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Mandatory meal breaks? (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — If a state delegate has his way, Maryland employers who fail to offer workers a half-hour meal break could end up paying, or even going to court.

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Governor names new PSC head, commissioner (access required)

Steven B. Larsen, a former Maryland insurance commissioner, will chair a reconstituted Public Service Commission, which will determine what comes next for the state

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DBED names new assistant secretaries (access required)

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development will name Robert W. McGlotten Jr. as assistant secretary for business development and Hannah Lee Byron as assistant secretary for tourism, film and the arts.

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Dixon takes aim at highest property tax rates in state (access required)

Fresh on the heels of state reassessments that saw home values in Baltimore rise 60 percent in the last three years, Mayor Sheila Dixon Thursday announced the creation of a committee that will review property taxes in hopes of reducing the financial burden on homeowners.

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Bill would levy developer fees to establish bay cleanup fund (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Lawmakers hoping to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay have proposed assessing a fee on all new construction to create a dedicated funding source for bay cleanup programs.

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A new day, a new dollar, but in vending machines? (access required)

One day soon, consumers might not think twice about using a Franklin Pierce or Martin Van Buren presidential dollar coin, but it remains to be seen whether those coins will be embraced by the vending industry.

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