Baltimore Co. Council members say proposed cellphone tax is too high

One Baltimore County councilman said a constituent cornered him in Costco over County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.’s proposal to tax residents’ cellphones. Another calls the measure the most unpopular idea in the budget. Olszewski’s first spending plan would tax county residents $3.50 per cellphone each month, a move he said would raise much needed revenue to pay for county priorities. But council members say the plan is unlikely to pass without amendments. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan to Sign Bills That Expand Health Care, Increase Age to Buy Tobacco

Monday's scheduled bill signing will be the first since Jones was elected speaker on May 1. Maryland’s governor and legislative leaders will sign dozens of bills into law on Monday, including measures to ease health care enrollment and raise the legal age to buy tobacco products in the state. (Md. Matters)

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Carroll County commissioners to be briefed on charter government options

Commissioner, home rule or charter? The Carroll County Board of Commissioners represent the first form of county government in Maryland, but on June 11, they will be briefed on all the options. This educational forum will be open to the public and held at 7 p.m. in room K100 at Carroll Community College, and will feature three presentations on how county government does, and could work. The meeting will also be streamed on the county’s Youtube channel and accessible through the online meetings portal. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Pittman tax increase gets support, but some ask if it is too much at once

Jim Wortz of Severn was packing up a truck Saturday afternoon after helping his wife sell items at the annual flea market at the Anne Arundel County Fair. Wortz works for Anne Arundel County Public Schools as a construction representative and said he knows that teachers need more money. That’s one of the reasons County Executive Steuart Pittman has proposed raising property and income taxes by about $442 for the average household — to cover pay raises missed by instructors in 2010 and 2011. (Balt. Sun)

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Is your driver's license up to speed? REAL ID requirements cause confusion in Maryland

Imagine it’s sometime in June and you’re rushing to the airport to catch a flight for your vacation. In the rearview mirror, you see a police car flashing its lights to pull you over. You might get a speeding ticket — and worse, if you are one of some 66,300 Maryland drivers whose license needs to be updated to comply with federal REAL ID laws by June, but you missed the deadline. The officer will confiscate your license, which of course you need to board the plane. (Balt. Sun)

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Mayor Jack Young Announces Executive Leadership Team For New Administration

Mayor Jack Young announced his executive leadership team for his new administration on Friday. Kim Morton will serve as Chief of Staff, Carolyn Mozzell will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Neighborhood and Economic Development, Pete Hammen will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Human Services, Sheryl Goldstein will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Feri Byrd will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration and External Affairs. (WJZ-TV)

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Gov. Hogan Urges Action After Death Of Bald Eagles

Governor Hogan is weighing in on a new advisory after seven bald eagles and a great horned owl were poisoned to death. Investigators said the birds were found dead on the Eastern Shore after eating a pesticide that’s been banned in the U.S. since the early ’90s. Governor Hogan said his administration is taking this seriously and doing everything they can to prevent further damage to the ecosystem and bald eagle population. (WJZ-TV)

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'We’re going to get them': Baltimore Mayor Young vows to go after hackers who disrupted city systems

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young vowed Friday to go after the hackers who infiltrated and disrupted the city’s technology systems — and pledged again to refuse to pay their demand for ransom. “We’re not going to pay a ransom,” Young said. “These folks, it’s not just Baltimore city, they prey on all governments. They prey on corporations and companies. It’s a criminal act. We’re going to get them and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.” (Balt. Sun)

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