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Mar 23, 2015

Md. House considers 3-year fracking moratorium

The Maryland House of Delegates is considering whether to approve a 3-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

Mar 18, 2013

House panel approves O’Malley’s transportation funding bill

The House of Delegates’ Ways and Means Committee on Monday amended and approved legislation that would increase gas prices by more than 3 cents per gallon this summer, just days after holding a hearing on the administration-backed legislation.

Jul 2, 2012

‘Special session fatigue’ sets in for state lawmakers

Persistent bullying by the General Assembly’s Democratic super-majority hasn’t stripped a sense of humor from the House of Delegates’ Republican leader. Addressing the media hours after the Supreme Court delivered its ruling on the Affordable Care Act Thursday, Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell began a press conference by thanking reporters for meeting with him “o[...]

Apr 9, 2012

Lawmakers bicker over blame for budget impasse

ANNAPOLIS — A leading Senate budget negotiator expressed frustration Monday that House conferees were not meeting senators halfway in last-minute budget talks. But the House speaker suggested the Senate had slowing up budget work by focusing so much on passing a bill to expand gambling in the state. House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, said […]

Apr 8, 2012

General Assembly faces a busy final day

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers will enter the final day of the 2012 session faced with a long list of unresolved important issues. Faced with mandatory adjournment at midnight, the long-time presiding officers of both chambers warned their members to be ready for a tough grind on Monday. “We have not wrapped up the budget, or anything […]

Apr 6, 2012

Senators offer income tax compromise

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland senators submitted a compromise on Thursday on how to raise revenue in a package of budget legislation by increasing income taxes. The proposal, outlined by Sen. Edward Kasemeyer during budget negotiations, would raise about $309 million for the next fiscal year. The compromise would not increase taxes for anyone making $100,000 or […]

Mar 19, 2012

House committee does away with 5.75 percent top tax rate

ANNAPOLIS — Fewer taxpayers would be affected by an income tax increase approved Monday under a House panel’s plan then one approved by the state Senate last week. The House plan also rejected the idea of applying the state’s sales tax to online sales, which was supported by Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, and the Senate. […]

Mar 19, 2012

Senate budget chair defends proposed tax hikes

ANNAPOLIS — A proposal to raise Maryland income taxes may be distasteful to many, but there does not appear to be much appetite to balance the budget long-term through spending reductions alone, a state senator who chairs a key budget committee said Monday. Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, D-Baltimore County, testified before the House Ways and Means […]

Apr 5, 2011

Pared-down Invest Maryland proposal clears House committee

ANNAPOLIS — A pared down version of the governor’s top economic proposal cleared a House of Delegates committee Tuesday, but significant differences remain with the direction senators are taking on the state-run venture fund plan. The approval by the Ways and Means Committee sets up what will likely be a frenetic ride to the finish […]

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