After the governor confirmed Friday the fifth death of Marylander due to the novel coronavirus, the state committed to fund funding promising research that aims to treat patients suffering from COVID-19 and perhaps boost the immune systems of healthcare workers exposed to it.
By Colin Campbell, Luke Broadwater and Hallie Miller
Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan has been a guest on many TV and radio shows, spreading a message that Marylanders need to take the virus seriously and stay at home.
Some question why the Maryland General Assembly decided to push ahead with hundreds of bills as it was rushing to complete its work during a session shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. Because of restricted public access, they say, some of the work was done in a manner that wasn't transparent.
The Maryland General Assembly passed more than 650 bills in a three-day sprint as lawmakers rushed to abruptly adjourn the state’s 441st legislative session as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in the state.
After hours of debate, Maryland’s Senate late Monday night passed an ambitious, expensive overhaul of the state’s public schools, but only after amending the bill to halt the plan in the event of an economic downturn or if it isn’t achieving academic progress.
The state Senate has voted unanimously to pass House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones’ legislation that would send $580 million more to the state’s four historically black colleges and universities over 10 years.
Maryland senators on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a $47.9 billion state budget that includes $10 million to fight the spread of coronavirus and restores funding to health, education and cultural programs cut in Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s spending plan.
Maryland officials are in talks on how to hold a mail-in only election for the April 28 primary, should it become necessary in response to multiple confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state.
State-run buses in Baltimore break down about six times more frequently than buses in St. Louis or Denver. A state-run subway through the city fails five times more often those in Cleveland or D.C. And, Baltimore’s light rail system breaks down three times more than Pittsburgh’s or Salt Lake City’s. Maryland Transit Administration vehicles fail or break down far more often than most other comparable cities, according to the most recent Federal Transit Administration data.
After lawmakers defeated a proposal to greatly expand the state’s sales tax, top Maryland Democrats say they are moving forward with an alternative plan: Cobble together revenue from nine tax bills to bring in more than $700 million annually for schools.
Despite weeks of hostility, a Maryland Senate committee late Wednesday advanced three anti-crime bills, including one that contains large portions of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s top legislative priority ― the Repeat Firearms Offenders Act.
The Board of Public Works voted unanimously to pay about $2.9 million to Alfred Chestnut, Andrew Stewart Jr. and Ransom Watkins, who were formally cleared last year of the notorious 1983 murder of a Baltimore junior high school student over a Georgetown University basketball jacket.
Maryland’s Board of Public Works on Wednesday is set to award more than $8.7 million to three recently exonerated men -- Alfred Chestnut, Andrew Stewart, Jr. and Ransom Watkins -- who spent more than 100 combined years in prison.
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who held elected offices in Baltimore for two decades and was elevated by voters to lead the city after the upheaval of 2015, was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for a fraud scheme involving a children’s book series.
By Luke Broadwater, Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector
What started off as a promising mayoralty ended in ignominy last year when the Democrat resigned from office amid a corruption scandal involving her sales of her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s books to entities that did business with state and city governments.
Marylanders overwhelmingly support the programs to improve public schools proposed by the state’s Kirwan Commission, but roughly half of state residents believe they already pay taxes that are “too high,” according to a new Goucher College poll.