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Sun StaffSix state legislators did not abuse their offices by contacting judges about pending redistricting lawsuits, State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli concluded in a report released yesterday. While finding no criminal misconduct, the report provides fresh...
Sun StaffOne legislative chamber sees the long-term solution to Maryland's budget crisis in the $670 million tax package it approved last week. The other believes the answer should come through legalizing slot machines, combined with a handful of more modest...
Sun StaffPro-gambling lawmakers scrambled yesterday to assemble a significant tax package that could win approval from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and free the administration's slots bill for a long-sought vote in the House of Delegates. House Democrats insisted...
Sun StaffEven as House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. awaits the final vote count in his tight Western Maryland delegate race, the leading contenders to replace him as the House of Delegates' leader are angling to secure the post. Dels. Michael E. Busch, an Anne...
Sun StaffThe Maryland Court of Appeals should name the Anne Arundel County state's attorney to investigate whether four Democratic state senators illegally tried to influence judges' decisions in a big redistricting case, state Republican Party Chairman Michael S....
Tags: Maryland, Ida G Ruben, Anne Arundel County, Crimes, Politics
Sun StaffThe Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval yesterday to a $23.6 million state budget despite complaints from Republicans that a $159 million tax package used to balance it is excessive and unnecessary. Majority Democrats fought back a Republican...
Sun StaffGeneral Assembly leaders said yesterday that they are weighing a menu of tax increases and deeper program cuts to transform a stop-gap budget fix proposed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. into a permanent solution. Lawmakers learned that the budget...
Sun StaffGov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s proposed $23.8 billion state operating budget rests on a quarter-billion dollars in shaky assumptions, including underestimated health costs and corporate tax payments that may not materialize, General Assembly budget analysts...
Sun StaffUpset over the last-minute, two-vote death of a General Assembly bill that would have extended health insurance to thousands of Marylanders, an international union is targeting state senators in Howard and Anne Arundel counties who voted against the...
Sun StaffMaryland Senate leaders are refusing to accept a House of Delegates plan for a statewide property tax cut, leading some lawmakers to question whether a budget stalemate has been artificially created so that slot machine revenue can emerge as the solution....
AS A RESULT of their political successes, Maryland Democrats hold nearly absolute power over the obscure but critically important task of redrawing legislative district lines. That process virtually guarantees continued domination of state legislative and...
Tags: Government, Maryland, Ida G Ruben, Values, Executive Branch
Sun StaffWith just four weeks left in the legislative session, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller appears to be left with few good options in his bid to wring a compromise on the slot machine gambling bill from his counterpart in the House of Delegates. House...
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