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Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009:
No hints on state budget cuts
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Wednesday is expected to ask the state's Board of Public Works to approve nearly $300 million in fresh budget cuts, but unlike in days preceding similar rounds of cuts this summer, O'Malley's office has planned no public briefing today to explain the cuts. Inaccurate information presented at one of the last rounds of cuts has led to complications in closing an Eastern Shore mental health facility.
Dixon trial: Mayor had gift cards for clothes, seafood dinners
"Week 2 of [Mayor Sheila Dixon's] corruption trial got under way with revelations that Dixon had [gift cards intended for the poor] from Dunkin Donuts, Caribou Coffee and Starbucks, Nordstrom, Talbot's and Hecht's, Legal Sea Foods and Blockbuster," writes Laura Vozzella in The Baltimore Sun. "The real shocker: It was Dixon's defense that put all that out there for the jury."
State tax revenue falls in October
"Maryland tax revenue continued to drop in October, falling 2.3 percent below October 2008 levels," writes Scott Dance in The Baltimore Business Journal. "October is not a significant month for revenue collections, but Comptroller Peter Franchot wrote in a report to state leaders that the results were in line with expectations, 'which remain very low.'"
Marine contractors renew lobbying effort in capital
"A marine contractor group wants the state to provide a special license and faster permits because bureaucratic delays are sinking their business," writes Liam Farrell in The Capital. "The Maryland Marine Contractors Association is continuing lobbying efforts it began last year to require the Maryland Department of the Environment to license and regulate people and firms that provide or solicit marine contracting services in the state."
MoCo politicians get most cash from independent donors
Individual political contributions make up the bulk of Montgomery County politicians' fundraising, but business far outspends labor, according to Maryland Politics Watch, which has begun posting detailed reports on fundraising by politicians in the county.
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Aaron C. Davis
November 17, 2009; 6:45 AM ET
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