Politics

  • Pugh says tax incentives needed to lure retailers to blighted areas

    Luring grocers and other retailers to Baltimore's under-served communities like Park Heights and Sandtown will require tax incentives for developers and public-private partnerships, Mayor Catherine Pugh told a packed room of about 300 at the International Council of Shopping Centers convention on Monday. Pugh's comments during a panel discussion focused on some of the tenants of her new administration: Redeveloping some of the city's blighted and abandoned communities located away from the waterfront. She said that in Baltimore, so many communities need basics like a grocery store to eliminate urban food deserts. And other potential commercial development like bowling alleys, restaurants and movie theaters will help to move communities forward. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Comptroller Peter Franchot raises a glass to re-election

    Peter Franchot likes his job as state comptroller, and he hopes to keep it. “I think normally the tax collector would not be liked, but I’m lucky,” Franchot said during a Frederick Uncut podcast taping last week. “I’ve been in the office for 10 years, and I hope next year I’ll be one of the top vote-getters.” Franchot (D), of Takoma Park, was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1987. He served there until his 2007 run for comptroller, when he unseated former Gov. William Donald Schaefer (D), in an upset. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • Annapolis police chief decision delayed

    Maj. Scott Baker isn't yet the new chief of the Annapolis Police Department. At Monday's meeting, the Annapolis City Council delayed Baker's appointment until he can go before the Public Safety Committee. The appointment of a new Recreation and Parks director was delayed as well. Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, D-Ward 4, chairs the Public Safety Committee and recommended the delay. The Public Safety Committee is scheduled to meet on June 14. Baker received the nomination after his work as acting chief since February. Mayor Mike Pantelides fired former chief Michael Pristoop after a record year of homicides and two more killings in 2017. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel judge faces complaint after name appears on fundraising pitch

    The founder of an Anne Arundel County progressive group and the Caucus of African American Leaders have filed a formal complaint against Circuit Court Judge Mark W. Crooks after his name was appeared on a county council candidate's fundraising flier. Yasemin Jamison, who created Anne Arundel County Indivisible, submitted the complaint to the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities last week. The seven-page document claims that Crooks violated a section of the state's Code of Judicial Conduct that bars judges from endorsing political candidates. (Capital) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Dr. Leana Wen: How the Republican House Bill to Replace the ACA Will Harm Millions of Americans

    Yesterday, the House passed legislation to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This current bill worsens an already critically-flawed piece of legislation that was introduced in March and failed to pass. The bill will endanger millions of Americans, who will lose coverage for life-saving services. Millions more—including seniors—will no longer be able to pay for healthcare.Read Full Article

  • Tessemae's scouts for larger HQ, seeks Maryland assistance to stay local

    Tessemae's All Natural, the homegrown salad dressing and condiment maker, is on the hunt for larger space and not ruling out a move to outside the state. The eight-year-old company currently occupies 36,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space in Essex. Tessemae's lease is set to expire at the end of May, CEO Greg Vetter said, and is looking for new digs of between 100,000 square feet to 150,000 square feet. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Dundalk Renaissance Corporation Invites Next Generation of Home Buyers to Bayside Baltimore County

    Diane Lesman, Marketing and Development Director for the Dundalk Renassiance Corporation, discusses the tremendous job growth and rising home values in Dundalk. The DRC's housing fair on Saturday, April 22 will provide information and exhibits on housing and financing, including grants for first-time home buyers, to welcome new families and professionals to Bayside Baltimore County.  Watch Full Video

  • Jay Perman & Freeman Hrabowski: March for Science

    On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march in Washington, DC, to celebrate and defend science—at a time when many believe that science does, in fact, need defending. President Trump’s budget proposal cuts 31 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency, slashes the Department of Energy’s basic science research program, and zeroes out a program that supports early-stage research into technologies that can reduce our national dependence on fossil fuels.Read Full Article

Business

  • Public meeting for Eastport Landing scheduled

    The public meeting on the controversial The Lofts at Eastport Landing project has been set for 7 p.m. June 8 in the City Council chambers. The meeting is being held to discuss the project's density, and any other issues, after concerns were raised the city inaccurately calculated how many units could be built on the 6.75 acre property. The residences will be housed on about 2 acres of the development. There are 127 proposed apartment units along with the commercial and retail developments. Multiple legal opinions have been made regarding the density calculations all with varying conclusions on how the city's law should be interpreted. Planning director Pete Gutwald to discuss those discrepancies and look for a path forward. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • General cargo intake at Port of Baltimore sets quarterly record

    Cargo intake at the Port of Baltimore increased 4.8 percent in the first quarter on the way to setting a new record. The port brought in 2.56 million tons of general cargo first quarter, up from 2.4 million tons in the same period last year. General cargo includes cars, containers, farm and construction machinery, forest products and breakbulk. A 6 percent increase in cars and an 8 percent increase in containers drove the overall growth in cargo. (Balt. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

  • First look inside Betamore’s new City Garage space

    Betamore recently opened for business at its new spot in Port Covington's City Garage. The Federal Hill-based incubator and startup hub announced plans last year to double its footprint by expanding to City Garage, the former bus depot Sagamore Ventures, the venture capital arm of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's private investment firm, converted into space for startups and an innovation lab for the Baltimore-based athletic apparel brand. The 8,000-square-foot space at City Garage can accommodate about 90 people, said Betamore CEO Jen Meyer. The organization has about as many people based in its Federal Hill offices. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • From Port Covington to Columbia, technology is changing the way developers think

    Plank Industries CEO Tom Geddes says technology such as ridesharing application Uber is transforming the real estate development industry and changing the way future projects are being planned. The rise of smartphones and e-commerce is altering the way people get to work and causing companies to rethink the type of office space they want. Developers from projects like Tradepoint Atlantic and the redevelopment of downtown Columbia highlighted how they are trying to keep up with changes during a panel discussion led by Geddes at Gov. Larry Hogan's business summit in downtown Baltimore last week. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Kevin Plank's foundation funds summer jobs for Cherry Hill students

    Under Armour boss Kevin Plank's charitable fund announced Monday that it will pay for 40 summer jobs in the maritime industry this year for students at a Cherry Hill public school. Students from New Era Academy High School will spend a month working for employers including the Maryland Port Authority, the Coast Guard Yard and shipping companies. Plank adviser Alicia Wilson announced the jobs program at the Baltimore Rowing Club, which overlooks the Patapsco River and stands across the river from Plank's planned Port Covington development. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Suspect in University of Maryland fatal stabbing held without bail, students say school must address racial tensions

    A white University of Maryland student charged with fatally stabbing a black Bowie State student on the College Park campus was denied bond Monday amid student calls for officials to address racial tensions at the state's flagship university. Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death Saturday of Richard Wilbur Collins III, 23, an ROTC student who last week was commissioned an Army second lieutenant. Collins was waiting for an Uber ride early Saturday after visiting friends on the UM campus when he was attacked by a man described as intoxicated and incoherent. Authorities are investigating whether the killing was a hate crime. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Lieutenant governor talks shop to Walkersville High students

    Teacher Jamie Skena knew that she would have a lot of time to fill. The last day of testing was May 4, leaving her with more than two weeks of classes where she would need to keep her students interested. Skena, who works in the social studies department at Walkersville High School, decided to contact some policymakers and government figures to see if they would come and visit. Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford took her up on the offer and visited the school Friday to speak to students in the school’s lecture room. Rutherford told the students about the heroin task force he is heading up to help combat the epidemic across the state, which has plagued Frederick County in recent years. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • Names of candidates for Washington County Board of Education vacancy released

    The field of candidates seeking a vacant seat on the Washington County Board of Education includes several names that previously have appeared on ballots for local office. The Washington County School Board Nominating Commission met for the second time Monday afternoon, opening the eight applications received by Friday's deadline. Of the eight received, seven candidates will be considered by the commission moving forward because one application wasn't received before the deadline at the required location, according to a statement released after Monday's meeting. (Herald-Mail) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Judge says Purple Line needs more study of Metro’s ridership and safety issues

    A federal judge on Monday ordered Maryland officials to further scrutinize the potential impact of Metro’s declining ridership on the future Purple Line, further delaying construction of the light-rail project in the Washington suburbs and jeopardizing its chances to secure critical federal funding. The ruling means major construction on the 16-mile line connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties remains on hold until a federal lawsuit filed by Purple Line opponents is resolved. Construction already has been delayed seven months because of the lawsuit. The decision by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon also greatly jeopardizes the project’s chances at $900 million in federal con struction grants and threatens a $5.6 billion public-private partnership. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article...

  • Tougher laws, more services for human trafficking victims sought in Howard County

    A 21-year-old human trafficking victim sat unnoticed in a waiting room in Howard County General Hospital nearly three years ago with her trafficker, Rowland Duffey, to get insulin. Court records show Duffey lured the 21-year-old with promises of a romantic relationship. He would traffick her up and down the East Coast and to an Extended Stay in Columbia, Howard County Circuit Court records show. The case was a turning point for the Howard County State's Attorney's office, prosecutors said, where human trafficking was akin to a much lesser offense — pandering — and victims were once seen as willing participants in the sex trade. The $150 billion global sex industry has wound its way into the suburbs of Howard County, from downtrodden motels on Route 1 to a hotel in Columbia. (Ho. Co. Times) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore pharmacies ready for over-the-counter sales of heroin overdose drug

    A new state standing order goes into effect June 1 in Baltimore that will expand access to naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdose. And city pharmacists are preparing for the shift. The move is another step in the effort to reduce opioid deaths in the state and city. Gov. Larry Hogan has declared Maryland's opioid epidemic a state of emergency, after fatal heroin overdoses nearly doubled between January and September 2016 compared to the previous year, and fentanyl deaths quadrupled. In total, deaths from these two opioid drugs spiked to 1,656. In March, Hogan signed an executive order for $50 million in new funding to go toward addressing the crisis. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • SHA makes adjustments to ease Aberdeen's Route 22 congestion

    Motorists may begin to see some relief in the traffic congestion along Route 22 in Aberdeen between Beards Hill and Paradise Road, where construction has been going on for more than three years. Representatives from Maryland State Highway Administration, who attended the most recent Aberdeen City Council meeting, heard from a handful of Aberdeen business owners and residents about lost business and travel problems because of the continued construction and incredibly long waits to go short distances around the construction zone. (Aegis) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Laslo Boyd: They’re Off and Running

    Or are they? Although it seems likely there will be a crowded field in Maryland’s 2018 Democratic Primary for Governor, appearances might be deceiving. Currently, eight names have been mentioned frequently enough to become a list, but it’s far from certain that all of them will still be running a year from now. There are two reasons why the race has attracted as many prospects as it has. First, incumbent Larry Hogan looks like he could be vulnerable. (fromacertainpointofview)Read Full Article

  • A stabbing in College Park

    The University of Maryland is often referred to as the state's flagship, meaning its most prominent university, but it is really more than that. It is not just some high-profile taxpayer-subsidized enterprise but a repository of the state's culture, its aspirations and heritage, representing in brick, mortar, stone and manicured greenspace the value Marylanders place on truth, knowledge and the free exchange of ideas. It is nothing short of horrific that one of the most sacred times of the academic year, graduation weekend, would also be when a visiting student, Richard Collins III, 23, a Bowie State University senior in the ROTC program, was stabbed to death in the chest by a 22-year-old Maryland student from Severna Park under circumstances authorities are now investigating as a possible hate crime. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Mike O’Halloran: Small business implores Gov. Hogan to keep veto promise on sick leave

    With each campaign season comes considerable promises to the small business community. Politicians show up at Mom and Pop stores for photo ops, take walks down Main Street and espouse dedication to empowering entrepreneurs by deregulating and creating pro-growth environments. When Larry Hogan was on the campaign trail, he often cited the fact that as a small business owner, he understood better than any other candidate how difficult it was to remain operational in a state that never seemed to fail in punishing employers with ill-advised policies. (Md. Reporter) Read Full Article

  • Petula Dvorak: An accomplished young man is killed. Are we looking past the likely culprit?

    Over the weekend, a dashing and successful 23-year-old was at a college campus, waiting for an Uber with a few friends. This guy had everything going for him. He was an Army ROTC student about to graduate this week. A true patriot who posted Facebook photos of himself in uniform, selfies of himself goofing around with his diverse group of friends, as well as props to President Trump for his handling of domestic policy. But his life ended Sunday morning after another student, one who publicly identified with a group that posts racist material, allegedly approached him and, unprovoked, stabbed him in the chest. Now imagine that the dead student is white and the guy behind bars is black. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article