Money Politics, Budget Spin, Climate Change and Hogan on Fox: Maryland Political Roundup
Check out the top political stories from around the state.
Baltimore Sun: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has raised more than $7 million in his bid to become Maryland's next governor. Attorney General Doug Gansler, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, reported having $6.3 million on hand.
Frosh Has Twice as Much Cash as Rivals
Washington Post: Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, reported having $795,000 cash on hand. That figure is more than twice what his Democratic rivals Del. Jon Cardin, D-Baltimore County, and Del. William Frick, D-Montgomery County, reported having in their campaign war chests.
O'Malley Fails to Eliminate Structural Deficit
The Daily Record: Despite Gov. Martin O'Malley previously saying it was his goal to close the state's structural deficit—caused when the costs of programs are higher than revenue generated—his proposed $39 billion budget fails to meet that goal.
A Different Spin on Proposed $39 Billion Budget
Maryland Reporter: Gov. Martin O'Malley said he has cut $9 billion from the state's budget during his tenure as governor, but his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year is $10 billion higher than the fiscal year 2008 budget.
Budget Includes Sailing Hall of Fame Cash
Annapolis Capital: Fundraising for a proposed $30 million facility for the Sailing Hall of Fame has slowed, but the state budget still includes $250,000 for the project.
Bill Allows State to Change Fishing Seasons Easier
(Easton) Star Democrat: A bill filed in both the House of Delegates and the Senate allows the Department of Natural Resources to more easily change fishing seasons, and prevent angling in certain areas.
Lawmakers Seek Bond Money for Washington County Hospice
Herald-Mail: Del. John Donoghue and Sen. Christopher Shank plan to introduce a bond bill for $250,000 to help build a residential facility at Hospice of Washington County.
Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Argues Taxes Hurting Maryland
Fox Business: Larry Hogan, founder of Change Maryland and a Republican candidate for governor, appeared on the cable news channel to argue high state taxes are chasing wealthy residents out of Maryland.
Report: Maryland's Financial Outlook Gloomy
Red Maryland: A report from a George Mason University researcher paints a dim picture of the state's financial outlook, ranking the state near the bottom of the nation in cash solvency, budget solvency and long-run solvency.