Elrich takes shots at Hogan during legislative breakfast debut

Montgomery County Executive Marc B. Elrich (D) attempted to serve notice on Thursday that his constituents — widely perceived as wealthy — cannot reasonably be expected to foot the bill for a significant statewide boost in education funding. He also took shots at the $9 billion traffic congestion relief plan offered by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), saying a more modern approach is needed. Elrich made his comments during at the Committee for Montgomery’s 29th annual legislative breakfast, an event that brings together legislators, business leaders and political cognoscenti for a pre-General Assembly session schmooze-fest every December. (Md. Matters)

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In week two, Elrich says he is growing into new role

County Executive Marc Elrich said he had been on the job for only 48 hours when staff from the Office of Management and Budget alerted him that he needed to come up with a savings plan of $44 million for the current fiscal year. “You walk in and two days later they say, ‘you have to cut the budget,’” he said. Elrich said he has had good meetings with his staff so far, particularly his Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Kleine and Budget Director Rich Madaleno, who were both confirmed Tuesday by the Montgomery County Council. (Bethesda)

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Three Reps.-elect from Virginia and Maryland visit Israel before swearing in

Between hiring staff and setting up district offices, three freshman lawmakers from Maryland and Virginia made time for another political rite of passage: a trip to Israel. Reps.-elect Elaine Luria (D-Va.), David Trone (D-Md.) and Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) were returning Friday from a five-day crash course in U.S.-Israel relations sponsored by the American Israel Education Fund, the charitable arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. (Wash. Post)

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As top vote-getter, Franchot leaves the door wide open for 2022

“You may roll your eyes at this, but as the state tax collector I received more votes for state office than any Marylander in history,” Comptroller Peter Franchot gleefully told a sold-out BWI Business Partnership breakfast Friday morning. “And if you bump into Governor Hogan, could you tell him I happened to get 300,000 more votes than he did.” But who’s counting? (Md. Reporter)

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December 14 // Hogan's plan for new Redskins stadium on parkland in Maryland faces hurdles, opposition

Opposition is mounting in the Democratic-controlled Maryland legislature to Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposal for a new Redskins stadium in a park overlooking the Potomac River in Prince George’s County. House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch said Thursday he is opposed to spending taxpayer money on infrastructure for a new stadium when the state has more pressing needs, such as increasing school funding. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland fiscal board reports $1 billion in unspent revenue, but warns of possible recession

Maryland’s government is entering a new year with more than $1 billion in unspent revenue, but should be bracing for a potential economic recession, members of a state fiscal panel said. The $1 billion in unspent revenue is due to a $500 million surplus from last fiscal year, plus more money coming into state government due to changes in federal tax law and sales tax on online purchases, according to the Board of Revenue Estimates. (Balt. Sun)

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Olszewski names Baltimore County transition team members on topics from education to public safety

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. on Thursday released the names of dozens of county residents, activists and business leaders who are members of his transition team. They’re divided among seven work groups that are examining various aspects of county government and life in the county. The work groups are expected to issue recommendations by the end of January. (Balt. Sun)

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Caporale sworn in as Allegany County commissioner

Dave Caporale was officially sworn in Thursday as an Allegany County commissioner, joining Creade Brodie Jr. and Jake Shade on the board. Caporale had been serving on the Cumberland City Council when he announced last spring he would seek a seat on the three-member board of commissioners. He was successful in his effort, winning election to the board in the Nov. 6 general election. (Times-News)

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