Maryland Gov. Hogan is set to be sworn in today at noon

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will be sworn in for a second term Wednesday, having easily survived a down-ballot Democratic wave to become the first Republican governor reelected in the state since 1958. Hogan, his family and invited guests will start the day with prayers at St. Mary’s, a small Catholic church just blocks from the Maryland State House where the governor regularly attends Mass and where he eulogized his father, Lawrence Hogan Sr., in 2017. (Wash. Post)


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Maryland Gov. Hogan to propose $5M for security grants for houses of worship and schools

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that he plans to propose $5 million in spending in his next budget for security grants for houses of worship, schools and day care centers. The governor’s budget is due Friday to the General Assembly. Hogan’s office said the budget will include a $3 million grant program for churches, synagogues, temples and other houses of worship that are at risk for hate crimes. The competitive grants will be overseen by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Mayor Pugh names new Department of Planning director

Chris Ryer will become the next director of the Baltimore Department of Planning, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office announced Tuesday. Ryer has become well known in planning circles in the last three decades, having served several stints in government. That includes 10 years in the city planning department as a community planner and four years as deputy director from 2002 to 2006. He also served in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's neighborhood revitalization division. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland’s Economy: Very Good (For Now), But Extended Shutdown Could Be Devastating

Maryland lawmakers will craft a budget this legislative session in about as favorable an environment as they could hope for, an economist said Tuesday. Well, federal government shutdown aside, of course. Dan White, director of government consulting and public finance research at Moody’s Analytics, said unemployment is very low, wages are increasing, and the country is at the top of an extended economic expansion. But celebration should be short-lived as lawmakers look ahead to the next possible economic downturn, he said. (Md. Matters)

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Here's how much the shutdown has cost Virginia, Maryland in income tax (so far)

Virginia and Maryland have taken a combined $82 million tax hit as a result of the longest shutdown in the federal government’s history. In Virginia, the lost income tax revenue so far is $22 million, according to Virginia Tax and Secretary of Finance Aubrey Lane Jr., who briefed state lawmakers Monday.  The shutdown — now in its 25th day, a record and one that shows little sign of ending soon — has cost more than 64,000 impacted employees in Virginia more than $381 million in wages over three weeks. And that works out to $21.9 million in income taxes not being withheld, according to state officials. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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City releases water rate study six days after rate hike is approved

Well, Councilman Zeke Cohen finally got a response to his request. Last month, he asked for Baltimore to conduct an independent, comprehensive rate study to justify imposing another 30% water rate increase on citizens. Yesterday the city released a summary of a consultant’s report – 25 days after Cohen made his request and six days after the Board of Estimates approved the increase. (Balt. Brew)

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Shutdown hasn't created 'abnormal' passenger wait times, BWI officials say

As a partial shutdown of the federal government drags on, security operations at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport are still proceeding per "routine," according to airport officials. "To this point, we continue to see routine [Transportation Security Administration] security checkpoint operations," Jonathan Dean, a spokesman for BWI, said Tuesday. While the airport is keeping an eye on the situation, "we have not experienced abnormal passenger wait times at the TSA checkpoints," he said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

 

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New Maryland gun law used in 5 cases involving schools

A new Maryland law that allows courts to temporarily restrict firearms access for people at risk to themselves or others resulted in more than 300 protective orders, five of which were related to schools, the sheriff of the state’s most populous county told lawmakers Tuesday. Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin told a panel of state lawmakers that 302 orders were sought under the state’s “red flag” law in the first three months since the law took effect Oct. 1. He said five of them related to schools, and four of those five “were significant threats.” (WTOP)

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