| Jan 1, 2014
In the Maryland General Assembly, newly-elected lawmakers inevitably have one experience in common. Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, rural or urban, it doesn't matter. When they arrive at the State House, they soon discover that the...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 2:52 PM
Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. this week denied claims from veteran political consultant Julius Henson that Miller was influencing a violation of probation case against Henson.
"It's not true," Miller said after learning...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 1:20 PM
House of Delegates can take an important step toward lifting the prospects of Maryland's working poor this week when it votes on a measure to gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. But amendments the House made to Gov. Martin O'...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 5:33 PM
The House of Delegates voted Friday to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over the next three years, setting up a potential fight over whether to guarantee future increases by tying the rate to inflation.
Delegates voted 89-46 for the...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 4:35 PM
The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a $38.9 billion state budget that includes no new taxes while giving state workers a 2 percent cost-of-living raise. It is slightly leaner than the governor proposed.
The spending plan, due for a...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 6:15 PM
By a wide margin, Maryland voters want to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 a hour, a poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun shows.
A majority of voters in every region of the state supports that wage increase, and the proposal has near-unanimous...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:10 PM
Maryland Republican legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to make tax reduction, including repeal of the so-called "rain tax," their top priority for the 90-day General Assembly session that begins Wednesday.
After a briefing at which GOP lawmakers were told...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 1:11 PM
Raising the minimum wage in Maryland will be the top issue for leading Democrats when state lawmakers return to Annapolis on Wednesday to embark on their annual legislative session.
Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to champion the idea in his final year in...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:00 AM
Turns out, I am glad that Thomas V. Mike Miller gives no hint of retiring from his position as president-forever of the Maryland Senate. I know that sounds odd coming from me, but that's how I feel today.
And I don't even smoke pot.
Miller is 71,...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 10:03 AM
The train wreck of Maryland's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange should have been no surprise to Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown or anyone else responsible for its creation. That's the unmistakable conclusion from a Washington Post...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 7:30 PM
Consumers stuck in limbo, unable to access the state's glitch-prone online health exchange, will be allowed to get coverage through the plans they want under an agreement that state officials worked out with insurance companies.
Gov. Martin O'Malley...