maryland en Minimum Wage Bill <p></p><p>The Senate could take up the bill as early as Friday.</p><p>The measure phases in increases over the next several years, topping out at $10.10 in July of 2018.</p><p>It also freezes the minimum wage for tipped workers at $3.63.</p><p>An employer may pay an employee who is 19 or younger 85 percent of the minimum wage for the employee's first six months.</p><p>It includes a four-year 3.5 percent mandated increase for community service providers who work with the developmentally disabled to keep their pay above minimum wage.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:08:22 +0000 Don Rush 52004 at Minimum Wage Bill GOP Gov. Candidate Takes Campaign To Rural Western Maryland <p>HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a campaign swing through western Maryland.</p><p>Hogan has appearances scheduled Monday in Oakland, Cumberland, Hagerstown and Frederick.</p><p>He says it's his first trip to the mostly rural, largely conservative region since he formally announced his candidacy in January.</p><p>Hogan's schedule includes an afternoon keynote speech at the opening of a new Allegany County Republican Party office in Cumberland.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:54:58 +0000 Don Rush 50942 at GOP Gov. Candidate Takes Campaign To Rural Western Maryland Streamlining Bail Hearings in Maryland <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some of Maryland's judges are proposing the state reduce the number of steps in the bail-setting process.</p><p>A judiciary task force recommended on Wednesday that the state bundle two separate bail hearings into a single conference before a judge. That would eliminate the role of court commissioners who currently assign initial bail.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:46:35 +0000 Don Rush 48085 at Streamlining Bail Hearings in Maryland Second Lawsuit Against Maryland's New Gun Laws <p>HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The state of Maryland faces a second challenge to a gun-control law set to take effect Tuesday.</p><p>On Friday, a collection of gun shops, firearm associations and people with pending handgun permit applications filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. They&#39;re challenging a provision requiring prospective buyers to submit their fingerprints to obtain a handgun qualification license.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:45:57 +0000 Don Rush 42082 at Second Lawsuit Against Maryland's New Gun Laws Maryland and Texas Governors Cross Swords on CNN <p>There was a face off on CNN’s Crossfire between Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Rick Perry.</p><p>The Texas Republican has been running ads criticizing Maryland’s business environment and inviting businesses to move to the Lone Star state.</p><p>Perry charged that Maryland lost 47-thosuand jobs in July while Texas created over 18-thousand.</p><p>But O’Malley fired back noting that the state tops the nation for median income while Texas comes in at 25<sup>th</sup>.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:06:12 +0000 Don Rush 41442 at Maryland and Texas Governors Cross Swords on CNN Doug Gansler To Kick Off Campaign, Anthony Brown Formally Files <p><strong>Gansler</strong></p><p>SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is announcing plans to officially launch his run for governor.</p><p>Gansler's campaign announced Thursday he will start a statewide tour beginning on Sept. 24 with events in Rockville, Ellicott City and Baltimore.</p><p>After that, he will be making stops all around the state.</p><p>Gansler will be in southern Maryland on Sept. 25. He then heads to western Maryland the day after that. He also will be campaigning on the Eastern Shore on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:02:14 +0000 Don Rush 41097 at Doug Gansler To Kick Off Campaign, Anthony Brown Formally Files Gun Control Vote Set in Maryland House of Delegates <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on a gun-control measure.</p><p>The House is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday.</p><p>Democratic lawmakers defeated Republican efforts to weaken the measure Tuesday night.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:06:24 +0000 Don Rush 31828 at Gun Control Vote Set in Maryland House of Delegates MD. Lt. Gov. Outlines Health Exchange Under Obamacare <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be outlining the latest steps in Maryland to implement federal health care reform.</p><p>Brown is scheduled to testify Wednesday on legislation before a House panel and a Senate committee.</p><p>The measure includes an expansion of Medicaid. It also creates a dedicated funding stream for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange from the existing premium tax on health insurers.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:41:04 +0000 Don Rush 29099 at MD. Lt. Gov. Outlines Health Exchange Under Obamacare Gambling Interests Bet Big on Maryland Ballot Measure <P>OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - The onslaught of ads over gambling expansion has been like no other in a Maryland political year.</P> <P>Gambling companies have spent more than $50 million so far for and against the question of allowing table games such as blackjack and a casino near the nation's capital. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:17:48 +0000 Don Rush 23373 at Gambling Interests Bet Big on Maryland Ballot Measure Sales Tax Holiday For Back-to-School Shoppinig <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Shoppers in Maryland are taking advantage of the state&#39;s week long sales tax holiday.</p><p>Through Saturday, purchases of qualifying clothes and shoes for $100 or less are exempt from the state&#39;s 6 percent sales tax. The sales tax holiday is meant to encourage families to do their back-to-school shopping at Maryland stores.</p><p>On Sunday, the first day of the holiday, shoppers arrived at state malls and other retail outlets in large numbers.</p><p>In past years, Maryland retailers have reported a jump in sales during the tax holiday.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:09:37 +0000 Don Rush 18833 at Sales Tax Holiday For Back-to-School Shoppinig Maryland Has Highest Foreclosure Rate in Nation <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - The rate of new foreclosure filings in Maryland topped that of any other state this spring.</p><p>The <a href="">Baltimore Sun</a> reports that the spike can be attributed in large part to a national settlement with the country&#39;s five largest mortgage servicers that led to a flood of new cases.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:20:21 +0000 Don Rush 18662 at Maryland Has Highest Foreclosure Rate in Nation Delaware & Maryland: In Top 20 States for Power Pollution <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland and Delaware are among the nation&#39;s top 20 power plant polluters, according to new rankings by the Natural Resources Defense Council.</p><p>Maryland ranked 19th in the rankings released Thursday, an improvement from fifth place the year before. Delaware rose one spot from 21st the year before to make it onto the top 20 list.</p><p>The new rankings are based on 2010 figures, and the NRDC says new standards imposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency mean power plant pollution should drop over the next few years.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:26:17 +0000 Don Rush 18543 at Delaware & Maryland: In Top 20 States for Power Pollution MD Special Session on Gambling Expansion Opens Today <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers and casino owners are reviewing Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley&#39;s 55-page measure to expand gambling on the eve of a special session.</p><p>O&#39;Malley, for his part, said Wednesday the bill will increase state revenue and jobs. He also says he&#39;s &quot;so sick of this issue&quot; and wants to settle it. The Senate wil convene the special session Thursday.</p><p>The gambling proposals would allow table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George&#39;s County that could open in 2016.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:45:55 +0000 Don Rush 18523 at MD Special Session on Gambling Expansion Opens Today MD Mortality Holds Record Low Since 2010 <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland&#39;s infant mortality rate has been at a record low for two years straight.</p><p>Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley announced on Wednesday that the infant mortality rate was 6.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2010 and 2011.</p><p>O&#39;Malley attributes the decline to an expansion of health care access to young women and parents. He also says safer sleep practices have played a role.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:49:13 +0000 Don Rush 18516 at MD Mortality Holds Record Low Since 2010 Drought Hits Maryland Hard <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - More than half of Maryland is in a moderate drought and more than 28 percent is in a severe drought.</p><p>That&#39;s according to figures from the U.S. Drought Monitor. The figures show 51.45 percent of the state in moderate drought, down from 52.44 percent the week before. And 28.55 percent of the state is in severe drought, up sharply from 19.93 percent the week before.</p><p>The most severely affected areas are on the lower Eastern Shore and southern Maryland with the least affected areas along the Pennsylvania border in central Maryland.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 15:21:03 +0000 Don Rush 18066 at Maryland Will Push Ahead With Reforms Despite US Court Decision On Health Care <p>Whatever the US Supreme Court decides about the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform Act today the state of Maryland plans to push ahead with the reforms.</p><p>Those could include a state-run health insurance exchange even if that provision is struck down by the High Court.</p><p>Governor Martin O&rsquo;Malley told reporters to expect Maryland to be in the forefront of health care reform if left with going on a state-by-state basis.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:56:50 +0000 Don Rush 15784 at Experts to Testify In Annapolis About Gambling Expansion <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A work group of lawmakers and aides to&nbsp;Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley that is studying a potential expansion of gambling in Maryland&nbsp;is scheduled to hear from analysts who have been looking at the proposals.</p><p>The meeting is set for Tuesday in Annapolis.</p><p>Lawmakers will hear from analysts from PricewaterhouseCoopers. They&#39;ll talk about their findings on a potential gambling&nbsp;expansion.</p><p>O&#39;Malley has said he will call a special session next month to take up the expansion, if lawmakers can reach a consensus on how to do that.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:25:30 +0000 Don Rush 14717 at Free Fishing In Maryland This Saturday <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is offering free fishing days this summer to encourage residents to enjoy the state&#39;s waterways.</p><p>Saturday is the second of three free fishing days. The first was last Saturday and the third is July 4.</p><p>Fishing licenses, stamps or registration are not required&nbsp;Saturday, but anglers must still abide by catch and size limits.</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 12:15:25 +0000 Don Rush 14497 at Maryland Property Tax Rate Holds Steady <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland&#39;s property tax will hold stead for now, but Comptroller Peter Franchot is warning about rising debt service obligations in upcoming years.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Board of Public Works on Wednesday held the state property tax to 11.2 cents per $100 of assessed property value.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But Franchot noted that debt service obligations will increase in the next several years to $1.4 billion. He says it&#39;s important the state keep that in mind.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:00:09 +0000 Don Rush 11554 at Primary Day Comes to Maryland <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican presidential candidates are vying for 37 delegates in Maryland&#39;s primary, with Mitt Romney expected to fare well in a state that&#39;s home to many moderate GOP members.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Candidates have been making campaign appearances in the state in advance of Tuesday&#39;s primary. Maryland is getting a rare moment in the Republican spotlight because of a nominating contest that has extended into April.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:08:20 +0000 Don Rush 10714 at Gingrich Makes Campaign Stops on Delmarva <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is scheduled to speak at Salisbury University this afternoon from 3-4 at Holloway Hall.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The former House Speaker &lsquo;s speech is sponsored by the Salisbury University College Republicans and is limited to the campus community with attendees required to have a school ID.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;This morning Gingrich was scheduled to stop off at the Maryland State House in Annapolis with a walk down mainstreet.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:06:22 +0000 Don Rush 10301 at Fewer Taxpayers Affected by Proposed Tax Hike in Maryland <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Far fewer taxpayers would be affected by an income tax increase under a House panel&#39;s plan then one approved by the state Senate.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The House Ways and Means Committee on Monday voted to raise taxes on single filers who make more than $100,000. Their rate would go from 4.75 percent to 5 percent. Joint filers would have to earn more than $150,000 for their rate to go up that much.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:00:37 +0000 Don Rush 9879 at Maryland Pays a High Price for Slot Machines <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is paying more than double for each slot machine that officials acquired to fill the state&#39;s first three casinos.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; An analysis by The Washington Post found the state is paying about $10,000 per machine per year. At the current rate, the paper says the state could spend $50 million a year more than projected by the time all five privately owned casinos are open.</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:33:52 +0000 Don Rush 9688 at Doomsday Budget To Be Heard in Annapolis <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It&#39;s going to be a &quot;doomsday&quot; kind of a morning for the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Analysts with the state&#39;s nonpartisan Department of Legislative Services plan to give the panel a briefing on the so-called &quot;doomsday&quot; budget plan Tuesday morning in Annapolis.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 14:41:19 +0000 Don Rush 9019 at Gay Marriage Bill Signed by Governor In Maryland <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maryland has become the&nbsp;eighth state to legalize same sex marriage.</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 14:33:48 +0000 Don Rush 8820 at Gay Marriage Vote Delayed in Maryland State Senate <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is delaying debate on a bill to legalize gay marriage.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Republican leaders asked that discussion of the bill and potential amendments be postponed until Thursday.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate could&nbsp;gather into the evening that day to consider the bill, which barely passed the House of Delegates last week. Debate could continue Friday before a final vote is taken.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:12:28 +0000 Don Rush 8274 at Table Games Could Be Coming To Maryland Under Legislation to be Heard in Annapolis <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate committee will hold a hearing on a measure to expand gambling in Maryland.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is scheduled to discuss the bill that would pave the way for table games like blackjack. The measure also would allow a casino to be built in Prince George&#39;s County.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Even if General Assembly approves, Maryland voters would have a say on table games and a new casino location in a statewide referendum.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:43:07 +0000 Don Rush 8257 at Bill to Stall Implementation of Bay Restoration Rules Heard in Annapolis <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland agriculture and environmental officials are opposing a bill to prohibit additional bay restoration regulations on farmers until other states in the watershed catch up to their pollution reductions.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:28:48 +0000 Don Rush 8256 at Maryland Lawmakers Still Looking for Revenue from Casinos <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are still waiting for the big payout from the Legislature&#39;s gamble more than four years ago on legalized slot machines.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To truly hit the jackpot, some lawmakers believe the state must expand state-approved gambling further. They say table games and a Washington-area casino are needed to compete with neighboring states and generate the dollars needed for education and other needs. Much of the competition comes from venues in Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:07:44 +0000 Don Rush 8141 at Maryland Gay Marriage Supporters Willing to Accept Amendments <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Md. delegates say they are prepared to consider handfuls of amendments to a bill designed to legalize gay marriage.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The House of Delegates voted Thursday evening to delay debate on the measure until Friday afternoon after two committees review submitted amendments.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The body did add one amendment to the bill Thursday evening,altering the effective date of the bill from October to January 2013.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:25:29 +0000 Don Rush 8008 at