Michael Busch http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Educators Lobby Md Lawmaker for Higher Pay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/educators-lobby-md-lawmaker-higher-pay <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County teachers are telling House Speaker Michael Busch they are overworked and underpaid as the 2014 legislative session begins.</p><p>The Capital reports Busch, a former teacher, met with the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County on Saturday.</p><p>Busch said the General Assembly provides $6.2 billion for Maryland schools, making them some of the best funded in the nation.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:53:29 +0000 Don Rush 47584 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Educators Lobby Md Lawmaker for Higher Pay Marijuana Legalization Topped Issues at This Year's Annual Annapolis Summit http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/marijuana-legalization-topped-issues-years-annual-annapolis-summit <p>With the opening of the General Assembly in Annapolis this week, expect the issue of marijuana to make a fuss with the possibility of decriminalization as Governor Martin O'Malley expresses his opposition to such a move. The legislature's two top leaders and the Governor hashed out issues with Marc Steiner during his annual Annapolis Summit this week.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:18:59 +0000 Don Rush 47407 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Marijuana Legalization Topped Issues at This Year's Annual Annapolis Summit New Md Delegate Sworn In http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-md-delegate-sworn <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - House Speaker Michael Busch has sworn in David Fraser-Hidalgo to the House of Delegates.</p><p>The speaker swore in Fraser-Hidalgo on Monday in the House chamber in Annapolis.</p><p>The new delegate will represent District 15 in Montgomery County. He replaces Brian Feldman, who was appointed to the state Senate last month.</p><p>Fraser-Hidalgo was a Montgomery County police officer before moving to the private sector. He currently works as area sales director for Regus, a global provider of small and midsize business support.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:34:32 +0000 Don Rush 43333 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Md Delegate Sworn In Anthony Brown To Get Endorsement by Top Md Legislator http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/anthony-brown-get-endorsement-top-md-legislator <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for House Speaker Michael Busch says he will be endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown&#39;s bid to be the next governor of Maryland.</p><p>Alexandra Hughes said the speaker will announce his endorsement on Thursday in Annapolis.</p><p>Brown, a Democrat, served in the House of Delegates before Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley chose him to be his running mate in 2005. Brown served two terms representing Prince George&#39;s County, and he rose to the position of majority whip in the chamber.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:46:23 +0000 Don Rush 42691 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Anthony Brown To Get Endorsement by Top Md Legislator Governor O'Malley Meets With Top MD Lawmakers on Transportation Funding http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/governor-omalley-meets-top-md-lawmakers-transportation-funding <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has met with the Legislature's top lawmakers to talk about transportation funding issues.</p><p>The governor met Thursday with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, and House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel.</p><p>O'Malley says they're still searching for a consensus on how to raise money to address a backlog of transportation projects.</p><p>Matt Gallagher, O'Malley's chief of staff, says the discussion was constructive, and discussions are still ongoing.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:23:41 +0000 Don Rush 30012 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Governor O'Malley Meets With Top MD Lawmakers on Transportation Funding MD Gov. Hints at Tax Hike for Transportation Fund http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-gov-hints-tax-hike-transportation-fund <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P>During an appearance at&nbsp;Marc Steiner's Annual&nbsp;Summit in Annapolis, Governor Martin O'Malley made it clear he would be&nbsp;seeking new revenue to shore up the&nbsp;transportation fund due to run out of money for new projects by 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp;Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared report on the summit and the governor's plans.</P> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:28:52 +0000 Don Rush 27268 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Gov. Hints at Tax Hike for Transportation Fund Internet Gambling Could Be Considered Next Week in Annapolis http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/internet-gambling-could-be-considered-next-week-annapolis-0 <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch says the possibility of developing Internet gambling in the state will be under consideration in a special session next week.</p><p>The speaker briefly noted the possibility in a memo sent to members of the House of Delegates on Wednesday evening.</p><p>Busch, D-Anne Arundel, noted that an important component of the special session will be to ensure Maryland has a sustainable gambling program that is competitive with surrounding mid-Atlantic states.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 16:14:31 +0000 Don Rush 17989 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Internet Gambling Could Be Considered Next Week in Annapolis Annapolis Takes Up Gambling Expansion in August http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/annapolis-takes-gambling-expansion-august <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley has called for a special session to expand gambling in Maryland to begin in about two weeks.</p><p>O&#39;Malley said at a news conference Friday in Annapolis with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller that the session will begin on Aug 9. O&#39;Malley says expanded gambling will create more revenue and jobs for the state.</p><p>Efforts to expand gambling in the regular session collapsed in the final hours in April. A work group that was convened last month to address the issue failed to reach a consensus.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:12:56 +0000 Don Rush 17630 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Special Session On Gambling Expansion Expected From MD Governor http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/special-session-gambling-expansion-expected-md-governor <p>ANNAPOLIS,&nbsp;Md &nbsp;(AP)&nbsp;House Speaker Michael Busch says he believes Governor Martin O&rsquo;Malley has decided to go ahead with a special legislative session to expand gambling in Maryland.</p><p>O&rsquo;Malley held a meeting with House Democrats to get them up to speed for announcement.</p><p>Busch says that he believes the Governor thinks the votes are there for legislative approval.</p><p>The session would look at adding a 6<sup>th</sup> casino site in Prince George&rsquo;s County and adding table games such as blackjack.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:04:50 +0000 Don Rush 17557 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Democratic Leaders In MD House of Delagates to Meet on Gambling Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/democratic-leaders-md-house-delagates-meet-gambling-expansion <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the Maryland House of Delegates are scheduled to discuss a push to expand gambling in Maryland.</p><p>The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis.</p><p>House Speaker Michael Busch met for about two hours on Tuesday with David Cordish, the owner of Maryland&#39;s largest casino, who does not want a casino to be allowed in Prince George&#39;s County, because he believes it will seriously hurt his business.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:55:27 +0000 Don Rush 17474 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Governor Hopeful for Solving Impasse on Gambling Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-governor-hopeful-solving-impasse-gambling-expansion <p>Governor Martin O&rsquo;Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George&rsquo;s County.</p><p>His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor&rsquo;s residence.</p><p>The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:03:15 +0000 Don Rush 17002 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Meeting of Top Maryland Officials Fails to Reach Agreement on Gambling Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/meeting-top-maryland-officials-fails-reach-agreement-gambling-expansion <p>No decision yet on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to House Speaker Michel Busch who emerged this afternoon from a meeting with Governor Martin O&rsquo;Malley and Senate President Mike Miller.</p><p>Meanwhile, Miller who supports expansion told reporters that he believe there are people need more persuading &ndash; or in his words &ndash; we need some elbow grease.</p><p>The key stumbling block is the state&rsquo;s 67 percent tax on slot machine revenue.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:15:43 +0000 Don Rush 16958 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Last Ditch Effort In Maryland to Expand Gambling This Year http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/last-ditch-effort-maryland-expand-gambling-year <p>There are some last minute efforts to revive the prospects for expanded gambling in Maryland.</p><p>Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley is set to meet with top Prince George&#39;s and Montgomery County officials as well as the Mayor of Baltimore today.</p><p>Tomorrow O&#39;Malley is set to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller.</p><p>Lawmakers have had trouble reaching an agreement on how to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George&#39;s County.</p><p>O&#39;Malley has said he will call a special session, if lawmakers can work out an agreement.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:21:03 +0000 Don Rush 16865 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Door Cracks Open In Maryland for Special Session on Gambling Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/door-cracks-open-maryland-special-session-gambling-expansion <p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; color: #333333">ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) &mdash; Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch says the door is still open for further discussion on expanding gambling in the state.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="background: white; line-height: 18pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; color: #333333">Busch spoke to reporters on Thursday, a day after a workgroup looking at the issue announced it could not reach consensus at this time.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:00:13 +0000 Don Rush 15423 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Pit Bulls on Agenda for Maryland Lawmakers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pit-bulls-agenda-maryland-lawmakers <p>Maryland legislators are gearing up to take a close look at a state court ruling that says Pit bulls are inherently dangerous.</p><p>Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch announced that they were forming a 10-member taskforce to examine the issue.</p><p>Miller said that the decision would have profound effects on dogs, dog owners, tenants and property owners.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 12:44:43 +0000 Don Rush 13955 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Special Session in Annpolis on Gambling Set for Week of July 9 http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/special-session-annpolis-gambling-set-week-july-9 <p>&nbsp;</p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland&#39;s legislative leadership has&nbsp;announced a possible date for a special session to consider the&nbsp;expansion of gambling.</p><p>Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker&nbsp;Michael Busch said Monday evening that if a work group reaches a consensus, a special session will be held the week of July 9.</p><p>The Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion will study the issue and may propose legislation that the General Assembly could consider at the special session.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 12:25:46 +0000 Don Rush 13433 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Special Session in Annapolis Considers Revenue Measures http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/special-session-annapolis-considers-revenue-measures <p>&nbsp;</p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers are heading back to Annapolis</p><p>for a three-day special session to approve a budget deal hashed out by Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley and House and Senate leaders.</p><p>The deal includes income tax increases for individuals making&nbsp;$100,000 or more and households making $150,000 or more. The&nbsp;Democratic governor says the tax hikes are necessary to avoid cuts to education and other critical services.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 12:45:36 +0000 Don Rush 12938 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Top Maryland State Leaders on Special Session to Close Budget Deficit http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/top-maryland-state-leaders-special-session-close-budget-deficit <p>&nbsp;</p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley and leading lawmakers&nbsp;are set to discuss Maryland&#39;s upcoming special legislative session.</p><p>The Democratic governor agreed to call the special session after the Democratic-led legislature failed to agree on a budget, triggering more than $500 million in cuts.</p><p>The House and Senate are expected to use the session to push through an income tax increase that would eliminate the need for the cuts, which would largely affect education and social services.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 12:47:06 +0000 Don Rush 12675 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net O'Malley Accepts Some Blame for Budget Impasse http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/omalley-accepts-some-blame-budget-impasse <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley says he accepts part of the blame for the breakdown that led to $512 million in cuts instead of new tax revenues and alternative savings in state spending.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; O&#39;Malley, who spoke on WTOP Thursday, said &quot;we all hold blame,&quot; referring to himself and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:30:40 +0000 Don Rush 11238 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net