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Will any of the bills that got through the legislature cause Moore heartburn?

The easy part is over. Gov. Wes Moore (D) signed dozens of bills into law Tuesday — most fitting neatly into distinct categories of his agenda. Now the harder part comes: He’s got hundreds of bills that made it through the just-completed General Assembly session to review over the next six weeks. He has three bill signing ceremonies tentatively scheduled for April 25, May 9 and May 16. He can sign bills, veto them or let them become law without his signature.

Olszewski introduces $5B county budget with no tax increases for fiscal year 2025

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. submitted a $5 billion budget for fiscal year 2025 to the County Council on Thursday, an increase from the fiscal year 2024 budget of $4.9 billion. The budget will have to be approved by the council — which can cut, but not otherwise change the proposal. The council is scheduled to vote on the budget on May 23.

Andy Harris breaks with hard-liners, says US should ‘front’ Key Bridge funds

The Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives has pressed the federal government to seek money from shipping companies that may be liable for the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse before spending taxpayer dollars on a replacement. But the group’s member from Maryland, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, said Thursday that he believes it’s OK for the government to “front the money” for a new Key Bridge, while working to be paid back by any liable parties.

The race for City Council’s top spot is basically a three-way tie

The Democratic race to become Baltimore City Council president is up for grabs about a month from primary day, according to a new survey from Goucher College Poll and The Baltimore Banner, as the race has tightened now that a third candidate is in the field. Twenty-seven percent of likely Democratic voters said that if the election were held today they would vote for Zeke Cohen, a sophomore councilman representing Southeast Baltimore.

Western Maryland Democratic Summit set

Democrats from across the state will return to Rocky Gap Casino Resort for the 20th annual Western Maryland Democratic Summit on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The summit features appearances by Maryland’s Democratic Party leadership and elected officials; workshops and exhibits on topics of interest to activists, candidates and political junkies; and networking opportunities.

 

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Maryland members of Congress unveil bill to fund Baltimore bridge reconstruction

A group of members of Congress from Maryland unveiled legislation on Thursday that would pay for the reconstruction and repair of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed last month when a container ship struck one of the bridge’s main supports. The two-page bill, dubbed the Baltimore BRIDGE Relief Act, would have the federal government cover 100% of the cost of replacing the bridge.

Read More: CBS Baltimore
Baltimore mayor outlines city’s role in recovery from Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott laid out the city’s role in the recovery from the Key Bridge collapse. The mayor’s new action plan includes direct support for the families of the six construction workers on the bridge who were killed, plus a wage subsidy program for businesses impacted by the closure of the Port of Baltimore.

Read More: CBS Baltimore
Read the results of the Goucher College Poll-Baltimore Banner survey of Baltimore residents

Goucher College Poll, in partnership with The Baltimore Banner, surveyed Baltimore residents about crime, the economy, housing and other issues facing city residents, as well as their thoughts on the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, impact and response. In addition, the poll also surveyed likely Democratic voters on their preferences in the race for mayor and City Council president.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott received money from 9 donors who exceeded $6K limit

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has received campaign donations above the $6,000 maximum from at least nine contributors this election cycle, violating state campaign finance law.Most of the problem donations, which amount to an extra $29,250, are the result of multiple contributions — some made in early 2023, before the mayoral campaign was underway, combined with others made more recently.

 

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Pimlico deal took weekend negotiations, limits to state liability to pass at 11th hour

Plans to revamp Baltimore’s deteriorating Pimlico Race Course have been years in the making, but it took a weekend of negotiations and a bill passing in the waning hours of the legislative session for Gov. Wes Moore’s administration to advance a new deal. State officials hope the deal will spur a declining industry with facility upgrades and year-round racing, provide a boost to communities neighboring Pimlico and other tracks, and keep the Preakness Stakes — one of three annual events comprising thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown — running in Maryland.

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