Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposes widening the Beltway and I-270 to include 4 toll lanes

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday proposed a $9 billion plan to widen three of the state’s most congested highways — the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway — in what he said would include the largest public-private partnership for highways in North America. The projects would add four toll lanes each to Maryland’s portion of the Capital Beltway (I-495) and to I-270 from the Beltway to Frederick. It would also widen the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295) by four toll lanes after taking over ownership from the federal government. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel and Howard county executives pressure Frosh to sue Feds over airplane noise

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and Howard County Executive Alan Kittleman want the state to sue the Federal Aviation Administration over what residents near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport describe as lower, louder airplanes. In separate letters, both executives asked Attorney General Brian Frosh to sue the administration on behalf of Marylanders. “At this point it appears that the FAA will respond only to litigation,” Schuh said. The $35 billion Next Generation Airport System — known as NextGen — was implemented in 2014 to address delays and carbon emissions. But residents living along the paths say they’re getting more than an earful from what they describe as lower airplanes. (Capital)

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Now empowered to control city school board, Baltimore mayor seeks new applicants

For the first time in two decades, Baltimore’s mayor has sole authority over who sits on the city school board, and residents who want a say in shaping local education policy are being encouraged to join the board. Applications for three open positions on the nine-member board are being accepted through Monday at the office of Mayor Catherine Pugh. Pugh won full control of school board appointments this year after the state legislature voted to end a longtime arrangement under which the city’s mayor and Maryland’s governor jointly selected members. (Balt. Sun)

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Bill Frick changes course, to run for county executive instead of Congress

It won’t just be County Council members running for Montgomery County executive in the 2018 election. Del. Bill Frick (D-Bethesda), the House majority leader, announced Wednesday he will run for Montgomery County executive. Frick said in an interview with Bethesda Beat that he believes new leadership and vision are needed at the county level. Frick, 42, had previously been fundraising to run for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District. (Bethesda)

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Raskin warns the next stop for Cassidy-Graham bill could be the House

The event in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring was billed as a public forum on Medicaid in the state of Maryland. But with Republicans just 10 miles away in the U.S. Senate working to undo Obamacare, it more closely resembled a campaign rally for the resistance. Religious, medical and political leaders took turns at a lectern, urging residents to fight the bill known as Graham-Cassidy, and teary-eyed Medicaid beneficiaries told their stories. U.S. Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) denounced the latest Republican effort to gut the federal Affordable Care Act, calling it "Trumpcare" and a "mutating monstrosity" like the final scene in the horror movie "Carrie," in which a "bloody hand emerges from the ground again." (Wash. Post)

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Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch returns following liver transplant

All winter, it was clear Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch’s health was deteriorating. His stride was slower; his face was becoming gaunt. He’d lost almost 50 pounds in six months, and by the end of the legislative session in mid-April, lawmakers were quietly wondering whether the state’s longest-serving leader of the House of Delegates would be forced to pass his gavel to a successor. (Wash. Post)

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Vignarajah ducks eligibility questions as she launches gubernatorial campaign

Krishanti Vignarajah did not take questions on Tuesday about whether she is eligible to run for governor as she officially kicked off her campaign in Baltimore County, according to multiple media reports. A spokesman for Vignarajah’s campaign, Steve Rabin, did not return a voice mail Wednesday asking whether the campaign would address the eligibility questions or seek an opinion from the Maryland State Board of Elections about it. (Bethesda)

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House moves to cut millions from Chesapeake Bay restoration funding

Since 2010, millions of federal dollars have streamed into the eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia under a revamped effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, America's largest estuary. But that flow of money could slow under House of Representatives legislation that calls for cutting about $1 for every $6 currently allotted to the program. What's more, an amendment to that bill, sponsored by Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, would block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing the plan's cleanup targets. (Daily Times)

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