Politics

  • Cardin opposes Tillerson, Trump pick for secretary of state

    U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced his opposition Monday to President Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee. Cardin had said previously he was "deeply troubled" by Rex Tillerson's appointment, but he did not signal whether he would oppose or support his confirmation. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Hogan does not plan to rebuild Baltimore jail

    Gov. Larry Hogan does not plan to rebuild the notorious Baltimore City Detention Center, aides said Monday. The Republican governor shut down the state-run facility nearly two years ago, began demolition last year and included no money this year in his proposed budget to replace the Civil War-era jail, which was plagued by corruption and scandal. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • On last day, Obama administration announced civil rights review of Maryland transportation

    On President Barack Obama's last full day in office, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it would conduct a sweeping review of Maryland's transportation policies to determine whether they violate federal civil rights rules. The department made the decision after investigating complaints about Gov. Larry Hogan's cancellation of the Baltimore Red Line light-rail project in 2015. It's unclear whether President Donald Trump's Transportation Department will continue the probe. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Md. budget analyst: Deficits will continue until leaders ‘make harder choices’

    Maryland legislative analysts warned on Monday that the state’s frequent budget deficits will continue to be a problem until government leaders make tough decisions about how to better align revenue with spending for the long-term. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) unveiled plans last week to eliminate the state’s most recent shortfall, estimated at a combined $750 million for the current and next fiscal years. But Warren G. Deschenaux, executive director of the Department of Legislative Services, said Monday that the governor’s fiscal plan does little to prevent future budget gaps or address the root causes of Maryland’s chronic deficit problems. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Delegate Kirill Reznik: What Are Republicans Going To Do About Healthcare?

    For the better part of six years, Republicans have been screaming their heads off about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (which they initially dubbed Obamacare).  They’ve done more about the repealing part than the replacing part, mainly because the latter is much, much harder do to.  And there is a reason for that that I will go into in a bit. Read Full Article. 

  • KOFA Policy Call: The Future of the ACA, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 [Audio Recording]

    On Tuesday January 10th, KOFA Public Affairs hosted their first policy call of 2017 with three distinguished guests, who discussed the future of the Affordable Care Act under the Trump administration.  John Deane, Chairman for Advisory Board Consulting, Jennifer Babcock, VP for Medicaid Policy and Director of Strategic Operations, ACAP and Dr. Leana Wen, Health Commissioner for Baltimore City discussed their perspectives on what to anticipate and what the likely impact will be on health insurance coverage. Listen to the recording here.Read Full Article

  • Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) Established to Advocate for Improved Public Health, Patient Access, Advancement of Science

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (January 6, 2017) – The Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) announced today that it has been established to advocate for improved public health, patient access, and the advancement of science within the state’s medical cannabis industry. MedCan founding members are among growers and processors of medical cannabis selected for preliminary licenses by the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Read Full Article.

  • Celebrating Steve's 60th

    On January 1, our dear friend and brother Steve Kreseski would have celebrated his 60th birthday. Steve is never far from our minds, and at this time of year, we are reminded of the many people he helped through his work. He would have been so excited by the focus of the Steve Kreseski Victory Fund and by how many people have so generously donated to help us reach our $50,000 goal by the end of this year. The work supported by these donations would have meant so much to Steve: the research in lung healing, pulmonary disease and acute lung disease that is moving forward because of the gifts given by his family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. (UMSOM)Read More

Business

  • Tradepoint Atlantic, Sagamore Development support bill to make MTA transit more reliable

    As Tradepoint Atlantic continues its search for tenants for the 3,100-acre Sparrows Point redevelopment, one concern has stuck with prospective companies. How will the site's public transit-dependent workforce get to their jobs without a reliable connection from the city? That is why the company is supporting a bill to repeal a farebox recovery mandate that requires the Maryland Transit Administration to recover at least 35 percent of the operating costs for bus, light rail, Metro subway and other services using revenue from fares. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Salisbury call center to field tax questions, bring jobs

    Inside one office on the south side of Salisbury off Route 13, it's always April 15. It has been an outpost for the last couple of years of the Maryland comptroller's office, which oversees the state's tax-collection efforts. It's a big job — so big, officials say, they are adding 25 new employees there to a first-of-its-kind call center. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

  • Kevin Plank, other business leaders meet with Trump

    Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank joined a small group of business leaders at the White House Monday for the first of what is expected to be a series of periodic meetings with President Donald Trump on adding and retaining manufacturing jobs in the United States. In one of the first activites of what he called Day One of his new administration, Trump told the group of CEOs that business regulations and taxes would be cut “massively.” For those looking to grow or start new factories, the Republican president promised to expedite their requests and provide incentives to build. (Balt. Sun/Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • State Center developer to sue state after its contract was voided

    The would-be developer of the State Center in Baltimore said it would file a countersuit Tuesday alleging the voiding of its $1.5 billion agreement to develop the state government complex was politically motivated. A legal battle could hold up the redevelopment of the aging complex for years. The stalled project would have redeveloped the area near Mount Vernon and Bolton Hill with a mix of office, retail and residential properties, with state agencies as the primary tenants. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Plans being considered to move troubled West Baltimore high school to college campus

    Baltimore schools administrators are asking the Board of Education for more time to figure out how to keep Renaissance Academy open. The board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to close the troubled high school. But schools CEO Sonja Santelises wants another month to explore the possibility of moving the nearly 300 students of the West Baltimore school about three miles northwest to the campus of Baltimore City Community College. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Council members propose expanding reach of law to deter loud parties near Towson University

    Three Towson-area County Councilmembers introduced legislation Jan. 17 to expand a county pilot program designed to discourage unruly parties in neighborhoods near Towson University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The bill seeks to add to the program parts of West Towson, Knettishall, Loch Raven Village and Rodgers Forge. The program currently applies to seven neighborhoods east of York Road: Aigburth Manor, Burkleigh Square, Knollwood-Donnybrook, Overbrook, Towson Manor Village, Wiltondale and part of northeast Towson. It also applies to a part of Arbutus, near the UMBC campus. (Towson) Read Full Article

  • Harford Co. Board of Education approves budget

    A lot of passionate teachers and parents came out Monday night in Harford County, as the Board of Education listened to more public comment on the yearly budget. The main concerns are funding for teacher contracts and school programs like athletics and drama. But the biggest things on many teachers' minds was when will the county become more competitive when it comes to instructor salaries. (WMAR-TV) Read Full Article

  • Howard schools superintendent, teachers union continue to clash over "'Slave Song" assignment

    Howard County Superintendent Renee Foose and the union representing the teacher placed on administrative leave for assigning students to write a “slave song” last month continue to clash over whether the assignment was appropriate. In a letter sent to Foose earlier this month, the general counsel for the Maryland State Education Association, which represents Howard County teachers, demanded she retract and correct public statements she made about the Mt. Hebron teacher being inexperienced, and her assignment being out of line with the curriculum. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Leggett vetoes $15 minimum wage bill

    The “fight for $15” will continue in Montgomery County. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett on Monday vetoed legislation that would have increased the minimum wage in the county to $15 per hour by 2020. In a memo to County Council President Roger Berliner, Leggett wrote he vetoed the bill because of his concern about the competitive disadvantage the county could face economically when compared to nearby jurisdictions that have not approved significant minimum wage increases. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Schuh asks BWMC to drop challenge to cardiac surgery at AAMC

    County Executive Steve Schuh on Monday asked BWMC to withdraw its challenge to a cardiac surgery program at Anne Arundel Medical Center, the same day a state panel delayed a final decision on the hotly contested program. In a letter to Karen Olscamp, CEO of Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Schuh wrote that his "primary objective" is the establishment of a cardiac surgery program in Anne Arundel County. The hospital's decision to work with other hospitals in the region to question the reviewer's findings for AAMC in Annapolis, "threatened to undermine Anne Arundel County's chances of establishing a much needed cardiac care program." (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Annapolis considering becoming a sanctuary city

    Annapolis City is now considering becoming a sanctuary to those who weren't born in the states. If the new ordinance passes, undocumented immigrants could not be prosecuted solely for violating federal immigration laws. The city council held a public hearing on Monday to find out what people think. (WMAR-TV) Read Full Article

  • Annapolis City Council to consider non-discrimination bill

    The Annapolis City Council meets Monday night where it will hold public hearings on nondiscrimination legislation and council compensation recommendations. The hearing likely to generate the most controversy is Alderman Jared Littmann's, D-Ward 5, legislation to expand nondiscrimination rules to foreign born-residents. Littmann's legislation would prevent the city from investigating or questioning a person "solely for the purpose of determining whether a suspected civil violation of federal immigration law exists, unless such investigation is required by law," according to the bill. (Capital)Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Gerard Neily: An equity Rx for Port Covington: Transit

    Here's how to rejigger Port Covington's giant Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan so that it helps the city as a whole, physically and economically, instead of just a chosen few: Spend it on transit instead of new Interstate 95 ramps. Access has been a key concern for the new mixed-use development planned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank on an isolated point of land jutting into the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. And the ramps have been a key component of the proposed solution. (Brew) Read Full Article

  • Dan Rodricks: The big 'ifs' that hold Baltimore back

    I know: The shootings and homicides continue at an insane pace. But almost every time I turn a corner in Baltimore, I see scaffolding. Or I look up from a walk-and-talk on my smartphone to spot shiny steel framing in new buildings, or in the additions to old ones. From Greenmount West to the Johns Hopkins medical complex, from Locust Point to Fells Point, to Mulberry Street and the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Center Stage, there's a ton of work underway in the city. It seems almost transformational. If we could just stop the shootings and the killings. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Laslo Boyd: A day of marches

    The “corrupt media” is at it again. There were multiple accounts of large marches on Saturday across the United States and in many other countries. Most media, though not Fox News, reported that turnout greatly exceeded  organizers’ expectations, that all proceeded peacefully and that the marchers promised that they would continue to press not only for equality for women but for a whole range of issues that they see as threatened by the administration of the new president. (From a Certain Point of View)Read Full Article

  • Karla Raettig and Josh Tulkin: Overturn Hogan's clean energy veto

    Developing clean, renewable energy and creating jobs isn't a partisan issue. That's why Marylanders of all political stripes were glad when Gov. Larry Hogan announced a plan to spend almost $65 million on job growth initiatives in green industries. We look forward to seeing the details, but at face-value, we appreciate that the governor has joined the General Assembly, businesses and environmental advocates in our efforts to advance clean energy jobs. Unfortunately, his proposals do not compensate for his veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Now that the General Assembly has an opportunity to overturn Governor Hogan's veto, we believe it's time to enact the Clean Energy Jobs Act into law once and for all. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article