Transportation agencies adjusting their long-range plans

The District, Maryland and Virginia governments are proposing to add and subtract from the D.C. region’s long-range transportation plan. The State Highway Administration is resubmitting a plan to complete the Capital Beltway interchange at the Greenbelt Metro station by 2020. (Wash. Post)

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March 19 // Health enrollment deadline extended for some

Marylanders who try but are unable to sign up for health insurance on the exchange by the March 31 deadline will be given more time to do so, state officials announced Tuesday. Under a plan approved by the board of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange on Tuesday, consumers will have to call a newly established hotline to report that they have started an application for insurance but have been unable to complete it because of problems with the online exchange. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore mayor's $2.5 billion budget includes property tax break, no cuts in services

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will unveil a proposed $2.5 billion budget Wednesday that would give city workers a 2 percent raise and — for the first time since 2008 — would not cut city services, officials said. The plan includes the latest installment in the mayor's 10-year plan to reduce property taxes by 22 percent. Officials said the city's stabilizing financial picture also allows $26 million in new capital investments, including $5 million in technology to allow police officers to file reports from crime scenes and their supervisors to better manage overtime costs. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore mayor: IT office accused of fraud, abuse

Baltimore's mayor announced Tuesday "serious allegations of fraud and abuse" leveled against the Mayor's Office of Information Technology. Contractors are alleged to have been getting paid for work they didn't do possibly for the last year-and-a-half. The mayor ordered the inspector general to launch an immediate investigation. (WBAL-TV)

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Sunday hunting bills pass Md. House, Senate

Identical bills to greatly expand Sunday hunting opportunities in western Maryland have passed both houses of the General Assembly. House Bill 406 and Senate Bill 472 would make it legal to hunt on Sundays for all game species in season on both public and private land in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties. (AP/Daily Record)

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Naval Academy sexual assault trial begins amid arguments over consent

The sexual assault trial of an ex-Navy football player got underway at the Washington Navy Yard on Tuesday morning, with the lead prosecutor and defense attorneys clashing in their opening statements over how drunk the accuser was. The case centers on what happened in a car parked outside an off-campus party in April 2012 and whether the alleged victim, a female midshipman, was too drunk to consent to sexual activity. (Wash. Post)

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Destination of funds unclear as Harford starts collecting 'rain tax'

Harford County has begun collecting its version of the controversial statewide stormwater fee, known as the "rain tax," but it remains to be seen where all the revenue will ultimately go. The county is collecting only 10 percent of the fee originally approved by the Harford County Council, which is expected to generate about $900,000 annually, public works director Tim Whittie said last week. A task force created to study the fee could not come to a consensus, and chairman John Gessner ultimately turned in his own report, urging the county to keep the status quo. (Balt. Sun)

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Beatty lavished funds on mayor and City Council as they lavished tax credits on Harbor Point

Should it be called “back scratching,” “quid pro quo” or simply “business as usual” at City Hall? Recently-released campaign reports reviewed by The Brew show that Michael Beatty, developer of Harbor Point, contributed $5,750 last year to his City Council allies – while his wife, his father, his development company and his general contractor paid $16,000 into Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s campaign kitty. What makes this significant? The contributions came during a time when Beatty was actively pushing for approval of a $107 million TIF tax credit from the city. (Brew)

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