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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will kick off the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) conference today in Ocean City with a speech his staff has dubbed a "fairly significant" effort to focus lawmakers on how Maryland's economic future could be intertwined with the federal government's planned Cyber Command at Fort Meade.

The NSA recently told Congress it plans to locate the headquarters on or near the Anne Arundel County base.

And speculation has already begun that the base could bring in thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in development.

Brown will deliver his remarks at the Base Realignment and Closure meeting

Some reports say the Cyber Command could be worth as much as $30 billion to the state and spawn a new jobs center similar to that surrounding the NIH in Montgomery County.


FRUGAL ENOUGH?

State workers have been told to carpool to Ocean City and Gov. Martin O'Malley has cancelled the governor's official reception, but with major budget cuts looming, efforts continue to make MACo look as little like a beach vacation as possible.

Montgomery County officials say they're taking 19 county employees to the conference. That's just over half the number they took last year, but more than three times as many as Prince George's is taking.


TOO EARLY TO TALK TAXES?

One of Maryland's top public employee unions - the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - says it supports efforts to boost taxes on businesses in the face of expected furloughs for state employees.

The Baltimore Sun's Laura Smitherman says O'Malley will consider reviving "combined reporting," a proposal to keep large companies from shifting profits to states with lower or no corporate income tax. The legislature rejected the governor's proposal in 2007 when it enacted $1.3 billion in other tax increases, Smitherman writes.

On Tuesday, Joe Bryce, O'Malley's chief legislative officer, provided a one-word answer when asked if tax increases will be part of the state's needed budget fix: "No," he said.


KRATOVIL UNDER FIRE

Protestors targeted U.S. Rep Frank Kratovil again Tuesday night. His support for healthcare reform drew hundreds of protestors to his Bel Air office, but Joe Albero writes that angst is deeper" Many of his Eastern Shore constituents feel he's a "Liberal Wolf hiding in Conservative Clothing," Albero writes.

Albero provides these pictures of the protest.


IN BRIEF:

  • Maryland Politics Watch says the buzz in Montgomery is that Former District 4 County Council candidates Ben Kramer and Robin Ficker are re-united at a new venue: Sligo Creek Golf Course.

  • Some are questioning if the police presence at townhall meetinngs, like that Monday at Towson University, is overkill.

  • A new take here on the raucous meeting with Sen. Ben Cardin. And a roundup of all the Cardin coverage, here.

  • And, Rob Annicelli makes his case against Arundel Mills slots.
  • By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 12, 2009; 8:24 AM ET
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