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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure that would have shifted oversight for school construction away from the Board of Public Works.

It would have created a new commission that would have been made up of appointees from the Republican governor and the two Democratic Legislative leaders.

The Salisbury Daily Times report that Delegate Maggie McIntosh added amendment to a bill that would provide $400 million for annual public school construction.

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There's legislation moving through the Maryland State Legislature that would move responsibility for overseeing school construction funding from the Board of Public Work to a commission appointed by the governor and top legislative leaders. Governor Larry Hogan who is a member of the Board has threatened to veto the measure. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Comptroller Peter Franchot who also sits on the Board and is a sharp critic of the legislation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved a measure to change how school-construction funding decisions are made.

The Senate voted 29-14 Thursday for the bill, which Gov. Larry Hogan has pledged to veto. The House passed the bill earlier this week 92-48.

The measure carried both chambers with enough votes to override a veto.

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Legislation to lift restrictions on craft beer in Maryland failed to get out of committee in Annapolis this session. It has become a signature issue for Comptroller Peter Franchot who put together a task force to develop recommendations to ease restrictions in the industry. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught upw with the Comptroller to talk about the legislation's failure and what he expects in next year's session.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A bill introduced by two Maryland delegates seeks to roll back how much beer small breweries in the state can serve in their taprooms while allowing larger facilities to maintain existing limits.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Maryland Dels. Talmadge Branch and Dereck Davis introduced House Bill 1052.

The bill calls for reducing annual limits from the existing 2,000 barrels to 500 barrels at small breweries while allowing larger facilities to continue to sell 2,000 barrels of beer. 

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It's tax time as many Marylanders are filling out their forms. But next year could be more challenging with the passage last year of the tax cut package in Washington. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot as his department kicks off the tax season.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel will consider Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to cut $68 million from the state's $43.5 billion budget.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Board of Public Works will vote on the governor's request on Wednesday.

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With Maryland state elections looming next year Republican Governor Larry Hogan is riding high with an approval rating of over 60 percent in the public opinion polls. In our final segment Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot about the prospects for his Democratic party going int0 2018.

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The nation is still reeling from images of Nazi and Klan flags during the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said he was appalled at the image and the president's response. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the the Comptroller in this first segment to talk about these events.

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It’s Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week when qualifying apparel and footwear that cost $100 or less can be purchased without paying the 6 percent sale tax.

Accessories items are not included.

But the first $40 towards a book bag or backpack is discounted.

The tax free week is aimed at giving parents a break as they prepare their children for going back to school in the fall.

The tax free week ends on Saturday.

Comptroller Peter Franchot will be stopping by Salisbury to give the program a boost.