Hogan budget calls for slight spending increase, pandemic aid, tax relief
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan Wednesday will introduce a general fund budget for the coming year that contains only a modest increase of roughly 1.4% compared to the current year. Hogan, in briefing with reporters, said the spending plan will provide $1 billion in pandemic relief and $1 billion in tax cuts for retirees and record ...
Senate president forms oversight panel on vaccine rollout
ANNAPOLIS — A top Maryland lawmaker announced Tuesday that he is forming an oversight panel to monitor the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, after criticizing “unacceptable” levels of confusion about vaccine access, administration and distribution in the state. Senate President Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, said the Senate would consider not confirming Gov. Larry Hogan’s nominee ...
Hogan visits Maryland National Guard soldiers at Capitol
WASHINGTON — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan traveled to Washington D.C. to visit soldiers from the state’s National Guard and received a security briefing ahead of the presidential inauguration, his office said. Hogan was joined on Monday by Maryland’s Brig. Gen. Janeen L. Birckhead, who has been chosen to command National Guard troops at the U.S. ...
Ten lobbyists combine for more than $15 million in billing, an increase vs. 2019
Ten lobbyists reported billings of more than $15 million, a slight increase over 2019 according to reports filed with the Maryland State Ethics Commission released in December. The combined reports for those top billing lobbyists — none of whom are strangers to the top of the list — represent nearly $3 in every $10 spent ...
Hogan gets COVID-19 shot as Md. enters new phase of vaccination plan
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan received his first dose of Moderna coronavirus vaccine during a Monday morning press event. The shots for Hogan, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, the wives of the two executives and acting Deputy Health Secretary Jinlene Chan come on the same day as the state enters phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination plan. ...
Miller, Maryland's 'lion of the Senate,' dies at 78
Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Maryland's longest serving Senate president, died Friday afternoon after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 78.
State set to settle with Jordan McNair's family for $3.5M
The family of a University of Maryland football player who died of heatstroke during a 2018 drill will receive $3.5 million under a settlement before the Board of Public Works later this month. The settlement between the University of Maryland, College Park, and the family of Jordan McNair is believed to be one of the ...
Damages cap on injured, killed pets would rise to $25K under Md. bill
Owners of pets injured or killed by an individual’s tortious act could be awarded up to $25,000 in compensatory damages – rather than the current limit of $10,000 – under legislation the House Judiciary Committee considered Friday. Maryland law compensates only the owners’ reasonable veterinary expenses and the fair market value of the pet if ...
Senate Democrats override vetoes on crime, prescription drug bills
A 2020 bill that would levy fees to pay for a first-in-the-nation prescription drug affordability board passed its first hurdle Friday when the Democratic-controlled Maryland Senate overrode a veto by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. The votes represent the first substantive business conducted by the Senate in a session affected by the pandemic during which lawmakers ...
County priorities: Public health, broadband access, election transparency and fiscal fairness
County leaders across Maryland have faced challenges over the past year the likes of which we’ve never seen before. We now head into 2021 with our eyes set on safeguarding public health and restoring our economies in a manner that is safe, equitable and prosperous for all. We can’t do it alone, and so counties ...