Maryland’s top finance official calls for economic retaliation against Alabama after state passes near-total abortion ban

Maryland’s chief financial officer on Thursday called for a number of retaliatory economic measures against Alabama in response to the state’s passage of the nation’s most restrictive abortion legislation. The bill was signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat who also serves as vice chair of the state’s retirement system, is seeking a full divestment of the $52 billion pension fund from Alabama businesses and will soon make the case to the system’s board of trustees, he said. (CNBC)

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'Trump Has Engaged In Impeachable Conduct,' Says Rep Justin Amash

Rep. Justin Amash has become the first congressional Republican to call for the president's impeachment based on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The self-identifying libertarian Republican and frequent Trump critic shared his "principal conclusions" on Saturday, including his assertion that "President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct" in a Twitter thread on Saturday after reading the full redacted report. (WBAL)

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Md. consumer advocates push for new debt collection laws

Jailing a person for an unpaid debt has been illegal for almost two centuries in the United States. But in Maryland, a roundabout court procedure has seen hundreds of people every year jailed for essentially just that: owing money. In debt collection cases, a creditor can file a judgment — a claim that a debt is owed — to compel a debtor to appear in court to answer questions about their assets. Many of these cases result in garnishment — the legal collection of a portion of a debtor’s wages, property or bank accounts to pay back a debt. (WTOP)

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Annapolis council contender says he's been rejected from Ward 6 special election

DaJuan Gay, one of three Democrats vying for the Annapolis City Council’s vacant Ward 6 seat, said he’s been disqualified from running. Gay, 22, said he found out Thursday night his Certificate of Candidacy was rejected by the city. Gay’s treasurer did not sign the second page of the application, city officials told him. “It completely blindsided me,” Gay said. “We completely overlooked that. Everything else was signed and accounted for.” (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel council to hold hearing on income tax cap

The Anne Arundel County Council will hold a hearing Monday on a resolution that would cap county income taxes at 2.5%. Councilman Nathan Volke, R-Pasadena, proposed the cap after County Executive Steuart Pittman’s fiscal year 2020 budget included an income tax rate increase from 2.5% to 2.81%. That’s about $310 a year for families making $100,000. Volke said he put forth the resolution to let residents decide on the tax increase. He said choose 2.5% since its the current rate and close to previous rates in the past 20 years. If the resolution passes — Volke needs five votes — the cap would be placed on the 2020 election ballot as a referendum question. (Balt. Sun)

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'We are at a crossroads': U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings presses Morgan State graduates to stand up for democracy

At Morgan State University’s spring commencement ceremony Saturday, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings urged the graduates to use their freshly minted degrees and talents to defend and promote democracy in its “hour of peril.” The commencement speaker, who chairs the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Reform — the body that possesses jurisdiction to investigate any federal program or matter with federal policy implications — was sued last month by President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to halt subpoenas for financial information from the president's businesses, on the grounds that Cummings had exceeded the limitations of Congress. (Balt. Sun)

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At race, Maryland politicians ponder future of Pimlico

The question of Pimlico’s future was front and center as politicians mingled in the corporate tents and watched thoroughbreds sprint by Saturday during the Preakness Stakes celebration. A plane circled overhead trailing a banner reading: “Stronach Keep Preakness in Baltimore,” paid for by a political communications firm, KO Public Affairs. Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young sported a yellow “Keep Preakness in Baltimore” button as he made his rounds. “Preakness is Baltimore; that’s what it is,” said Young, a Democrat. “We’re going to sit down and work with The Stronach Group see how we can come up with a win-win.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County Council cuts $14 million from Olszewski budget at contentious meeting

In a contentious meeting Friday, the Baltimore County Council reduced County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.’s $3.4 billion spending plan by more than $14 million. Many votes fell along party lines — and after the meeting, Republicans and Council Chairman Tom Quirk, a Democrat, accused each other of partisanship. The council is scheduled to take a final vote on the budget May 23, including decisions on Democrat Olszewski’s proposals for an income tax increase, a new cellphone tax and other measures to raise revenues. The new budget year starts in July. (Balt. Sun)

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