Politics

  • Hogan administration refuses to provide plan on fixing budget shortfall

    Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is refusing to provide Maryland lawmakers with a plan for how he will resolve the state's structural deficit next year. Maryland faces a $700 million shortfall in fiscal 2019, and the General Assembly's budget committees had given the Hogan administration a July 1 deadline for submitting a report on how it will fix the gap. In a letter responding to the request, Secretary of Budget and Management David R. Brinkley declined to provide a plan and said the legislature's request skirts the state's budgeting procedures. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Hogan to speak at fundraiser for conservative Pa. candidate

    Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to be the headline speaker at a fundraiser Thursday for a conservative candidate for Pennsylvania governor whose populist style has been compared to that of President Donald J. Trump. Hogan plans to speak at an event in York, Pa., on behalf of Scott Wagner, a state senator from York County who is one of two announced candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • McKay bows out of delegate race to run for register of wills

    Citing family obligations, Del. Mike McKay told Herald-Mail Media in May that he might consider running for Allegany County's register of wills in next year's election, if the position were available. Now it is official. Last week's indictment of current Register of Wills Rebecca D. Drew on charges of misconduct in office, felony theft and misappropriation may have hastened his decision, which McKay said last week he planned to announce in September. (Herald-Mail) Read Full Article

  • Severance pay for top Baltimore County officials questioned

    Baltimore County has eliminated a provision for a severance package for its chief administrative officer amid calls to change the practice of paying top officials when they leave government employment. County officials announced last week that the administrative officer position would no longer be eligible for the severance deal. The announcement Friday came days after the Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club criticized the practice. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Dr. Leana Wen: Baltimore City Health Commissioner Condemns New Senate Healthcare Proposal

    A Senate bill revealed today – the so-called the Better Care Reconciliation Act – is even worse than the initial proposal and will result in loss of healthcare for millions of Americans. Read Full Article

  • National Brain Tumor Society: 2nd Annual Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk

    Kelsey sat in the doctor’s office with her family looking at an MRI that showed a visible white mass. Her doctor confirmed the diagnosis and said the four words she feared most: it’s a brain tumor. Overcome with anxiety and confusion, she asked the doctor about her options and what would happen next. Read Full Article

  • Dr. Leana Wen: Senate Health Care Proposal will Hurt the Health of Vulnerable Populations

    Despite promises that the Senate would propose legislation that would support the health of all Americans, the bill released today would endanger the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community. In particular, this proposal contains four provisions that would be extremely harmful to health.Read Full Article

  • Steve Kearney: Among the Bushes

    Like many reality shows, the rolling White House crisis seems to have no beginning or end.  It just is.  But it’s instructive to remember where the current, more intense series of episodes began. May 10, 2017.  There was yet another crisis to manage.  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was furious at the Washington Post – outraged by its reporting on the aftermath of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Read Full Article

Business

  • Annapolis City Council may delay Market House decision

    A decision on who will be granted a new lease of the city's Market House is expected at the end of the month, but at a work session Monday officials discussed the possibility of postponing their vote. Mayor Mike Pantelides said several options were discussed at the work session, held at City Hall, including delaying the vote until Sept. 1 or possibly for a year. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • CVS opens first Maryland hearing center

    CVS Pharmacy opened its first Maryland hearing center in an Ellicott City store, as part of the drug store chain’s move to capture more health related business in its retail outlets. The store, which sells and services hearing aids, is staffed by audiologists and can provide hearing screenings and fittings. Insurance is accepted for some services. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland's largest brewery, university on a quest for quality local hops

    Maryland has almost 100 local breweries, producing hundreds of local and regional beers. Some of those brews’ ingredients, though, aren’t so local. The state's largest brewery is teaming up with Maryland’s flagship institution to try and change that. Flying Dog Brewery wants to figure out if the state's farms can support hops and, if possible, how they can become a quality supplier for local breweries. (Wash. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Annapolis medical device firm raises $1.5 million seed round

    An Annapolis firm focused on building medical devices to monitor heart disease has raised $1.5 million to help bring its first product to market. Vixiar Medical Inc., a spinout of Johns Hopkins, is developing non-invasive devices and systems for monitoring cardiopulmonary diseases. Its seed round included investors from the U.S. Asia and Europe. Local investors include the Abell Foundation and Maryland Technology Development Corp. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • More parents enroll children in city schools after door knocking campaign

    Several hundred Baltimore parents are enrolling their children in city schools after teachers knocked on 34,000 doors in targeted neighborhoods and urged them to do so, according to new enrollment data. The increased enrollments were part of a five-week outreach campaign to reverse declining enrollment and school funding by convincing parents to give the city public school system a try. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel County school board appointment commission kicks off candidate interviews

    Anne Arundel's School Board Appointment Commission on Monday night began interviewing candidates from what officials say is the largest pool of applicants for a Board of Education vacancy in recent memory. Interviews of the 23 candidates for former board member Tom Frank's at-large seat will be spread out over four nights, with five or six interviews per night. Kelli Higley, of Severn, Tracy Mathews, of Odenton, Eric Wright, of Brooklyn, Christopher Barber, of Crofton, Donna Rober, of Crownsville, and Matthew Caminiti, of Gambrills, presented on Monday. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Unexpected funds added to school system's budget

    Frederick County Public Schools received $2,355,000 more than expected from the state for school construction projects this fiscal year. The County Council approved accepting the additional funds last week. The school system and county budget anticipated receiving $1,195,000 from the state for systemic renovations, but ultimately received $2,550,000. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • Harford schools food, nutrition manager earns national honor

    Gary Childress, supervisor of food and nutrition for Harford County Public Schools and president of the Maryland School Nutrition Association, recently earned the President's Award of Excellence from the School Nutrition Association. The President's Award of Excellence recognizes up to three state presidents each year who demonstrate extraordinary leadership by successfully implementing strategies that advance school nutrition programs in their states and who made the extra effort in achieving excellence in SNA's strategic goals. (Aegis) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Attorney General's office and attorneys spar over settlement for lead paint victims

    The Maryland attorney general’s office is seeking to block a settlement for lead-paint victims who sold off their structured settlements for pennies on the dollar, arguing they are entitled to far more restitution. The attorney general’s office and attorneys for 100 people injured by lead paint are set to spar in court Tuesday over who can get a better deal for the victims. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

    A young woman who says she carried a gun for her own protection. A truck driver passing through Baltimore with a gun in his cab. The manager of an optometrist’s office who, after a car accident, was found to have a gun in his vehicle. As Baltimore’s City Council considers a proposed one-year mandatory sentence for those who illegally carry guns, The Baltimore Sun reviewed dozens of cases in which people were charged last year with illegal gun possession. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Does Wicomico still need tax revenue cap? Study to look at its impact

    It’s been 17 years since Wicomico County voters supported a property tax revenue cap, a controversial move that limits how much money the county can collect each year. Now a new study sponsored by the Greater Salisbury Committee will take a look at what impact it has had and how it may affect the future of the county. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

  • County testimony will figure into Public Service Commission deliberations on solar projects

    Attorneys for Frederick County want utility regulators to consider a new solar energy ordinance before granting approval to a 20-megawatt solar array near New Midway. County attorneys petitioned the Maryland Public Service Commission to reopen its consideration of the proposed LeGore Bridge Solar Center on Clyde Young Road to accept testimony relating to the ordinance passed by the County Council in May. (News-Post) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Laslo Boyd: It’s almost 2018

    Donald Trump has managed to disrupt many of our conventional notions about the world of politics.  Bad things are happening so fast and so frequently that it’s hard to know which ones should get our attention. More significantly, the relatively trivial distractions are difficult to ignore because they seem so outrageous.  Trumps flagrantly disregards conventions, norms, rules, laws–and the truth. (From a Certain Point of View)Read Full Article

  • Hogan vs. Miller

    It was one thing when a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan accused Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller of acting unethically — maybe even illegally — by linking confirmation of a cabinet secretary to getting what he wanted in an unrelated, supposedly apolitical decision about whether the Anne Arundel Medical Center should get a cardiac surgery program. It was quite another last week when the governor himself said the Senate president repeatedly threatened to reject Mr. Hogan’s nominee for state health secretary unless he stopped the Maryland Health Care Commission from granting AAMC the certificate of need required to start the program. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Needle exchange would be a courageous move

    Here's what Gov. Larry Hogan has given Republicans: Freedom to think beyond a predictable playbook in responding to heroin and opioid abuse in Anne Arundel County and across Maryland. Because the first-term Republican has been a vocal advocate for casting this crisis as a health care matter, the conservative political leadership of this county now can discuss establishing a clean needle exchange program. To anyone familiar with this concept and the objections to it, this is a breathtaking discussion. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • John Delaney: Time to get smart on artificial intelligence

    One of the biggest problems with Washington is that the policy conversation often is not grounded in the facts. We see this dysfunction clearly on technology policy, where Congress is largely uninformed on what the future of artificial intelligence (AI) technology will look like and what the actual consequences are likely to be. In this factual vacuum, we run the risk of ultimately adopting, at best, irrelevant or, at worst, extreme legislative responses. (Herald-Mail) Read Full Article