Dec. 5 // Gansler Pledges Support For Minimum Wage Bill, Other Priorities In Legislative Session

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) on Wednesday announced a series of priorities for the upcoming legislative session, including an increase in the minimum wage, that largely reflects issues he has pushed as a candidate for governor. Gansler, who faces a competitive Democratic primary in June, said he would back legislation during the 90-day session to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to at least $10, as well as other measures focused on crime, energy usage and consumer protection. (Wash. Post)

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Brown Announces Backing By County Council Leaders In Montgomery, Prince George’s

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) picked up endorsements of his 2014 gubernatorial bid Wednesday from the newly elected leaders of the county councils in both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The backing of Montgomery’s President Craig Rice and Prince George’s Chairman Mel Franklin added to a long list of fellow Democrats who have sided with Brown in the June primary. Both Rice (D-Upcounty), 41, and Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro), 38, were selected by their colleagues this week to lead their respective councils in Maryland’s two largest jurisdictions. (Wash. Post)

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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown Target Of Criticism Over Health Care

There were smiles all around in April 2011 when Gov. Martin O'Malley, flanked by the state's top Democrats, signed the law creating a whole new agency to set up the state's new health insurance exchange. It was the result of the Affordable Care Act. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown was front and center, getting all the credit that day for leading the charge. Now, Brown is the target of mounting criticism. (WBAL-TV)

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Two-Year Delay Of State’s Stormwater Fee Mandate Likely To Resurface In General Assembly

A proposal for a two-year delay to state-mandated stormwater fees could reappear when the General Assembly convenes in January. In a wide-ranging interview with the Capital Gazette Communications editorial board and staff, Sens. Ed DeGrange, D-Glen Burnie, and Ed Reilly, R-Crofton, voiced support for a proposal that would lift a state order requiring Maryland's 10 largest jurisdictions put such fees in place. (Capital)

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Gray Running For County Executive; Delauter To Seek Council Seat

Three of five Frederick County commissioners are poised to run for elected office in 2014, with one eyeing the county executive race, another competing for a county council seat, and a third aiming for election to a state office. (News-Post)

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Election Year Could Limit Major Legislation

The 2014 election year could mean a dearth of meaningful legislation, although it could bring some minor good news for the business community, local legislators told members of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast meeting Wednesday. (Times-News)

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Inside City Hall: How ‘Little’ Errors Add Up To ‘Unanticipated’ Costs

Last week, the Board of Estimates awarded a nice chunk of change  – $255,000 – to the national accounting firm KPMG. The stated reason: “unanticipated additional projects for completion of the Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Audit Statements.” The $255,000 is the latest slug of public money that Baltimore is spending as a result of one such error – misstatements in the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR in finance lingo. Downplayed by city officials in 2011, these mistakes continue to cause problems as the city calls on outside accountants to make the problems go away. The pricetag so far: $1.9 million. (Brew)

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Prince George’s County Council Elects Franklin As New Chairman

By unanimous vote, the Prince George’s County Council elected Councilman Mel Franklin (Dist. 9) to serve as its chairman for the 2014 legislative year Tuesday morning. Franklin, of Upper Marlboro, was elected to his first four-year term in 2010. Franklin said one of the goals of his terms is to help transform Prince George’s County into a destination site for the world. (Gazette)

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