giving Tuesday for donating to nonprofit and charitable causes. This year, the three foundations sponsoring News Match—the largest-ever grassroots campaign to strengthen nonprofit journalism — are launching next Tuesday as Giving News Day as part of this nationwide effort. MarylandReporter.com is joining more than 100 local and investigative newsrooms that are eligible to receive up to $28,000 each in matching grants, doubling every donation up to $1,000 they receive by Dec. 31.

Auditors slam financial practices at Baltimore City Community College

Legislative auditors issued a damning report about lax and possibly illegal financial practices at Baltimore City Community College, an institution already under state pressure to fix its dwindling enrollment and improve its management. BCCC is the only one of the state’s 16 community colleges directly under state sponsorship and funding.

Montgomery County Candidates List for local, state, federal office 11/20/2017

This is an updated list of candidates for local, state and federal office in Montgomery County as best as we could determine as of November 20, 2017. Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education member Rebecca Smondrowski has confirmed she will kick off her campaign for the County Council At-Large race on Nov. 29. Del. Sheila Hixson, serving in her 10th term as a House delegate, will not seek re-election. Joel Rubin, a former congressional candidate in Maryland’s 8th District, is seeking a House seat in Legislative District 18. And Republican Laurie Halverson has joined the Legislative District 15 House race.

State Roundup, November 20, 2017

As problems persist with some Maryland judges not applying the law, more call for judicial performance evaluations; transit Secretary Rahn reveals more of plan to relieve congestion on Capital Beltway, I-270; Metro’s former inspector general says she was kept under close scrutiny; study finds state government under-staffed; three shore river conservation groups merge; Carroll Republican Central Committee appointment causing controversy; and Montgomery’s public financing attracts slew some Republicans in Democratic stronghold.

State Roundup, November 17, 2017

Sens. Cardin, Van Hollen introduce legislation to all some immigrants to apply for residency; report finds industries polluting waterways, Chesapeake Bay; Van Hollen bill would address farm runoff; state offering $100,000 reward following slaying of Baltimore police detective; DLS Exec Director Deschenaux heads toward retirement; state, Montgomery County look to relieve congestion on county highways; FCC looks to ease media ownership restrictions in move that could benefit Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcasting; gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous offers plan to address opioid crisis; Anne Arundel County Councilmember Walker attacks County Executive Schuh, House Minority Leader Kipken over mailer; and Davidsonville Democrat enters race for Arundel County exec.

Industrial runoff fouls Bay, threatens communities, report says

Unbeknownst to most Marylanders, many industrial facilities are polluting state waters and the Chesapeake Bay with their stormwater runoff, while also threatening the health of neighboring communities, says a new report by a pair of environmental groups. The groups blame weak state controls and lax enforcement. More than one-third of the Maryland facilities that reported their stormwater discharges from 2014 to March of this year exceeded pollution limits for potentially harmful chemicals, according to records reviewed by the Center for Progressive Reform and the Environmental Integrity Project, both Washington-based nonprofits.