O’Malley headed to Denmark for conference
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is headed to Denmark for a conference on progressive governance. The conference in Copenhagen is scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Raquel Guillory, O’Malley’s spokeswoman, said O’Malley was scheduled to leave Wednesday evening. She says he is scheduled to return Saturday. The conference will include political leaders and policymakers from[...]
Postal Service backs down on cutting Saturday mail
WASHINGTON — The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service backed down from its cost-saving plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery, acknowledging that Congress barred a move that supporters said was essential to addressing the agency’s dire financial condition. Despite the retreat, the governing board said Wednesday that it’s not possible for the Postal Service to meet its […]
President nominates three more to NLRB
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated three candidates for full terms on the National Labor Relations Board, which has been in limbo since a federal appeals court invalidated his recess appointments to the agency. Obama urged the Senate to move swiftly in confirming the members — two Republicans and one Democrat — along […]
2013 legislative session seen as business-friendly
Fresh off what top elected officials have called the most productive General Assembly session in memory, Gov. Martin O’Malley and the legislature’s presiding officers met Tuesday to celebrate the passage of numerous bills they say will spur economic development in Maryland.
U.S. Rep. Edwards to donate portion of pay to charity
WASHINGTON — Maryland U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards says her staff has taken a 2 percent pay cut to avoid anyone being furloughed as a result of government-wide spending cuts, and she’ll donate an equivalent part of her salary to charity. The Washington Post reports the Democrat made the announcement Thursday. She says her donations will […]
Official: Obama proposes cuts to Social Security
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s proposed budget will call for reductions in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs while still insisting on more taxes from the wealthy in a renewed attempt to strike a broad deficit-cutting deal with Republicans. The proposal aims for a compromise on the Fiscal 2014 budget by combining […]
U.S. is halfway to Obama 5-year export-doubling goal
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Suddenly outsourcing is on the way out and insourcing on the way in as the U.S. trudges unevenly toward President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling American exports around the world by the start of 2015. So far, export levels are about halfway to his mark. Obama set the five-year target in his […]
Unemployment aid applications jump to 385,000
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose last week by 28,000, the third straight increase. Weekly applications increased to a seasonally adjusted 385,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the highest level since late November. The gain pushed the four-week average, a less volatile measure, to 354,250. A Labor Department spokesman […]
Mount St. Mary’s University expands in Frederick
FREDERICK — An expansion at Mount St. Mary’s University will allow the Frederick campus to almost double in size and offer more programming. “We’re growing to meet the needs of the community,” said Tracy Boyd, campus communications manager. Last year, the university signed a seven-year lease — an investment of more than $3 million for […]
Adult retail establishment challenges county’s pay-first rule on appeals
An adult retail establishment in Halethorpe is taking aim at Baltimore County’s “pay first” system of challenging civil penalties for code violations. Under the rule, code violators must pay the full amount of assessed civil penalties before the Baltimore County Board of Appeals will hear the case. In the case of 5658 Southwestern Boulevard LLC, […]
Nonprofit recruits international visitors for culmination of Star-Spangled 200
The British are coming, the British are coming! And they might be joined by the Norwegians, the Portuguese, the Serbs — or dozens of other potential visitors.
Who’s paying for Sports Legends facelift designs?
Major revitalization projects on Baltimore’s east and west sides would receive a combined $10 million of state money under a capital spending plan approved by the Senate on Wednesday.