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Coming up this week in Maryland politics:


* County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is scheduled to testify this afternoon in Annapolis at the Senate Capital Budget Subcommittee to try to secure an additional $2 million in state funding to create a live music venue in downtown Silver Spring.

* School Board President Nancy Navarro will officially announce her candidacy today for the District 4 special election to fill the vacancy left by the death of Marilyn Praisner. The announcement will take place at 11 a.m. at Good Hope Community Center at 14715 Good Hope Rd, Silver Spring.

* The County Council on Tuesday will continue work on the county's capital budget, including discussion on libraries and transportation projects. The council meets at 9:30 a.m. at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.


Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) will deliver his annual State of the Economy speech on Thursday, at the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce's 7th annual Economic Development Project Showcase, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Dr., Greenbelt.


The Senate is scheduled to take up the state budget on Wednesday, the first of the two General Assembly chambers to do so. The House is set to consider the budget a week later, on March 19. Lawmakers are likely to cut Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed budget, following a report last week from the Board of Revenue Estimates that revenue is projected to fall short of expectations by $333 million for the remainder of this fiscal year and the one that begins in July.

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 10, 2008; 7:07 AM ET
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The Navarro press release says that Congresswoman-elect Donna Edwards will be at the Navarro meeting. Where is the Federal issue in the council race? Isn't Edwards simply doing what Congressman Wynn was criticized for doing---trying to be a local kingmaker? Isn't there a General Election before Edwards has been elected?

Posted by: Where is the Federal issue? | March 10, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

There will apparently be three chances to quiz Mike Miller clone, Deputy Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, on his tax increase history and plans.

l. at noon Wednesday at the Lawyers Mall outside the State House when the folks rallying against the computer tax meet.

2. At the Up-county Government Services Center on Saturday at 10:30.

3. At the Potomac Library on Saturday at 1:30.

Garagiola at Miller's, certainly not our district's, behest was the deciding vote in a 24-23 vote in favor of the new 6% computer tax and the huge increase in the state income tax of which the 16% of Marylanders living in Montgomery County will pay well over 50%.

Garagiola now has been trying unsuccessfully to backtrack on his decisive vote by saying we should replace the computer tax with a gasoline tax. That failed, so, and you won't believe this, he is now trying to increase the state income tax even more to take the place of the computer tax he voted for. Of course, both the computer tax and the income tax increases probably hurt District 15, where Garagiola and I live, more than any other District in the state.

Query: Where are the communications from people in the district asking Garagiola to vote for another increase in the income tax or for the computer tax in the first place?

Come an ask him at any or all of the above three places.

Unfortunately, the Germantown meeting coincides with the Washingtonian St. Patricks Day parade which is always fun.

Posted by: Robin Ficker, Broker Robin Realty | March 10, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Have you taken note of all the Mark Fennel for County Council signs on yards in District 4 already? Not one Navarro or Praisner sign is in sight.

Posted by: Fennel is a Fine Fellow for Me! | March 10, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

The stock market is down, way down, today. It is retestng January 23 lows and may or not bounce back. Anybody, including the Leggett-Knapp-Garagiola-Navarro-Praisner tax increase team, who even talks about increasing taxes in the present environment should be put in the stocks in the public square.

Posted by: Robin Ficker, Broker Robin Realty | March 10, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Garagiola understands that most of his wealthiest residents earned their money in the technology industry. He understands that its more important to protect Maryland jobs. He understands that Senators can make mistakes and are most senatorial when fixing problems. The tech tax is a problem and thankfully Garagiola is showing leadership by trying to repeal it...

Posted by: Sam | March 16, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

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