Tag: Maryland General Assembly

State Roundup: Services tax would raise more than $3.7B in 5 years

Gov. Larry Hogan’s Change Maryland Fund to use $1.1 million in donations to launch ads blasting Democrats in the General Assembly over crime and taxes; proposed services tax to pay for Kirwan education plan would generate $3.7 billion over five years, fiscal analysis says; with no Maryland cases of COVID-19, state agencies, including the Port, businesses, hospitals and schools set plans in motion; twin bills would provide protections for hospital patients struggling with medical debt; Maryland judiciary seeks changes in filing court case documents in secret; lawmakers consider slew of campaign finance bills, including lifting ban on Prince George’s politicians taking donations from developers; and President Trump to name former first lady Kendel Ehrlich to lead Justice Dept. office on sex offenders.

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State Roundup: Higher taxes for Kirwan?

Del. Luedtke proposes tax on professional services, penny cut in sales tax to fund Kirwan education initiatives, while many suspect businesses that haven’t paid that such tax will protest; watchdog group files ethics complaint against Gov. Hogan over business dealings; Climate Solutions Act would address state fleet, state buildings, new commercial construction and rising sea levels; Del. Wilson returns with bill seeking expanded time for victims of child sex abuse to sue; Sen. Lam introduces bill to ban public school ‘lunch shaming;’ and Hagerstown Airport gets $1 million in federal funding for upgrades.

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State Roundup, February 11, 2020

Sen. Klausmeier proposes bill to ban student sex offends from school campuses; taking Trump administration one step further, Comptroller Franchot bans sale of disposable e-cigarette devices; Gov. Hogan seeks to repeal Busch-sponsored bill requiring state to pay Annapolis at least $750,000 annually; as state seeks to right history, statues of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass installed at State House; Hogan blasts President Trump on Chesapeake Bay program cuts; Sen. Carter says progressive support could help her win Cummings’ seat; and at least 11 take buyouts at Sun Media Group papers.

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State Roundup, January 6, 2020

Gov. Hogan, Comptroller Franchot reach agreement over Beltway, I-270 roads projects, now expected to go before Board of Public Works on Wednesday; as the General Assembly session gets ready to open, education reform – without massive tax hike – leads concerns; bills Hogan vetoed last May expected to reappear; with changes aplenty, House Speaker Jones taps new committee leadership; Prince George’s lawmakers want deal for Bowie Race Track in any Pimlico legislation; Carroll County lawmakers set sights on Kirwan ed reform; AFSCME says Hogan denied its members raises; Frederick County skewing slightly blue; banning hair discrimination expected in Baltimore city, may come up in Annapolis; and towns to fight proposed maglev project.

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