Violent crime is on the rise throughout Maryland.
Last week saw a gunman open fire in a Smithsburg factory killing three and injuring four others.
The year is not yet even half over and already there have been more than 150 homicides in Baltimore, mostly by shooting, according to the Baltimore Police Department. That trend puts Baltimore on pace to surpass more than 300 homicides by the end of the year, which has been the case since at least 2017.Read More
The governor added: “Thinking that you can improve law enforcement by defunding the police is like saying that you want to improve education by defunding the schools. It is absurd. It is ridiculous.”Read More
Gov. Larry Hogan Friday unveiled an $150 million initiative aimed at providing additional support for the state’s law enforcement agencies and victims of violent crime.Read More
If you’re like me, you watch one of the local Baltimore news stations when you’re putting on your jammies at the end of a long day. With luck and cool sheets, you’ll be asleep before you hear the lead stories about murder and mayhem in the big city.Read More
State Roundup: As police reform hearings start, Senate Republicans continue to emphasize their opposition
As police reform hearings start, Senate Republicans continue to emphasize their dislike of bill proposals.Read More
Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott said if he is elected mayor of Baltimore he will take concerted action to address police misconduct.Read More
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.Read More
Gov. Larry Hogan previews his $47.9 billion budget, saying it shows fiscal responsibility while attacking crime problems and education without raising taxes; Sen. Smith offers bill to prevent landlord bias against housing voucher tenants; prosecutors seek to fix quirk in law that allows first-degree murderers, rapists to be eligible for parole earlier than second-degree offenders; carbon tax proposal returns with education funding component; four Montgomery County delegates to seek seats at Democratic National Convention; new poll finds Vignarajah leading Scott for Baltimore City mayor; and probe under way into death of 17-year-old special ed student.Read More
Hogan touts new $47.9 billion ‘structurally balanced’ budget that prioritizes education, public safety
“This budget funds all of the state’s top priorities while maintaining $1.3 billion in reserves and limiting budget growth to 1 percent without raising taxes, without cutting services and without raiding dedicated special funds,” Hogan said at a Tuesday morning news conference at the State House.Read More
Comptroller Franchot tells crowd he’s running for governor in 2022; with the General Assembly session opening today, the Statehouse will see new House and Senate leaders: Speaker Adrienne Jones brings a quiet style to her post while incoming Senate President Bill Ferguson seeks stability during the transition; pay attention to the up and comers within the House and Senate; who are the six new members of the House and Senate?; as Gov. Hogan sets his top priorities as crime and corruption, he brushes off questions about his real estate business deals following Washington Monthly report; proposed I-270 monorail between Frederick and Montgomery counties gains traction; and with Amazon blooming in Arlington County, Va., the economic split between it and Montgomery County, Md., grows.Read More
By Bryan Renbaum @BryanRenbaum firstname.lastname@example.org A day ahead of the start of...Read More
The head of the union representing parole and probation officers is taking strong exception to the letter from the acting head of the division that we published last week, “Probation caseloads are taken out of context.” That in turn was a response to our initial article, “Probation officers are stretched too thin, union head says.”Read More
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