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Md. budget cuts meet fierce resistance

ANNAPOLIS — Proposals to close the state’s budget gap met with fierce resistance Wednesday from dozens of college administrators, local government representatives, environmental activists and myriad others who came to testify against reductions to their own organizations. Nearly 100 people ...

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Next cost of snow: Extra maintenance

First the state spent more than $100 million to clear its roadways after this winter’s record-breaking snowstorms. Now, as the Department of Transportation plans to cut into its spring maintenance to cover that cost, it is also uncovering infrastructure damage ...

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House bills would increase Maryland’s fuel taxes

Two House bills that would raise Maryland’s fuel tax received positive testimony in a hearing Tuesday, but it remains unknown whether any tax increase will prove politically palatable in an election year. Supporters of the bills, including construction groups and ...

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Environmentalists sue Perdue, chicken farm

ANNAPOLIS – A coalition of environmental groups is suing Perdue Farms Inc. and a farm that contracts with Perdue, saying the farm illegally discharged “harmful pollution” into the Pocomoke River. The Assateague Coastal Trust and the Waterkeeper Alliance in December ...

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Some students creating a false Facebook

Some students worried about how their online presence will be perceived by a potential employer are taking the extraordinary security step of changing their names on the social network Facebook. In this down economy, with heavy competition for jobs, Maryland ...

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A call to end transfers from transportation trust fund

ANNAPOLIS — Some legislators are calling for the state to reverse its recent trend of depending on large-scale revenue transfers to balance its budget, proposing a new bill to rein in the practice they describe as fiscally irresponsible. Del. Susan ...

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When the state sneezes, the counties catch a cold

ANNAPOLIS — As repeated snowfalls erode county road budgets already decimated by large-scale state cuts, some legislators feel counties have yet to bear the brunt of the economic downturn. Officials at many counties say they have had to reduce services, ...

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Money for Cigarette Restitution Fund vanishes in a puff of less smoking

ANNAPOLIS — Cancer research and substance abuse programs need to start looking for money elsewhere as the fund sustained by settlement money from lawsuits against three national tobacco companies gradually diminishes. Maryland’s Cigarette Restitution Fund budget is down almost $820,000, ...

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Table games amendment introduced in House

ANNAPOLIS —- With an eye toward generating revenue and staying competitive with surrounding states, Del. Frank S. Turner, D-Howard, introduced a bill Wednesday to eventually amend Maryland’s gaming laws and allow sites awarded slots licenses to operate table games. The ...

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