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Political events coming up this week:


On Thursday, the Board of Reveue Estimates will produce new projections for next year, which will help determine the size of state budget cuts in coming weeks. In December, the board, which forecasts tax collections each year, said the deterioration of Maryland's housing market is likely to hold back the economy through this year, affecting virtually every other industry in the state. The Senate is currently scheduled to vote on the budget on March 12, with the House following with its version on March 19.


The Montgomery County Council continues examining the county's proposed capital budget this week. It also holds a hearing Tuesday on a bill to prohibit the county employees' retirement system from investing in certain companies that do business in Sudan. Last week, about 30 students representing seven Montgomery County high schools visited the council to ask members to support the bill, aimed at helping put economic pressure on the government of the Republic of Sudan, which has been accused on committing atrocities against residents of the Darfur region. The bill is sponsored by Council member Marc Elrich (D-At large). The council will begin its public session at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.


Progressive Cheverly will hold a candidates forum at 7 p.m. Thursday for the council race in District 5. At least four candidates plan to vie for the seat left vacant by David Harrington's recent elevation to the state Senate, including a mayor, a former official in the county executive's administration, a past contender for the seat and a Harrington aide. Voters will go to the polls in a primary election for the seat April 1 and then take part in a general election May 6. The forum will be at the Hoyer School Cafeteria, 2300 Belleview Avenue.

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 3, 2008; 7:14 AM ET
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