Kopp to step down as Maryland treasurer
Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp Monday announced she will resign at the end the year, bringing to a close a nearly 50-year career in public office. Kopp, 77, made the announcement in an emailed statement following a meeting of the Capital Debt Affordability Committee. “Serving as Maryland’s Treasurer has been a great privilege, as well as ...
Maryland panel recommends less borrowing despite revenue windfall
A state advisory panel recommends that Maryland issue about $200 million less in bonds for the coming budget year than in the current budget year.
Hogan announces $150M in police funding, renews spat with Democrats
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan called for a “re-funding” of police and announced he would send more than $150 million to departments around the state. Hogan offered sharp criticism of local leaders — especially in Baltimore city — and in Congress as well as an ongoing national discussion about incidents of police brutality and misconduct. ...
Sports betting panel postpones meeting, delaying casino license decision
Three casinos will continue to wait for a state panel to award sports betting licenses. The Thursday meeting of the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission was abruptly postponed. An official reason was not immediately available, but one member said the delay is related to concerns about racial equity. “I just want to have a fair ...
Md. lawmakers urged to prepare public before marijuana legalization
A panel of experts Wednesday advised Maryland lawmakers to carefully consider data collection and public education on potential risks of marijuana use before legalizing the drug for recreational use. Increases in the potency of THC in modern strains of marijuana have lowered the ratio of the psychoactive chemical to others that might prevent some adverse ...
Concerns of minority advocates collide with casinos' push for swift license OK
A potential vote on three sports wagering licenses has some worried that prospective minority owners will be left out. The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission as early as Thursday could approve the applications for three casinos — Horseshoe in Baltimore, Maryland Live in Hanover and MGM National Harbor. All have passed initial reviews and background ...
Navy nuclear engineer from Annapolis charged with trying to pass submarine secrets
WASHINGTON — A Navy nuclear engineer with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government but who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said Sunday. In a criminal ...
Hogan takes combative stance over use of state's revenue windfall
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan has plans of his own when it comes to spending a revenue windfall totaling $5 billion. The second-term Republican governor also said he plans on avoiding the profligate spending and debt he said has driven annual budget deficits for more than two decades. Hogan laid out the broad strokes that ...
With Maryland not displaying Native American COVID-19 data, concern over 'invisibility'
Lumped into the “Other” racial and ethnic category, American Indians and Alaska Natives are effectively invisible on Maryland’s state website for COVID-19.
Maryland's flush finances have some officials pushing for more borrowing
Maryland's overflowing coffers and low interest rates are tempting some state fiscal leaders to borrow more money for roads and buildings.