Center Maryland Exclusive | Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr: Education the top priority

With the 2016 legislative session fast approaching, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. sits down with Damian O'Doherty to discuss various issues the state faces. President Miller's top priority has always been to improve public education and make college more affordable. Last year's $68 million in education cuts by Governor Hogan was unacceptable in the President's opinion -- new investments are critical to the state's future. The segment closes with an overview of how the Miller/O'Malley gas tax increase was an important bipartisan move that provided the means for much-needed transportation infrastructure improvements.... Continue reading
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Center Maryland Exclusive: Steve Raabe of Opinion Works discusses Governor Hogan poll numbers

Steve Raabe, Founder and President of OpinionWorks, visits Center Maryland to discuss recent polling his firm conducted for the Baltimore Sun on Governor Hogan. In addition to the relatively new executive's positive job approval numbers across the board, findings show that two-thirds of both Democrats and Republicans believe Maryland is headed in the right direction. As a new session begins, debate, impasse and compromise will affect not only how the Governor is viewed, but all policymakers in Annapolis.... Continue reading
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Center Maryland Exclusive: Patrick Murray of the Maryland Democratic Party previews his organization's legislative luncheon

Maryland Democratic Party Executive Director Patrick Murray visits Center Maryland to preview his Party's annual legislative luncheon that will take place on January 12th. This event, which takes place a day before the beginning of the 2016 legislative session, is an opportunity for policymakers to come together and  hear directly from Democratic Party leaders, including Senate President Miller and House Speaker Busch, about what they will seek to accomplish this year. Click here to watch the entire video and learn more about the event.Link to Event Page... Continue reading
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Center Maryland Exclusive | Speaker Michael Busch: Revving the Economic Engine of Baltimore City

Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch sits down with Damian to announce that he will push for a comprehensive legislative package that will address the city's challenges and take advantage of critical opportunities. A successful, healthy Maryland requires a revitalized Baltimore City -- a home to world-renowned hospitals, universities, and cultural institutions. A diverse coalition must join together to tackle the tough issues facing education, crime, and housing. Even with many different socioeconomic challenges facing the city, there is hope in projects like Harbor Point, Harbor East, and Sparrows Point Terminal, as well as the work of business leaders such as Under Armour's Kevin Plank. Speaker Busch is dedicated to making real policy reforms and building stronger private/public partnerships.... Continue reading
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Inside the Headlines: Brian Hammock, Resident Vice President of CSX, Part 2

Brian Hammock, Resident Vice President of CSX, speaks with Damian about opportunities and challenges facing the Port of Baltimore. The expansion of the Panama Canal must be leveraged in order to bring a greater flow of goods. Additionally, the 3000 acres at Sparrows Point, once fully developed, will not only create more industrial transit lines, but provide good paying jobs. The federal government, Brian says, must understand the importance of a robust industrial sector: it brings stable, living wage jobs into the economy. Brian, a government affairs veteran, was recently named one of the state’s most admired CEOs by the Daily Record.... Continue reading
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