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Mar 12, 2013

House prepares to debate O’Malley’s budget

The House of Delegates has quietly readied itself to debate and vote on Gov. Martin O'Malley's $37.3 billion operating budget proposal.

Feb 22, 2013

Robert Nusgart: Are we facing another doomsday clock?

In his State of the Union address, President Obama again asked Congress to consider legislation that will allow more homeowners to refinance mortgages that are currently higher than the value of their homes.

May 24, 2012

Editorial: Whistling past the graveyard

Maryland legislators returned to their homes and their full-time occupations last week, no doubt congratulating themselves for taking care of business at their special session that they should have taken care during the 90 days of the regular session. Now, the governor says we will have a second special session to deal with expanded casino […]

May 16, 2012

Vote on tax hike was close in House

The vote on a bill that will raise the income tax rate on Maryland’s wealthiest residents was tight in the House of Delegates. Republicans voted against the bill because they did not support taking more money from residents who tend to be small business owners. Some Democrats, including a large contingent from Montgomery County, voted […]

May 15, 2012

Eye Opener: Day two of special session begins

The Senate did not pass the budget package in one day as it had hoped, but gave preliminary approval Monday to a pair of bills that would undo $500 million in cuts from Gov. Martin O’Malley’s fiscal 2013 budget. The Senate should pass the bills Tuesday morning, and then it’s up to the House of […]

May 14, 2012

Eye Opener: Special session starts today

The Maryland General Assembly will convene Monday morning for the first of what will likely be two special sessions this year. This one will likely end with an income tax hike on the state’s top 16 percent and a shift of teacher pensions costs to local jurisdictions. The legislature adjourned in April after enacting $500 […]

May 14, 2012

The Eye on Annapolis Podcast

With the Maryland General Assembly set to convene a special legislative session to finish the fiscal year 2013 budget, the Eye on Annapolis Podcast returns to discuss what is — and isn’t — on the schedule for this overtime meeting of the legislature. We also discuss the future of gambling in Maryland and how the […]

May 10, 2012

Eye Opener: Gambling work group to be formed

Gov. Martin O’Malley intends to solicit recommendations for a gambling work group this week, and still believes a second special session to debate expanded gambling could come in August. Next week’s special session of the General Assembly will be entirely focused on completing the budget, he said. Here’s a few other headlines around the state: […]

May 9, 2012

Miller says budget votes will be more difficult to find in House

The presiding officer of the Maryland Senate said his chamber will easily pass the budget revenue package that Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to introduce on the first day of a special session of the General Assembly. It’s the House of Delegates that will be a problem, said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert […]

May 9, 2012

Eye Opener: Session details coming today

Gov. Martin O’Malley and General Assembly leaders will discuss details of next week’s special session today in Annapolis. Lawmakers are expected to come in with a compromise in place — raising some questions about how that can be done while staying within the constraints of the state’s Open Meetings Act. Here’s a few other headlines […]

May 7, 2012

Eye Opener: Special session info coming this week

Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Friday that he will call the legislature back to Annapolis for a special session on May 14. O’Malley and the presiding officers of the General Assembly are slated to discuss details this week. While anxiously waiting for those details, here’s a few headlines around the state to get you through: The […]

May 3, 2012

Eye Opener: Special session agreement is near

Though there was no official agreement on the start of a special legislative session Wednesday, there was some other big news out of the State House. When Gov. Martin O’Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch met for breakfast last week, the trio had huevos rancheros, a Mexican […]

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