Politics

  • Hogan signs Metro funding, Amazon incentive package bills in North Bethesda

    Gov. Larry Hogan signed an Amazon incentive package bill and legislation calling for dedicated funding for Metro into law Wednesday at a ceremony featuring state legislative leaders in North Bethesda. The bill signing, which took place at The Music Center at Strathmore, marks the formal approval of the bills. The Amazon package will provide between $3 billion to $5.5 billion in tax incentives to the company if it chooses Montgomery County as the site of its second headquarters. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Democratic gubernatorial candidates differ on Amazon incentives, legalizing recreational marijuana use

    The seven Democratic candidates for governor varied in their responses when asked whether they support the tax incentive package the state has offered Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Montgomery County, with some saying Gov. Larry Hogan created a bad offer on behalf of the state. The candidates also discussed whether they’d support legalizing recreational marijuana use at a forum Tuesday night at the Silver Spring Civic Center. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County Executive candidates square off on economic development, schools and crime

    Kevin Kamenetz isn't running for Baltimore County Executive anymore. The two-term Democratic county leader is busy running for governor. But his presence was very much felt at a forum hosted by the chambers of commerce in Baltimore County at the Delta Hotel in Hunt Valley on Wednesday. Several of the seven candidates running for the post didn't take shots at each other. Instead, they talked about how they would differ from Kamenetz and make some big changes if they take office, especially when it comes to economic development, public schools and crime. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Sessions tells Van Hollen he'll reconsider Baltimore's application for federal anti-violence funds

    Sen. Chris Van Hollen secured a promise from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday to reconsider why Baltimore was excluded from a multimillion-dollar federal grant program aimed at cities struggling with violent crime. Sessions made the concession while testifying on the Justice Department budget at a hearing of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, is a member of the subcommittee. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Joseph (Jay) A. Schwartz, III: Senate Bill 30 ‒ The Pundits and Perhaps the Most Extraordinary Vote In General Assembly History

    The just concluded General Assembly Session was one that none of the pundits saw coming. So they said: It is an election year; there will be a lot of bills filed but nothing of substance will be enacted; partisan wrangling will be the order of the day; blah, blah, blah.Read Full Article

  • Tami Howie: Protecting Innovation Protects Patients and Our Economy

    Innovation is at the heart of Maryland’s economy and the wellbeing of patients in our state. New, groundbreaking cures and treatments save and extend the lives of patients, pushing the bounds of modern medicine, for the benefit of all. Innovative companies are able to leverage Maryland’s combination of technology know-how, business-friendly climate, and highly-educated, highly-skilled workforce to produce these cures and provide hundreds of thousands of Marylanders with well-paying jobs.Read Full Article

  • ERIC DEAN: Promote Policies that Nurture Innovation and Jobs to Produce Cures

    The Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association (PILMA), a coalition of companies in the biopharmaceutical industry and building construction trades unions, is committed to dual goals of fostering innovation of life-saving cures and securing high-quality union construction jobs. Read Full Article

  • Tami Howie: Only Congress Can Regulate the Internet

    It’s a no-brainer to support protecting the rights of consumers to unfettered access to the wide-ranging services and sites offered on the internet. But, similarly, states like Maryland must ensure that the robust internet infrastructure that fuels our digital economy continues to advance and make Maryland an attractive place to do business.Read Full Article

Business

  • Maryland's $33.5 million settlement with Volkswagen in emission scandal could boost port of Baltimore

    The state of Maryland’s $33.5 million deal with Volkswagen to settle claims that the German automaker polluted the air by bypassing emissions controls in its diesel cars also could bring its vehicles back to the port of Baltimore. Under the settlement announced Wednesday, Volkswagen must pay a $29 million civil penalty and enter into a five-year contract with a public or private auto terminal in the state to handle Volkswagens or pay an additional $4.5 million. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Hogan, other officials expected to attend June 21 groundbreaking for Marriott headquarters

    A June 21 groundbreaking ceremony will mark the beginning of construction on the Marriott International headquarters in downtown Bethesda. Gov. Larry Hogan and other state and local officials are expected to attend the invitation-only event, celebrating the project to build the hotel company’s $600 million campus, a project spokeswoman said. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Union Craft Brewing has an opening date for its new home at Union Collective

    One of the most anticipated openings on Baltimore's beer scene has set a date. Union Craft Brewing will officially open its doors at the Union Collective complex in Medfield on July 28, the brewery announced Wednesday. Union is anchoring the 138,000-square-foot redevelopment project, which will be home to a half-dozen other local businesses, including ice cream shop The Charmery, Huckle's Hot Sauce, Well Crafted Kitchen and Vent Coffee Roasters. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • T. Rowe Price profit swells, thanks in part to tax reform

    T. Rowe Price Group’s earnings surged 17.6 percent in the first quarter of 2018 to $453.7 million, driven partly by the big reduction in corporate tax rate. The Baltimore-based investment management firm’s effective tax rate fell to 24.1 percent from 37.1 percent under President Donald Trump’s tax reform. In the January-to-March period of 2017, T. Rowe Price earned $385.9 million. Per share earnings swelled to $1.77 per share from $1.54. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Muse asks Alsobrooks to investigate Maxwell, which she calls ‘political tomfoolery’

    Maryland state Sen. C. Anthony Muse is asking the Prince George’s state’s attorney — one of his rivals in the race for county executive to investigate schools chief Kevin Maxwell, a request the county’s top prosecutor called inappropriate and ­“political tomfoolery.” State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) said Muse presented no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Maxwell in a letter sent to her office Wednesday and an appeal made Tuesday night on social media. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Kirwan education commission back to work on most politically sensitive task — how much it will cost

    The education commission that met in relative obscurity for 16 months now faces the challenge of deciding what it will take and how much it will cost to implement its lofty goals of change and improvement for Maryland public schools. The Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education has become a key talking point in the 2018 election campaign, and on Thursday it picks up its work where it left off in January for the legislative session. (Md. Reporter) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County schools negotiating with teachers for longer high school day to avoid extending school year

    Baltimore County’s teachers and administrators have begun negotiations to add more instructional time per day to the high school schedule, following a decision by the state school board to exempt the county this year from the law that requires students to be in class for a certain number of hours each year. The state school board ruled Tuesday that the county’s high schoolers won’t have to make up eight hours of instructional time they lost this year to bad weather, on the condition that the county rework its high school schedule to lengthen the time students are in class each day. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • MCPS teachers, principals to see salaries climb over next two years

    The Board of Education on Tuesday night agreed to salary increases for teachers, administrators and support staff in Montgomery County Public Schools over the next two years. The agreements reached with the trio of labor unions that represent MCPS employees will cost the school system $130.3 million in total, but Superintendent Jack Smith said the district’s workforce is worth the investment. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Report: Baltimore County needs to improve emergency response to mental health situations

    Baltimore County could make significant improvements to how it responds to emergency situations involving people with mental health issues, including hiring more crisis counselors and expanding training for police officers and 911 call-takers, an outside group says in a new report. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ordered an independent review of how police and first responders handle mental health calls after a series of incidents involving subjects with mental illness, including the police shooting death of Korryn Gaines in her Randallstown apartment in 2016. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • BGE unveils TED, Mr. Trash Wheel's cousin, in South Baltimore

    Mr. Trash Wheel has a new relative in South Baltimore. "TED," short for Trash Elimination Device, was formally introduced Wednesday on Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s Spring Gardens campus. The trash-collection device was designed by Pasadena-based Clearwater Mills LLC, creators of the Inner Harbor's Mr. Trash Wheel and the rest of the Trash Wheel family, which includes Professor Trash Wheel in Canton and Captain Trash Wheel in Masonville Cove. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • $1.9 million settlement reached after death during confrontation with off-duty deputies

    The family of Ethan Saylor, a man with Down syndrome who died after a confrontation with off-duty Frederick County sheriff's deputies in 2013, will receive $1.9 million in a settlement reached earlier this month. Saylor, who was 26, tried to enter a second screening of “Zero Dark Thirty” at the Westview Promenade movie theater on Jan. 12, 2013, without buying another ticket. The three deputies, who were working as security on behalf of Hill Management Services at the time, tried to remove Saylor and a struggle ensued. Saylor suffered a fractured larynx during the encounter and died of asphyxia, according to autopsy reports. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • Maryland still on the bottom of hospital ranking list

    When it comes to preventing things like infections and accidents, how well does your hospital do? A public service group called Leapfrog has released its latest report card of hospital grades and Maryland is toward the bottom of the pack. Our state did do slightly better this time than the last round of rankings which was in the fall, but we're still in the bottom five of the national list. (WMAR-TV) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Pugh's war on corner stores

    Mayor Catherine Pugh raised a lot of eyebrows around town when she targeted businesses for criticism during a West Baltimore photo-op on Tuesday. While touring the area around the intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues with an entourage of police, city officials and reporters, she insisted to the cashier of one corner store that he should close at 9 p.m. rather than 11:30 at night. At another, she called for the Health Department to move up its next inspection date. She told the owner of another that he needed new rugs and called his store a “hell hole.” (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Bobby Zirkin: Md. legislation focuses on violent repeat offenders

    Let these numbers sink in: 343 murders, 1,000-plus non-fatal shootings, one year: 2017. My friend’s family was a part of those statistics; his 5-year-old grandson was shot to death last year, just one of the 343. Let that number sink in too: 5 years old. Now, look at just this month: 29 murders in three weeks of April 2018. Baltimore is the most violent city in the entire nation — not exactly what we would like to be known for. This is an emergency of epic proportions. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Katherine Tracy: Md. must prioritize worker health and safety

    With Gov. Larry Hogan's focus on putting Marylanders to work and ensuring our state is "open for business," worker health and safety should be a top priority. But when it comes to protecting the health and safety of the 2.5 million workers across our state, the main cop on the beat, the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) division, is exhibiting lackluster performance. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Morgan Pardue-Kim and Gilby Kim: Columbia neighborhood centers key to city's values

    Our family was shocked at the news that the Board of Directors at the Columbia Association (CA), the managing organization of Columbia, Md., had received a proposal to close more than half of all neighborhood centers. This news only came to our attention because our oldest son attends a preschool in one of those neighborhood centers. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article