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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to file that he has more than $9 million in campaign funds for his re-election bid.

A campaign memo says the Republican's ticket has raised more than $5.4 million over the past year. Campaigns have a midnight Wednesday deadline to file fundraising reports.

Some Democrats in a crowded primary are reporting significantly less than that. Still, they are reporting amounts competitive with each other for the June primary.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democrats in charge of Maryland's legislature are telling President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Washington that "enough is enough."

They urged them Wednesday to reach a budget agreement to avoid a federal government shutdown.

In a letter Wednesday, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said they were speaking "on behalf of a state that is exhausted from being whipsawed by the inaction in Washington, D.C."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland senators have publicly argued over a decision by the legislature's top leaders to skip the governor's breakfast on the state's budget.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced Wednesday in the Senate that leading Democrats didn't feel they needed to attend, because Gov. Larry Hogan already briefed certain people and announced highlights at a news conference Tuesday.

Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings, the Senate minority leader, says the state has big issues before it and "not having some people there made it a little tougher."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The recent federal tax overhaul probably means Virginia will collect more state tax revenue - but from whom and how much are still unknown.

Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne told lawmakers Wednesday that the impact of the federal tax changes is so complicated that the state needs an outside consultant and a couple more months to figure it all out.

The changes affect taxes incurred this year but possibly paid next year.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to put central Hockessin on its Superfund list after a toxic chemical plume was found under the streets of the city.

The plume is believed to be the likely source for the pollutant PCE found in the wells that supply drinking water for the area.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state regulators stress that the water provided by the Artesian Resources Corporation is safe but they do not have the funds to rid the underground aquifer of the pollutant.


There’s good news from the wastewater treatment plant in Salisbury.

It’s working.

Mayor Jake Day said that levels of nitrogen and phosphorus over the last two months have dropped more sharply than the current permit allows.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Day said these results come despite the fact that some parts of the plant have not yet come on line.

The plant has undergone some $52 million in upgrades after failing to meet environmental requirements since 2005.

Upgrades to the plant are expected to be completed by May.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Chelsea Manning's bid for U.S. Senate threatens to upend the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary.

Political analysts say Manning's high profile will prevent two-term Sen. Ben Cardin from essentially ignoring his primary challenger in the heavily Democratic state.

Cardin won the seat in an open race in 2006 and hasn't faced a serious threat since.

Cardin said Tuesday in Baltimore that he looks forward to a strong campaign featuring Manning or anyone else.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats who control the General Assembly have outlined plans to respond to the federal tax overhaul.

Leading lawmakers on Tuesday talked about three measures they plan to make a priority this session to return taxes to residents.

Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch says the federal tax overhaul "takes away $680 million in exemptions for Marylanders." He says lawmakers will make a priority of mitigating that.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is providing some highlights of his budget proposal.

Hogan said Tuesday it will include about $6.5 billion for K-12 education, a record amount for the state.

Hogan says every single school system in Maryland will see increased funding. The governor says the state is investing an additional $365 million more in school construction, bringing the total to $1.4 billion.

The budget also contains $1.38 billion for the University of Maryland, an increase over last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Environmental groups in Maryland are getting bipartisan support in their opposition to allowing offshore drilling off the state's coast.

Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, and a leading environmental official in Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration, attended a news conference opposing the idea Tuesday before an open house was held by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.