Howard County Executive Calvin Ball Announces $498K In State Grants For Transportation Innovation

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Friday that Howard County has been selected for $498,000 in grant funds for transportation innovation from the Maryland Department of Transportation. The funding will support improvements to bus, bike and pedestrian transportation in Howard County. This grant will be utilized to: Make bus stop improvements, including the development of maintenance agreements for stops that are shared between the MDOT MTA and the Regional Transportation Agency bus system. Consolidate RTA and MTA bus stops in Howard County. Install an interactive message board at the Mall in Columbia for RTA of Central Maryland... (WJZ)

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Brandon Scott Plans To Introduce Ordinance Requiring City To Create Biennial Crime Reduction Plan

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott plans to introduce legislation that would require the mayor’s office to create and publish a crime plan every other year. The council president and mayoral candidate said he will introduce the ordinance at Monday’s city council meeting. “BPD cannot be expected to reduce crime alone,” Scott wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon. “All of our agencies have a role to play in addressing gun violence. I will continue to advocate for a violence reduction strategy that treats violent crime as a public health issue and incorporates more city resources in the fight.” (WJZ)

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Delegate Clarifies 'Ghettoization' Comment On Howard County

A Howard County delegate who, during a school board hearing this week, referred to parts of the county as "ghettoized" said she probably should have used another word to describe what she sees as economic inequality in Howard County. Del. Terri Hill made the comment at a hearing Tuesday night on the school system's redistricting plan. (WBAL)

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Welcome to Douglass County, Maryland. It’s one man’s answer to D.C.’s voting rights issue

David Krucoff would one day like to welcome you to Douglass County, Maryland, which lies — in his vision and on maps he’s made — on land now occupied by the nation’s capital. Krucoff is a commercial real estate executive and third-generation Washingtonian who imagines a 24th Maryland county created from land reacquired from the District of Columbia, which lacks U.S. senators and a voting member of the U.S. House. He says his long-shot plan — it lacks the support of key players — would grant disenfranchised Washington the voting representation in Congress that residents long for. (Balt. Sun)

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Md., 22 other states sue Trump to keep Calif.’s auto emission rules

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh joined a coalition of attorneys general that sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking California’s authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, in a battle that will shape a key component of the nation’s climate policy. Federal law sets standards for how much pollution can come from cars and trucks. But since the 1970s, California has been permitted to set tougher rules because it has the most cars and struggles to meet air quality standards. On Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration withdrew California’s waiver. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Revenue Estimates board updates tax projections

The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates voted unanimously Thursday to increase the state’s projected revenues for the current fiscal year by just under $130 million, but cautioned that the uptick “is not indicative of long-term economic growth.” The new estimate, a 2.7% increase compared to the last projections in March, is really a reflection of a strong tax year in 2018, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot noted Thursday during the board’s meeting. Franchot, Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Budget and Management Secretary David Brinkley make up the Board of Revenue Estimates. (Times-News)

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Hogan raising ‘dark’ money to boost his agenda, stop costly education plan

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is reprising his role as a grass roots agitator, asking top supporters to raise at least $2 million for a lobbying and public relations campaign that would herald his Republican agenda and try to rouse opposition to Democratic priorities. A fundraising memo obtained by The Washington Post emphasized that Hogan’s new super PAC and a related nonprofit “can accept unlimited donations.” The campaign will target, among other things, a costly plan embraced by the Democratic-majority legislature to address inequity in public schools and deep disparities in student achievement. (Wash. Post) 

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Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings misses high-profile hearing because of medical procedure

Democratic U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore missed a high-profile hearing Thursday of the House committee he chairs, saying he had undergone a medical procedure that will keep him from working for “a week or so.”  “I was very disappointed to miss today’s important hearing,” Cummings said in a statement to The Baltimore Sun as the Oversight and Reform Committee hearing continued on a bill that would make the District of Columbia the nation’s 51st state.  (Balt. Sun)


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