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Apr 6, 2012

Hiring slows amid uncertainty about economy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. job market slowed in March as companies hit the brakes on hiring amid uncertainty about the economy’s growth prospects. The unemployment rate dipped, but mostly because more Americans stopped looking for work. The Labor Department said Friday that the economy added 120,000 jobs in March, down from more than 200,000 in […]

Apr 5, 2012

House passes $1.1B capital budget

ANNAPOLIS — With tempers flaring, the Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday approved authorizing $1.1 billion in borrowing for the state’s capital budget. The House passed the bill on a 97-41 vote, mostly along party lines. The capital budget, which pays for infrastructure projects, accelerates borrowing in an effort to spur construction work and create […]

Apr 4, 2012

Republicans try to shut down talk of becoming VP

WASHINGTON — Republicans considered to be up-and-comers are scrambling to declare a lack of interest in becoming Mitt Romney’s running mate. With the former Massachusetts governor poised to win the GOP nomination in June, if not earlier, some of the focus has shifted to possible choices for the No. 2 spot on the ticket. But […]

Apr 4, 2012

Bartlett survives GOP primary challenge, will face Delaney in fall

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett defeated seven Republican primary challengers Tuesday and will face Democratic businessman John Delaney in the fall in what is expected to be a hotly contested House race. Preliminary election results show Bartlett with 44 percent of the vote with 87 percent of precincts reporting. State Sen. David Brinkley was […]

Apr 3, 2012

Bongino wins Senate GOP primary, to face Cardin

ANNAPOLIS — Former U.S. Secret Service agent Daniel Bongino won the Republican nomination for Senate in Maryland on Tuesday night, and he will face Democratic incumbent Sen. Benjamin Cardin in the general election. Bongino highlighted the need for reducing tax rates during his campaign and simplifying the tax code, which he contends has become riddled with […]

Apr 3, 2012

Senate primary has two crowded fields

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s Democratic and Republican Senate primaries are crowded this year with eight Democrats hoping to upset a popular and well-funded Democratic incumbent Tuesday. For the GOP, there are 10 candidates hoping to win the nomination, including a former U.S. Secret Service agent and a former Bush administration official. Democratic incumbent Sen. Benjamin Cardin […]

Apr 3, 2012

Republican candidates vie for Md.’s 37 delegates in primary

ANNAPOLIS — Republican presidential candidates are vying for 37 delegates in Maryland’s primary, with Mitt Romney expected to fare well in a state that’s home to many moderate GOP members. Candidates have been making campaign appearances in the state in advance of Tuesday’s primary. Maryland is getting a rare moment in the Republican spotlight because […]

Mar 29, 2012

Supreme Court takes health care case behind closed doors

WASHINGTON — The survival of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul rests with a Supreme Court seemingly split over ideology and, more particularly, in the hands of two Republican-appointed justices. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy put tough questions to administration lawyers defending the health care law during three days of arguments that […]

Mar 26, 2012

Justices ready to move to heart of health case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court plunged into debate Monday on the fate of the Obama administration’s overhaul of the nation’s health care system, and the justices gave every indication they will not allow an obscure tax law to derail the case. A decision is expected by late June, in the midst of a presidential election […]

Mar 23, 2012

House of Delegates passes budget package

ANNAPOLIS — The House of Delegates has approved a package of budget measures, including an income tax increase for people who make more than $100,000. The House also voted Friday to double the state’s “flush tax” on sewer bills from $30 a year to $60. The income tax increase would go up a quarter of […]

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 […]

Mar 6, 2012

Highway bill fails to clear hurdle in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are under pressure to find a way to keep federal aid flowing to highway and transit programs beyond the end of this month after a transportation bill failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate. The government’s power to spend federal Highway Trust Fund money on transportation programs and to levy […]

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