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Special Session On Gambling in Maryland

August 10, 2012


Here it is the dawg days of August, and the General Assembly is back in Special Session in Annapolis. It’s the second Special Session this year. Makes you wonder if Maryland legislators can accomplish anything at all without a Special Session. Gov. Martin O’Malley called this August session to consider the urgent issue of gambling. Specifically, […]

Snow in Ocean City; Budget Angst in State Capitals and City Halls

January 27, 2009


It’s snowing in Ocean City, Maryland, this morning, steady but not too hard. The temperature is shivering right around freezing. In Washington and New York, this is the winter of economic uncertainty. Nationwide, unemployment is spreading week by week. Unemployment may hit 10 percent by spring, which seems far away right now but really isn’t. […]

No One Is King For Life

December 11, 2007


The State Board of Education ignored the wishes of Gov. Martin O’Malley and General Assembly leaders on Tuesday, appointing Nancy Grasmick to a new four-year term as state superintendent of schools. Grasmick has been superintendent for 16 years, spanning four governors. She is said to be the longest-serving appointed state school chief in the nation. The new […]

Maryland Special Session – Leadership

November 20, 2007


The Special Session of the Maryland General Assembly put Democratic leaders to the test of breaking government gridlock in Maryland, and most of them passed. Gov. Martin O’Malley justified the decision of Maryland voters who selected him over Republican Bob Ehrlich in the 2006 election. O’Malley was still seen as the brash young upstart with a mixed […]

Maryland Special Session – Questions and Accomplishments

November 18, 2007


The three-week Special Session of the Maryland General Assembly has ended. It accomplished much, most notably raising the revenue needed to close the state’s structural budget deficit and avert drastic spending cuts. As the legislators go home for Thanksgiving, questions remain. The two big questions: Is this tax package fair and progressive? The income tax brackets […]

Maryland Special Session – The House Votes

November 11, 2007


Maryland General Assembly Special Session, Breaking News The Maryland House of Delegates passed a somewhat progressive income tax bill, 82-55, early Sunday morning. The House of Delegates also passed, 80-56, a bill to increase the sales tax, vehicle titling tax and cigarette tax. The two votes were an endorsement of the leadership of Gov. Martin O’Malley […]

Maryland Special Session – House of Delegates

November 6, 2007


Gov. Martin O’Malley and Speaker Michael Busch will have the votes to pass a tax package in the House of Delegates during the special session of the General Assembly, a package that has some resemblance to the one the governor proposed. That’s just my opinion. And I’m talking only about the tax part, including the progressive income […]

Slots in Maryland: Location, Location, Location

October 27, 2007


Many in Maryland think slot machine gambling is a good idea. As long as slots are far away from where they live. The appeal of slots is easy to understand. For people who despise taxes, gambling is the easy way out. For people who understand the need for government spending on schools, infrastructure, and public health and […]