The Maryland Senate late Monday approved a bill that would provide insurance benefits to people who were unsuccessful in their attempt to sign up for coverage through the state health benefits exchange website.
The Maryland Senate late Monday gave preliminary approval to an amended version of an emergency health care bill by a vote of 36-8 largely along party lines.
The Senate voted 36-8 in a preliminary vote on an amended emergency legislation.
The Senate amendments allow the insurance program to extend benefits beyond March 31 to individuals who continue to be unsuccessful at registering for insurance. The bill would also allow the board to develop the regulations it needs, but it would have to notify the legislature within 15 days of creating them. Another amendment sunsets the bill on June 30, 2015. Continue reading →
Maryland ranks among the worst states when it comes to short-, medium- and long-term fiscal solvency, according to a review released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Gov. Martin J. O’Malley during a Jan. 15, 2014 news conference explains what he called “the bad math of the past’ that resulted in structural budget deficitis for much of the last decade.
Maryland ranked no higher than 41 of 50 states in three categories meant to rate the liquidity of each state government, the ability to meet current expenses without running a deficit and the ability to meet all long-term costs, based on 2012 budget numbers. Continue reading →
With Maryland’s top three Democrats on board, an increase in the state’s minimum wage may look like the stone cold lock of the 2014 General Assembly session but exactly how much the increase will be and other details may not be so certain.
Gov. Martin O’Malley is making raising the minimum wage to $10.10 one of his top priorities for the 2014 General Assembly Session.
Gov. Martin J. O’Malley announced Monday that increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour was tops on his to-do list for his last 90-day session.
But Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller raised concerns about the proposal and predicted significant changes to the governor’s plan days O’Malley released his legislative agenda.
“It’s going to be a very tough sell—the bill as it is now,” Miller said last week. “I’m telling you, it’s going to be a very tough sell.” Continue reading →
A structural budget deficit that has plagued the state for more than a decade will continue to vex the next governor, according to a budget expected to be released later today by Gov. Martin J. O’Malley.
Maryland State Budget
The Baltimore Sun reports this morning that O’Malley will present a $39 million billion budget that will close a $400 million gap in the budget without raising taxes but leaves the next governor and General Assembly holding the bag next year to the tune of about $188 million in structural deficit. Continue reading →