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Van Hollen to Give a Keynote Address on Federal Budget Priorities at University of Maryland

Van Hollen to Give a Keynote Address on Federal Budget Priorities at University of Maryland

Rockville, MD – Today at 12:30 pm Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen will give a keynote address on Federal budget priorities as part of the first annual Maryland Politics Summit, organized by the University of Maryland Center for American Politics and Citizenship.  The day-long event will feature elected officials and issue experts who will discuss major legislation and top issues facing Maryland this year.

 

Prince Georges County Announces External Audit of County's Housing

This story comes to us from Scott L. Peterson from the Office of the Prince George's County Executive:

This past Monday, December 27, Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III announced that Prince George’s County has signed a contract with Virginia Tech University to conduct an independent audit of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Maryland Considering Cuts to Education Funding

Maryland Considering Cuts to Education Funding

Prince George's County (AP)- Gov. Martin O'Malley is considering a 5 percent across-the-board cut in state aid for public education.

State Budget Secretary T. Eloise Foster has proposed the cut, which the governor's office says would save more than $200 million. Maryland is facing a $1.3 billion budget shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year.

The possible 5 percent cut was revealed in a letter from Foster to Prince George's County Schools Superintendent William Hite, who has asked the state for an additional $139 million in funding. Foster notes that Prince George's receives more education funding than any other jurisdiction in Maryland.

O'Malley's spokesman says the possible cut is merely "an option presented to the governor" but that it speaks to the severity of the state's fiscal situation.

Former Baltimore Mayor and retired Prince George’s County Judge to lead County Task Force

This story comes to us from Scott L. Peterson from the Office of the Prince George's County Executive:

 

Yesterday, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III announced former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and retired Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge William D. Missouri as co-chairs of the Prince George’s County Government Accountability, Compliance, and Integrity (ACI) Task Force.  The ACI Task Force is charged with reviewing current county oversight, researching best practices, and providing specific recommendations to County Executive Baker and the County Council.

Leslie Johnson Barred from Prince George's County Council Panel

Leslie Johnson Barred from Prince George's County Council Panel

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - The Prince George's County Council has barred newly elected member Leslie Johnson from serving on any committees while she is under federal investigation.

Council chair Ingrid Turner said Tuesday that the measure was taken "to avoid any appearance of impropriety."

Johnson will still be allowed to attend committee meetings and vote on bills. Council members say the county charter doesn't allow them to deny her all voting rights.

Johnson and her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, were arrested last month on charges including bribery, conspiracy and extortion involving real estate developers. Leslie Johnson was sworn into the city council Monday despite requests from five council members that she forgo the oath of office.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Announces Interim Leadership

This story comes to us from the Press Secretary of the Prince George’s County Executive:

Today Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III made his first official decision as County Executive by announcing eight interim appointments and two permanent appointments of his senior staff and selected county agency heads.

Maryland Governor's and Senate Race Projections

According to projections posted by The Huffington Post, it seems that democratic candidate Governor Martin O'Malley is ahead of republican candidate former Governor Robert Ehrlich.

O'Malley leads by 51.5% while Erhlich trails behind with 40.6%.

In the race for Senate, democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski has a steady lead against republican candidate Eric Wargotz.

Mikulski is projected to win with 56.4% compared to Wargotz's 36.2%

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