Final year for Harford's Craig will be a busy one, he says

Harford County Executive David Craig is in his final 15 months in office, and while his time as the head of the county government is short, his list of projects to accomplish is long. Craig presented a 35-page update to editors and reporters from The Aegis, detailing the priorities of his administration for the remainder of 2013 and 2014. "It's the final one-year plan," he said. (Aegis)

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Republican gubernatorial candidates to focus on economy in upcoming election

Maryland’s three Republican candidates who have launched official bids for governor in a competitive primary all agree on one thing: Their focus will be on economic issues in the upcoming race. “We’ve dealt with social issues for the past eight years … We should have been dealing with the economy,” said Delegate Ron George, R-Anne Arundel, who launched his campaign in June. (CNS)

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Neuman, Benoit to introduce dueling retiree health care bills

New county employees would have to wait 10 years to be eligible for retirement health benefits, while current employees' coverage would be based on the number of years they logged with county government, under legislation from County Executive Laura Neuman. County Council Chairman Jerry Walker, R-Gambrills, will introduce the bill Monday night on Neuman's behalf. The bill aims to address an estimated $1.3 billion in unfunded health benefits the county faces over the next 30 years. (Capital)

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Craig zings Brown over missing manufacturing event

Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a Republican candidate for governor in 2014, got in a dig at prospective Democratic rival Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown over Brown's plan to skip a forum on manufacturing that five candidates are scheduled to attend. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll commissioners discuss new pollution credit requirements for developers

Maryland developers will soon be required to have water pollution credits to help pay for cleanup efforts at the Chesapeake Bay. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners met with an official from the Maryland Department of the Environment on Thursday to discuss the new state policy being created called “Accounting for Growth.” Among other things, the policy requires builders to secure pollution credits in order to offset nitrogen and phosphorus pollution loads coming from new development and leading into the bay. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Comptroller touts health care tax credits

The state comptroller rolled out on Thursday a new phase of his statewide initiative to help small businesses get health care tax credits. The effort began over the summer as a pilot program targeting small businesses in Howard County. The comptroller's office has teamed up with the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition to get the word out. This time, the comptroller's office sent 5,000 letters to small businesses in Anne Arundel County, informing them of a federal tax credit that would average out to be as much as $847 per worker in Maryland. (WBAL-TV)

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Montgomery's trip to China hailed as a success

County Executive Isiah Leggett and a delegation of officials and business leaders from around Montgomery County set out for China last month on a mission to expand the county’s business reach, and they appear to have achieved their goal. (Gazette)

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Town checks posted online lead to account closures

The town of Rock Hall opted to close two of its accounts with The Peoples Bank over security concerns raised after a member of the Rock Hall council posted copies of checks online. Last month, Councilwoman Susan Francis posted copies of improperly signed town checks on a local message board. The routing and account numbers were blacked out, but Rock Hall Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Loller said if the images were enhanced, the numbers could be read. (Star-Democrat)

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