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Maryland Politics: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Leggett Scolds MoCo Council on Affordable Housing

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) today criticized the County Council's latest take on the county's $4 billion-plus budget, telling the 18th annual Affordable Housing Conference that the council should drop a proposal that he said would put the brakes...

By Miranda Spivack  |  May 8, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Miranda Spivack , Montgomery County  
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MoCo Minority Communities Protest Proposed Budget Cuts

You can tell that the Montgomery County Council is getting close to making final budget decisions from the intensity of pressure that various constituencies are putting on elected officials this week in Rockville. Two dozen leaders from the Latino, Asian...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 7, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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Getting WSSC News and Alerts

Katharine Shaver's story in The Post's May 7 edition examines the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the utility that delivers water to Montgomery and Prince George's counties and the condition of its pipe systems. Main breaks are not uncommon in area...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 6, 2009; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Montgomery County , Prince George's County  
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Final Money for School Construction Approved

The Board of Public Works this morning unanimously approved $71 million in school construction funding for buildings around the state, the last chunk of $267 million set aside for fiscal year 2010. The money brings to $1 billion the...

By Lisa Rein  |  May 6, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Legislators Staying Home This Year

In a continuing effort to curtail state spending, Maryland's two legislative presiding officers have told their members that the state will not pay for most trips to out-of-state conferences and other such travel. "In light of the fiscal situation, travel...

By John Wagner  |  May 6, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Slots "Nuts and Bolts" Contracts Awarded

The Board of Public Works this morning approved $7.2 million in contracts to put some of the nuts and bolts of Maryland's slots program in place, awarding $5 million to Spectrum Gaming Group of New Jersey to conduct background...

By Lisa Rein  |  May 6, 2009; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Leggett and Firefighters Agree to "Shared Sacrifice"

After weeks of acrimonious debate over pay raises for Montgomery's firefighters, County Executive Isiah Leggett and union leaders announced today that they have signed off on a new deal. Under the agreement, the firefighters join teachers, police officers and other...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 5, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Disability Compromise Gains Traction in MoCo

Support on the Montgomery County Council appears to be building for a compromise measure to create a partial disability retirement benefit for police officers. The measure, narrowly backed by a joint committee this afternoon, would require a two-tier benefit system,...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 4, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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GOP Seeks To Halt Speed Camera Bill

The Maryland Republican Party has climbed aboard an effort to petition to referendum the state's recently passed speed camera legislation. The bill, which Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is expected to sign, would authorize jurisdictions statewide to place speed cameras in...

By John Wagner  |  May 4, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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