Council passes regulations inspired by deadly Silver Spring apartment fire
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by bill duffield
13h ago
The Montgomery County Council passed Tuesday new tenant safety regulations inspired by a deadly February 2023 fire at the Arrive Silver Spring apartment complex that claimed the life of 25-year-old Melanie Diaz. The legislation will require residential leases to include information related to renter’s insurance, automatic sprinkler systems and emergency evacuation and safety plans. The post Council passes regulations inspired by deadly Silver Spring apartment fire appeared first on Center Maryland ..read more
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Prince George’s County Council approves permanent rent increase cap
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by bill duffield
13h ago
Prince George’s County Council unanimously approved a rent increase cap, becoming the second county in Maryland to approve rent stabilization legislation. The bill establishes a 3% cap plus inflation, or 6%, whichever is lower. However, buildings constructed after 2000 would be exempt. District 7 Council Member Krystal Oriadha, who led the rent stabilization effort, said it is a huge step in the right direction.   The post Prince George’s County Council approves permanent rent increase cap appeared first on Center Maryland ..read more
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Aging bridges in 16 states will be improved or replaced with the help of $5B in federal funding
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by bill duffield
13h ago
Dozens of aging bridges in 16 states will be replaced or improved with the help of $5 billion in federal grants announced Wednesday by President Joe Biden’s administration, the latest beneficiaries of a massive infrastructure law. The projects range from coast to coast, with the largest providing an additional $1.4 billion to help replace two vertical lift bridges over the Columbia River that carry Interstate 5 traffic between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. The post Aging bridges in 16 states will be improved or replaced with the help of $5B in federal funding appeared first on C ..read more
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Larry Hogan is Maryland’s missing elephant in the room at the Republican National Convention
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by bill duffield
13h ago
As the country’s premier Republican Party event was nearing its first-night high on Monday, the party’s most successful candidate in modern Maryland politics — one whose next chapter is on the line in just a few months — was the elephant not in the room. Larry Hogan, the two-time former governor and nominee for U.S. Senate this year, was 800 miles away, making him the only major Republican candidate in a competitive Senate race not in Milwaukee for his party’s third celebration of Donald Trump atop the ticket. The post Larry Hogan is Maryland’s missing elephant in the room at the Republican Na ..read more
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Johnny Olszewski Jr. widens fundraising gap over Kim Klacik in 2nd District race
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by bill duffield
13h ago
Johnny Olszewski Jr. continued to put financial distance between himself and Republican opponent Kim Klacik in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger for Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District. With 16 weeks before the general election, the Democrat Olszewski reported having $231,195 on hand, according to his latest Federal Election Commission quarterly report. The post Johnny Olszewski Jr. widens fundraising gap over Kim Klacik in 2nd District race appeared first on Center Maryland ..read more
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Gov. Wes Moore prepares to add more light rail to Baltimore as ridership lags and costs rise on current system
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by bill duffield
2d ago
Maryland Gov. Wes Moore is moving forward with a new east-west light rail project in Baltimore that could cost up to $7.2 billion to build and millions more to operate. Yet ridership on the region’s current north-south light rail system is about half of what it was before the coronavirus pandemic, and its costs keep ticking up. The number of rides taken during fiscal year 2023 was down to 3.4 million, compared with 7.4 million in fiscal year 2018, on the north-south line, which travels from Hunt Valley in Baltimore County to BWI Marshall Airport or Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County, accordin ..read more
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Moore, Hogan join call for a more temperate political discourse
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by bill duffield
2d ago
Maryland’s current and most recent governor separately called for a less vitriolic form of American politics Monday. Neither Gov. Wes Moore (D) nor his Republican predecessor, Larry Hogan, are known for their support of Donald Trump. Both, however, said the failed assassination attempt on the former president and presumed Republican presidential nominee is a “clarion call” to turn down the heated rhetoric that dominates American politics. The post Moore, Hogan join call for a more temperate political discourse appeared first on Center Maryland ..read more
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Maryland paid workers over $7.9B in 2023. Who were the top earners?
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by bill duffield
2d ago
Maryland paid workers over $7.9 billion in 2023, or over 10% more than employees earned in 2022. The payout equates to about 13% of the state’s $59.42 billion budget for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The payroll data includes the pay of all state workers including University of Maryland athletics coaches and elected officials in the General Assembly. The Baltimore Sun requested salary data from the Maryland Comptroller’s Office through the state’s Public Information Act. It includes the regular, overtime and other earnings for 146,113 entries. The post Maryland paid workers over $7.9B in ..read more
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J.D. Vance pick unnerves GOP’s business elite, thrills populists
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by bill duffield
2d ago
Former president Donald Trump’s choice of Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) as the GOP’s vice-presidential nominee reflects the ascendancy of the party’s populist economic wing — and the choice is alarming traditional conservative policymakers and elite donors who opposed the pick. Vance has suggested a break with the Republican Party’s economic orthodoxy of the last several decades on a range of policy issues, including unions, antitrust, trade and taxes, even making comments that appear at odds with Trump, who already scrambled the party’s ideology. The post J.D. Vance pick unnerves GOP’s business el ..read more
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Dori Henry joining Blended Public Affairs, plus more political personnel news
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by bill duffield
2d ago
Dori Henry, a seasoned policy and communications strategist who is leaving her post next month as chief of staff to Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. (D), is joining forces with Alexandra Hughes, the former chief of staff to state House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) and the late Speaker Michael E. Busch (D). The post Dori Henry joining Blended Public Affairs, plus more political personnel news appeared first on Center Maryland ..read more
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