Lawmakers say state should pay city for tax break errors

Several lawmakers are calling on the state to compensate Baltimore amid new disclosures that errors in the historic property tax credit program for homeowners have cut revenue to the city over the past several years. "The state should make us whole," City Councilman Bill Henry, vice chairman of the taxation committee, said Wednesday. "It's not fair to ask the city's homeowners to pay more after the state government told them how much it was going to be. They're the ones that should be making the payments, not the homeowners and not city government." (Balt. Sun)

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Former Md. regulator named to No. 2 Treasury job

President Barack Obama has appointed Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former top Maryland financial regulator, as deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, the White House announced late Wednesday. Raskin, 52, has served as a governor of the Federal Reserve since 2010. Previously she was appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley as commissioner of financial regulation in 2007. (Balt. Sun)

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Delegate says fraud ruling shows need to expand False Health Claims Act 

Del. Sam Arora, whose bill to expand Maryland’s False Health Claims Act to all state contractors failed in the General Assembly last session, said the state’s $300,000 share of a Medicaid fraud judgment proves the need for broader legislation to protect the state’s taxpayers. (Daily Record)

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Phipps named public works director in Anne Arundel

Christopher J. Phipps has taken over the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works permanently. Phipps has been serving as acting director since July 1 following the retirement of Ron Bowen. County Executive Laura Neuman announced the appointment Wednesday. (Capital)

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A look at Martin O’Malley’s $10,000 donors

The fundraising total reported by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s political action committee on Wednesday was bolstered by 11 donors who gave $10,000 — the maximum amount that O’Malley decided he would accept. (Wash. Post)

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O’Malley reports nearly $500,000 raised for his PAC during first six months of the year

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Wednesday reported raising nearly $500,000 for his political action committee since the start of the year, a stretch during which he was more focused on fundraising for other Democratic candidates, aides said. (Wash. Post)

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July 31 // Montgomery Executive Leggett to appeal Pepco rate increase, surcharge

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Tuesday he would appeal a decision by the Maryland Public Service Commission to grant Pepco a $27.9 million rate increase and a new surcharge to bolster the electric grid, calling the proposed hikes “premature and unwise.” (Wash. Post)

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Bernstein heckled while announcing murder conviction

Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein took to the streets Tuesday to announce a recent murder conviction. But the news conference took an unexpected turn when a man pressed in behind a battery of television cameras to express his dissatisfaction with city law enforcement. (Balt. Sun)

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