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  • O’Malley seeks support for Maryland gas tax hike

    03/14/2012 4:45:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley will go before House and Senate committees Wednesday and ask them to raise the state’s gas tax, but he might get drowned out by the talk from constituents back in lawmakers’ home districts. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, has clung to the proposal in recent weeks even as skepticism of the plan has mounted in the face of rising gas prices and persistent objections from the public. The governor says the tax increase is a necessary investment in the state’s congested, too-long-ignored road and transit infrastructure. But with gas prices climbing toward $4 a gallon, leading...
  • Maryland’s ‘doomsday’ budget used as club

    03/07/2012 8:13:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — State budget analysts Tuesday suggested nearly $800 million in potential cuts as part of a “doomsday” budget that Senate leaders have vowed to consider if lawmakers cannot agree on a mix of cuts and revenue increases in this year’s spending plan. The analysts briefed the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on the reductions, which include cuts to education and health services, elimination of 500 state jobs and more than $300 million in cuts of local aid to counties. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said lawmakers are determined to make more aggressive cuts than those in Gov....
  • O’Malley signs Md. same-sex marriage bill

    03/02/2012 4:53:44 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 176+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the state’s same-sex marriage bill into law Thursday, making Maryland the eighth state along with the District to legalize gay marriage. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, signed the bill during a brief ceremony at the Statehouse which was attended by hundreds of supporters and lawmakers. He was joined by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, who also put their signatures to the bill. “All of us at the end of the day want the same thing for our children,” said Mr. O’Malley, who was the legislation’s lead sponsor....
  • Rising gas prices start to sink O’Malley’s tax hike

    03/02/2012 4:38:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 225+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS —Gov. Martin O'Malley’s proposal to increase the state’s gasoline tax is looking more and more far-fetched because of rising gas prices and persistent public outcry, say state lawmakers from both parties. The Democratic governor’s bill to phase in a 6 percent sales tax on gas has been met with skepticism from Republicans and moderate Democrats in the General Assembly. Now with gas prices climbing toward $4 a gallon and lawmakers focused on fine-tuning a state budget that could include several other tax increases, some legislators say they are running low on time and political will to tack on a...
  • Maryland AG : If petition is successful, marriage vote will be undone by newly appointed judges

    02/29/2012 10:13:26 AM PST · by massmike · 19 replies · 3+ views ^ | 02/29/2012 | n/a
    Calling pro-family citizens "rabid," the Maryland Attorney General told a homosexual rally in September that if "the right-wing myopic folks" win a vote to overturn the new "gay marriage" law, then the Governor's newly appointed judges will strike down the current one-man-one-woman marriage law as unconstitutional — "so we will win." That's what Douglas Gansler, Maryland's aggressively pro-homosexual Attorney General, told a rally of homosexual group Equality Maryland back on Sept. 7, 2011. As Gansler has acknowledged, "gay marriage" has been universally rejected across the country, by the will of the people. It's only been instituted by judges or legislatures,...
  • Maryland House approves same-sex marriage

    02/18/2012 5:14:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The House voted Friday night to approve Gov. Martin O'Malley’s same-sex marriage bill, sending the legislation to the Senate and clearing what was likely its most formidable legislative hurdle. The chamber voted 72-67 in favor of the bill, which would make Maryland the eighth state along with the District to pass legislation allowing gay marriage. The vote drew cheers from many visitors in the House chamber balcony and touched off a celebration among the bill’s supporters, many of whom exchanged hugs and shed tears after leaving the chamber. “It’s an amazing day here in Maryland,” said Delegate Heather...
  • EDITORIAL: Big spenders on the Chesapeake

    02/05/2012 3:09:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2012 | The Washington Times
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley may be more skilled at implementing President Obama’s agenda than the White House itself. The Democratic governor is bringing the same big-spending, high-tax and class-warfare policies to the Free State. It’s going to cost residents a bundle. Tough economic times have forced ordinary Americans to cut back in order to get by. Not so Mr. O’Malley, who spends $35.9 billion in the budget released last month. That’s up from $34.2 billion last year and $32 billion the year before that. As Maryland Business for Responsive Government points out, the general fund budget fattened 11.4 percent last...
  • McDonnell: No gas tax during recession

    02/02/2012 1:59:27 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 31, 2012 | WTOP
    WASHINGTON - A day after the governor of Maryland said he would like to institute a percentage tax on gasoline, the chief executive of Virginia said he would not seek any additional taxes during a recession, particularly on gas, despite a significant demand for more transit projects. Both states have looked to sales tax to resolve their transportation funding woes. On Monday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said he would like to do away with a ban on sales tax for gasoline, to add to its existing 23-cent flat tax. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has a different approach. "I will not...
  • Maryland needs a gas-tax hike to fund transportation needs (taxes for choo-choos)

    02/01/2012 2:40:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2012 | Editorial Board
    IN THE MAELSTROM of tax increases proposed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), it’s easy to lose track of which are most critical. For a start, it’s useful to identify which needs have been most and longest neglected — and near the top of that list is transportation. It’s been 20 years since Maryland raised its gasoline tax, the largest source of transportation funding. As construction costs have risen, the revenue it yields has plummeted in real terms. At this point, Marylanders (like Virginians, who last saw a gas tax increase when Ronald Reagan was president) are not paying for...
  • O'Malley proposes tying gas to sales tax, to alter traffic woes

    01/30/2012 9:24:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 30, 2012 | WTOP
    WASHINGTON - Many of Maryland's traffic woes would be alleviated by allowing a percentage tax on gasoline, the state's governor said Monday. While speaking on WTOP's "Ask the Governor," Martin O'Malley said he would like to "phase out" the sales tax exemption on gas, which would allow a percentage tax on the fuel in additon to the existing 23-cent flat tax. The current flat tax has not changed since the early 1990s when gasoline was about $1.08, the governor says, adding the regional arteries wouldn't be so clogged if the state had more to invest in transportation infrastructure. "The best...
  • Proposal to raise Maryland cigar tax attacked

    01/20/2012 7:23:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Maryland health advocates are lauding Gov. Martin O'Malley’s proposal to increase the state’s cigar tax, but critics say such an increase would create another financial burden for consumers and business owners. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, proposed a state budget Wednesday that would raise the 15-percent excise tax on cigars, smokeless tobacco and other noncigarette tobacco items — a group collectively known as other tobacco products (OTP) — to 70 percent. The OTP tax has gone unchanged since 1999 while the cigarette tax has gone from 36 cents to $2 a pack during that period. Health advocates argue raising...
  • Top earners would pay more under O’Malley budget (yep)

    01/19/2012 10:19:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley proposed a state budget Wednesday that would increase tax payments for the top 20 percent of Maryland wage earners, prompting criticism that the move will further burden families in difficult economic times. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, laid out a $35.9-billion spending plan that would pay for increased spending on infrastructure by raising several taxes and shifting some state costs to counties. The budget calls for an increase in the state’s so-called “flush tax,” higher taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco, and restrictions on income-tax deductions and exemptions that will cause the top 20 percent of earners...
  • O’Malley springs sales-tax surprise on assembly

    01/12/2012 8:21:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 11, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS —Gov. Martin O'Malley surprised Maryland lawmakers Wednesday by suggesting an increase in the state sales tax, jump-starting the 2012 General Assembly on what was expected to be a largely ceremonial first day. Mr. O'Malley suggested increasing the tax from 6 percent to 7 percent as an alternative to a 15-cent increase in the gas tax that has been widely discussed by legislators but poorly received by many residents. Democratic leaders have said they are likely to raise taxes this session to help pay for roads, schools and other infrastructure projects. Lawmakers last raised the sales tax during the 2007...
  • Maryland Gov. O’Malley urges $372M for school construction

    01/11/2012 10:03:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 10, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley proposed Tuesday that the state spend $372 million on new school construction next fiscal year, unveiling a key initiative in his push to increase capital spending during the 2012 General Assembly. The proposed funds would be the second-most allotted by the state and would be well above the state-recommended minimum of $250 million for annual school construction. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, will recommend the spending as part of his proposed budget, which he will introduce this month. The assembly is expected to amend and pass a budget during its 90-day regular session, which begins Wednesday. “These...
  • Maryland redistricting plan hit by blacks

    12/24/2011 11:23:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 22, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Black voters and lawmakers said Thursday that a proposed state-level redistricting map provides too few majority-black districts and would lead to continued underrepresentation of minorities in the General Assembly. The testimony was given during a public hearing held by Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, and his appointed redistricting panel, which remapped Maryland’s 47 state Senate districts to account for population changes in the past decade. The panel submitted the map last week and touted the strides it would make toward improving minority representation by increasing the number of majority-black districts from 10 to 12 and increasing the number...
  • O’Malley asked, folks responded on business

    10/27/2011 8:49:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 26, 2011 | David Hill
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley’s new jobs-creation package ranges from ordering top-ranking agency officials to review regulations to asking Marylanders for their input on making the state more business-friendly - and he’s already gotten an earful. At least 183 people have posted suggestions to a state website since Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, made the request last week. Many of the comments detail how posters became tangled in red tape while trying to start a business or apply for a job. Others offered more wide-ranging complaints about what they considered general inefficiencies in state government - such as underperforming employees, overspending and...
  • In Maryland, panel seeks 60% more in gas tax

    10/26/2011 7:50:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland commission recommended Tuesday that the state raise its gas tax by more than 60 percent over the next three years, but members acknowledged that taxpayers facing a dire economy could find the increase hard to swallow. The proposed hike, approved by the state-appointed Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding, would raise the gas tax on wholesalers by 5 cents a year for three years, from the current rate of 23.5 cents per gallon. The move could generate nearly $500 million in annual revenue and is part of $870 million in annual tax-and-fee increases recommended by...
  • Maryland House approves redistricting map

    10/20/2011 8:08:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday approved a new congressional map expected to give Democrats a better shot at winning one of state Republicans’ two congressional seats, clearing a final hurdle for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley’s stamp of approval. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the map on Tuesday, just two days into the General Assembly’s special session, held to consider the map submitted by Mr. O'Malley. Critics said it would split districts and slight minority voters to take the Western Maryland district held since 1993 by GOPRep. Roscoe G. Bartlett. Senate lawmakers must return to Annapolis on Thursday...
  • Hurricane Spinning: Maryland Gov Says Obama Speech Motivated People To Evacuate

    08/27/2011 3:10:40 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 60 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I know many people who would be prompted to flee at the prospect of an Obama speech. But were words from the World's Greatest Orator really responsible for Maryland residents threatened by Hurricane Irene to follow evacuation orders? Yes, according to Dem Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. Clearly in full federal suck-up mode, O'Malley also spoke of the "new professionalism" at FEMA and even claimed that the economy was improving. View the video here.
  • Catholic governor debates archbishop on same-sex marriage

    08/09/2011 3:26:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 9, 2011 | Diogenes
    Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has rejected an appeal from Baltimore’s Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, who urged him not to promote same-sex marriage out of “mere political expediency.” Responding to a personal letter from the archbishop, O’Malley—who is Catholic—said that he felt a moral obligation to change a law that produces an “unjust result.” Archbishop O’Brien wrote to O’Malley in July, warning him not to endorse a measure “that so deeply conflicts with your faith, not to mention the best interests of our society.” In his reply, the governor said that he has “a public obligation to try to change that injustice.”...
  • Examiner Local Editorial: O'Malley should be last of Maryland's big spenders

    07/18/2011 5:55:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Fourth in the nation for receipt of per-capita federal spending, Maryland has long enjoyed the benefits of its deep dependency on a constant inflow of federal tax dollars collected from residents of other states. But now that same dependency on the federal Treasury threatens the state's economic future. As Examiner staff writer Hayley Peterson reported Sunday, Moody's Investor Service reaffirmed Maryland's AAA bond rating earlier this month, but the credit rating agency also pointedly warned that Maryland's economy "continues to be proportionately more affected by the activities of the federal government than any other state." A June 30 report by...
  • Dem gov: To win in 2012, GOP wants to hurt economy

    07/16/2011 12:25:41 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, July 16, 2011 2:06 PM EDT | Charles Babington
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The head of the Democratic Governors Association is accusing GOP debt negotiators in Washington of trying to damage the economy so President Barack Obama will lose next year's election.
  • Getting There: Myths abound when officials talk toll increases

    06/28/2011 8:28:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 27, 2011 | Michael Dresser
    When Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. won election as governor in 2002, he was faced with a tricky problem. He had campaigned on a pledge to build the long-delayed Intercounty Connector in suburban Washington. The highway project would cost a fortune, far more than the state could afford out of its Transportation Trust Fund, and the Republican Ehrlich had taken a hard line against new taxes. He had to come up with some way to pay the $2.6 billion it would eventually cost. The answer? He would make it a toll road. And to give his policies a semblance of geographical...
  • Andrew Cuomo 2016 speculation heating up

    06/26/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT · by freespirited · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/26/11
    Of the early potential Democratic contenders, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he supports gay marriage but stopped short of making a major push for the legislation earlier in the year, while Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is opposed. Hillary Clinton, if she runs, would still have her commitment to civil unions but not gay marriage from the 2008 race hanging over her — and at least until the end of next year, when she’s said she’ll be done at the State Department, she won’t be able to make any new comments on the issue. “It gives him an authenticity and a...
  • Maryland gay-marriage foes prepare for 2012

    03/01/2011 8:40:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 28, 2011 | David Hill
    Opponents of a Maryland same-sex marriage bill are preparing for its passage in the General Assembly by directing their efforts to a referendum that would delay implementation of the measure until December 2012 at the earliest. The bill, called the Civil Marriage Protection Act, passed the state Senate on Thursday and is before the House of Delegates, where supporters say they are only a handful of votes short of the 71 needed to approve the measure. Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, has indicated that he would sign the bill. But opponents are also looking beyond the vote to a Maryland...
  • O'Malley expected to lead Democratic governors group

    12/01/2010 2:36:42 AM PST · by BobP · 6 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 1, 2010 | Annie Linskey
    [Maryland governor] Martin O'Malley is expected to be elected chairman of the Democratic Governors Association in Washington on Wednesday, a position that would give him a turn in the national spotlight. As chairman, O'Malley could fatten his list of donors with names from other states, deepen relationships with a network of emerging Democratic leaders and recruit new faces to the party. It would also afford an opportunity to install loyal staffers in key national positions. The position proved a stepping-stone for former President Bill Clinton, current Health Secretary Kathleen Sibelius and current Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, among others.
  • Now illegal aliens are "new Americans?"

    10/18/2010 5:19:43 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 18 replies
    Examiner ^ | October 18, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    On Monday, during a gubernatorial debate between current Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the subject of illegal immigration arose and Gov. O’Malley used a term that surprised even this jaded observer. When referring to the millions of illegal aliens now residing in the United States, O’Malley called them “new Americans.” Apparently, for the open borders Democrat, anyone whose first act in this country is to violate the law and disrespect our sovereignty, deserves the same status as someone who faithfully observes our immigration laws by waiting years to come here legally, and...
  • Transportation Becomes Key Issue In Race For Gov. (MD)

    08/17/2010 8:40:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    WJZ-TV ^ | August 17, 2010 | Mike Hellgren
    Governor Martin O'Malley says Maryland has to "dial up mass transit." His opponent, Bob Ehrlich, says there needs to be a better mix of road and mass transit projects and has been sharply critical of problems on MARC trains. Mike Hellgren takes a closer look at transportation and why it's creating a politically charged controversy. Governor O'Malley says Maryland just doesn't have more room for new road projects, although some are underway, including the Intercounty Connector. His push for mass transit includes the red line in Baltimore and purple line in the DC suburbs. At the center of the debate:...
  • Candidates for governor pledge not to distract drivers

    08/11/2010 8:49:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 1+ views
    WTOP ^ | August 11, 2010 | Kristi King
    BETHESDA, Md. - When candidates are vying for votes it can be hard to get them to agree on issues. But WTOP managed to get all the major candidates in the Maryland governor's race to make the same pledge: Not to distract drivers by waving campaign signs at them. This pledge comes after political volunteers created 10 miles of delays on Interstate 270 last week by waving signs from the Falls Road overpass. Some drivers were furious about the delays. Others believe roadside distractions of any kind are a hazard that can cause crashes. "We would never condone stopping traffic."...
  • O'Malley trails behind Ehrlich in Maryland

    07/04/2010 8:27:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 2, 2010 | David Sands
    Republican challenger Robert Ehrlich now leads Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley in the rematch of their 2006 gubernatorial contest, according to a new poll released Friday. Mr. Ehrlich has opened up a 3 percentage point lead over the Democratic governor in one of the nation's more liberal states, according to an automated survey of over 750 likely voters by the polling firm Magellan Strategies. It is the first poll to show the one-term former GOP governor ahead in the race. According to the Magellan poll, Mr. Ehrlich was preferred by 46 percent of state voters to 43 percent for Mr. O'Malley,...
  • Md. appeal: 'Strangle' e-mail is free speech

    11/29/2009 3:09:33 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies · 703+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 16th | Jeffrey Anderson
    When Walter Carl Abbott Jr. posted comments last year on a Maryland government Web site saying he would "strangle" Gov. Martin O'Malley, he learned there's a difference. The 45-year-old Pikesville construction worker was found guilty of threatening a public official. He is serving two years' probation for his rant against the governor, whom Mr. Abbott blames for personal financial problems that stem from business competition from illegal immigrants. ... Out back, a homemade sign leaning against his partially finished garage says: "Deport Illegals - Imprison Bush! By Order of the American People!!!"
  • MD Governor says AG is investigating ACORN video

    09/21/2009 3:08:27 PM PDT · by jeffq73 · 53 replies · 2,194+ views
    Baltimore Sun: A spokeswoman for Attorney General Doug Gansler said the probe will "involve everything," although she declined to say whether it includes the videos, which could constitute a violation of Maryland's two-party consent law. The article mentions that Gansler asked permission to initiate the investigation from Governor Martin O'Malley, whose office made the announcement via a press release. Neither O'Malley's or Gansler's website has a news release or other announcement about the ACORN probe as of yet. ACORN's spokeswoman told the Sun they "welcome" the investigation as a way to clear their name. Previously, Gansler had said the ACORN...
  • Millionaires Go Missing -- Maryland's fleeced taxpayers fight back (leave)

    05/26/2009 5:20:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 127 replies · 5,593+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 26, 2009
    ... Maryland couldn't balance its budget last year, so the state tried to close the shortfall by fleecing the wealthy. Politicians in Annapolis created a millionaire tax bracket, raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 6.25%. And because cities such as Baltimore and Bethesda also impose income taxes, the state-local tax rate can go as high as 9.45%. Governor Martin O'Malley, a dedicated class warrior, declared that these richest 0.3% of filers were "willing and able to pay their fair share." The Baltimore Sun predicted the rich would "grin and bear it." One year later, nobody's grinning. One-third of the...
  • Governor Martin O'Malley Introduces Legislation for 'Rational Reregulation' of Energy in Maryland

    03/03/2009 5:18:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 522+ views
    Office of the Governor ^ | March 2, 2009 | Governor Martin O'Malley
    ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 2, 2009) – Governor Martin O’Malley announced today the introduction of legislation that will apply a “rational reregulation” policy for energy markets in Maryland moving forward. The legislation will call for reregulation of electricity markets in Maryland moving forward when the Public Service Commission (PSC) deems it is in the best interest of consumers. “Deregulation has failed us. Today, we announce that the days of blind faith in broken, deregulated markets are over in Maryland,” said Governor O’Malley. “We will reregulate Maryland’s electricity supply going forward whenever it is in the best interests of Maryland consumers and...
  • O'Malley donor gains highway access (MD)

    06/19/2008 11:19:30 AM PDT · by JZelle · 11 replies · 204+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-19-08 | Tom LoBianco
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith this year secured more than $28 million to build a highway interchange leading to a road serving a commercial property owned by one of their largest campaign donors. Mr. O'Malley and Mr. Smith, close political allies, committed the money a few months ago to build the interchange from Interstate 795 to a road running past the $79 million business development owned by Edward St. John. Mr. St. John was recently fined $55,000 by the state prosecutors office for donating more than $25,000 through his company's vice presidents to Mr. O'Malley...
  • Residents and others lament loss of trees

    05/05/2008 6:53:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 266+ views
    The Montgomery Gazette ^ | April 30, 2008 | Melissa J. Brachfeld
    In the community of Shady Grove Woods, trees are becoming more and more scarce. Residents and other anti-Intercounty Connector activists marched through the neighborhood on Saturday, pointing out the trees that were cut down to make way for the six-lane highway. ‘‘It’s just that we didn’t have a say in it in so many ways and we’re not talking about a two-lane road, we’re talking about a major highway running through here,” resident Sam Chim said of the ICC. ‘‘We have a lot of nice, private woods back here and now we’re going to have a highway running through instead....
  • O'Malley touts 'hard work' and successes (MD)

    04/07/2008 11:35:59 AM PDT · by JZelle · 7 replies · 73+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-7-08 | Tom LoBianco
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley acknowledges that the 2008 General Assembly session has been difficult, though mostly a success, as state lawmakers prepare to finish work today. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, recently called his first 14 months as governor worthwhile but the "most unpleasant" of his political career. "We've done a lot of hard work, we've cast a lot of tough votes, and our state is better off for it," he said after a bill-signing ceremony Thursday. Members of the Democrat-controlled General Assembly on Saturday approved a $31.2 billion budget that funds most of Mr. O'Malley's initiatives. They also have...
  • O'Malley wants suspects' DNA collected (MD)

    02/14/2008 11:22:13 AM PST · by JZelle · 11 replies · 56+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-14-08 | Brian Witte
    ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley urged lawmakers to require DNA samples from people who are arrested for violent crimes and burglary, a significant expansion of current state law. Lawmakers questioned whether the proposal was too broad. Mr. O'Malley described the measure as a badly needed crime-fighting tool for Maryland. He asked lawmakers yesterday to "move to the next generation of what I like to refer to as the modern-day, next-generation fingerprint." "We are the fourth-most violent state in the union, and there's really no good reason for it," Mr. O'Malley testified. "We all need to fight back against violent...
  • Grasmick stepping down (or) stepped on? (Md Schools)

    02/04/2008 12:02:57 PM PST · by JZelle · 8 replies · 90+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-4-08 | Tom LoBianco
    Gov. Martin O'Malley is holding a press conference today at 2 p.m. with state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick. No word yet on what they will say, but there's a strong possibilty she will resign. O'Malley has made it clear he wants to oust Grasmick, whom he inherited in his first year as governor, despite a recent study showing Maryland has the fifth-best public school system in the country. The governor's dissatisfaction with Grasmick is perceived by some people as personal, considering she tried to take over Baltimore's troubled school system when O'Malley was mayor. O'Malley and Senate President Thomas...
  • Maryland's New Year Begins With Tax Increases

    01/01/2008 11:17:57 AM PST · by kinoxi · 64 replies · 314+ views (cbs) ^ | Jan 1, 2008 1:17 pm US/Easter | Adam May
    ne of a variety of tax increases taking effect in Maryland on New Year's Day could help some smokers keep their resolutions to kick the habit this year--a doubling of the cigarette tax from $1 to $2 a pack. The vehicle titling tax also is going up from 5 to 6 percent, and the corporate income tax will rise from 7 percent to 8.25 percent. Other taxes, including a jump in the sales tax from 5 to 6 percent also are going up this week.
  • Health care for 120,000 touted (MD)

    11/29/2007 11:32:18 AM PST · by JZelle · 11 replies · 49+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-29-07 | Tom LoBianco
    ANNAPOLIS — The legislation that Gov. Martin O'Malley recently signed to provide medical insurance to 120,000 Maryland residents puts the state at the forefront of national health care reform, say members of the Democrat-controlled General Assembly. However, the plan by Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, will cost taxpayers at least $283 million a year. House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Anne Arundel Democrat, said he is not sure how the state will raise the money if voters reject legalized slot-machine gambling, but "if the [slots] referendum fails, we'll get an alternative source of funding." Mr. Busch said the initiative still keeps Maryland...
  • House OKs $1.4 billion tax-reform plan [MD]

    11/12/2007 3:11:08 PM PST · by Norman Bates · 10 replies · 171+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 12, 2007 | Tom LoBianco
    ANNAPOLIS — House lawmakers passed a $1.4 billion tax plan early yesterday morning after long weekend debates in which leaders of the Democrat-controlled General Assembly scrambled to find support for the plan. The House version of Gov. Martin O'Malley's tax plan includes an increase in the sales tax, corporate income tax and restructuring of the personal income tax and a plan to spend more than $450 million on transportation projects. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, called state lawmakers back to Annapolis last month for a special Assembly session to pass his plan of tax increases and legalizing slot machines to generate...
  • Senators reshape O'Malley tax plan

    11/08/2007 11:49:59 AM PST · by JZelle · 6 replies · 83+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-8-07 | Brian Witte
    ANNAPOLIS (AP) — The Maryland Senate discussed significant changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget-shortfall plan yesterday, a day after a Senate committee made his income-tax plan less progressive and reworked a broadening of the sales tax. Senators spent the day asking questions and trying to understand the full ramifications of the complicated legislation that came before them. Among the changes by the committee were reductions in new tax brackets Mr. O'Malley proposed for Maryland's wealthiest residents. Despite the change, Mr. O'Malley said he still thinks his proposals were "moving in the right direction." The Senate committee balked at some of...
  • Health clubs sweat taxes (MD)

    10/31/2007 11:22:36 AM PDT · by JZelle · 11 replies · 63+ views
    A health club is not the place you would expect to discuss tax policy. But at Sport Fit gym in Bowie, exercisers are being asked to write their state lawmakers to oppose a proposal by Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, to expand the state sales tax to include health clubs. As the General Assembly convenes in Annapolis this week for a special session to consider Mr. O'Malley's budget plan, his proposal to expand the sales tax to services that currently aren't taxed is getting a lot of attention in certain quarters. "It's ridiculous," said Joe Bottner, who works the front...
  • O'Malley polls dip as budget flap intensifies

    10/24/2007 11:13:59 AM PDT · by JZelle · 17 replies · 58+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-24-07 | Tom LoBianco
    ANNAPOLIS — Public support for Gov. Martin O'Malley has dropped sharply since he took office in January, according to a statewide poll released yesterday. Mr. O'Malley's approval rating dropped six points, to 46 percent, and his disapproval rating increased 10 points, to 31 percent, since the last statewide poll conducted in March by Gonzales Research and Marketing. The poll results were released on the same day Mr. O'Malley outlined his "doomsday budget" proposal, which includes $1.7 billion in cuts to education, health care and other state programs. Mr. O'Malley said he would be forced to introduce the budget, which he...
  • Construction to start on Maryland's $2.4b Inter County Connector Toll Road this week

    10/15/2007 4:40:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 68+ views
    Toll Roads News ^ | October 14, 2007 | Toll Roads News
    Maryland State Highway Administrator (MdSHA) has given contractors the OK to start construction work on the first part of the 30km (18.8mi) long $2.4b InterCounty Connector (ICC) tollroad. The ICC is an east-west connector mainly located in Montgomery County about 10km (6 miles) north of the Beltway (I-495) and about 23km (14 miles) north of the White House. It goes from I-370 at present a short spur off I-270 near Gaithersburg at the western end in direction a bit south of east across upper Montgomery County to I-95 and US1 near Laurel in Prince Georges County. The route is already...
  • O'Malley's gay-union view set by audience

    10/15/2007 11:09:24 AM PDT · by JZelle · 5 replies · 88+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-15-07 | Tom LoBianco
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O"Malley has struggled to find a consistent position on homosexual "marriage" in the weeks since Maryland"s highest court upheld a ban on the unions and left further action on the issue to the General Assembly. Mr. O"Malley, a Democrat, seemed to support civil unions last week, although his stance has shifted depending on who he is talking to. "I believe civil unions is an idea around which we can forge a consensus," Mr. O"Malley said during a Thursday appearance on the "Kojo Nnamdi Show" on WAMU-FM (88.5 FM). Mr. O"Malley went on to acknowledge that some...
  • O’Malley: Global warming a threat

    09/28/2007 9:20:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 1,311+ views
    Baltimore Examiner ^ | September 27, 2007 | Kathleen Miller
    BALTIMORE - Gov. Martin O’Malley and Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine called on Congress Wednesday to pass legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions, arguing the health of the Chesapeake Bay is at stake. “We now know with certainty that human activities — including coastal development, the burning of fossil fuels and increasing greenhouse gas emissions — are contributing to both the causes and consequences of climate change,” O’Malley told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. But his testimony did not go over well with critics of the Intercounty Connector — an 18-mile toll road that would connect Montgomery and...
  • O'Malley looks to gas tax

    09/26/2007 5:31:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 209+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 24, 2007 | Andrew A. Green
    Governor favors linking rate to cost of road work Maryland's gasoline tax would go up in 18 months -- and possibly sooner -- if Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to add $400 million a year in transportation funding is approved by the General Assembly. Although an immediate increase in the gas tax is not part of the $2 billion revenue plan the Democratic governor has been rolling out over the past week, he said Monday that he will push to tie future increases to the rising cost of road and bridge construction materials. At present rates of inflation, that would average...
  • O'Malley eyes taxes, 'gaming' [MD]

    09/18/2007 12:51:00 PM PDT · by Norman Bates · 24 replies · 169+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 18, 2007 | Tom LoBianco
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley told legislative leaders yesterday he plans to raise almost $2 billion in new revenues through a mix of taxes, including sales taxes, and "gaming initiatives" to close the state's $1.5 billion budget shortfall. Mr. O'Malley met separately with House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., both Democrats, to discuss the details of his plan. He is set to meet with General Assembly budget leaders this morning at the governor's mansion. Mr. Busch confirmed the meeting and said the governor's plan also includes an increase in corporate income tax. "It's...