Harford County Councilman Jim McMahan, who is running for re-election, says he supports bills to raise the salaries of the next county executive and county council, giving the measures a minimum of three prospective favorable votes among the seven member council.
Fortunately for Gross-Ojekwe, gasoline prices are expected to level off in the coming weeks, experts say. But if the two events that pushed prices up to their current level — conflict in oil-producing Middle East countries and a hurricane passing through the Gulf of Mexico — worsen or recur, respectively, Marylanders like her may be forced to further change their spending habits to accommodate higher prices.
Gasoline prices in Maryland and across the nation are climbing fast, and motorists could see $4 a gallon at the pump in the coming months, fueled by stiff demand in China and India and turmoil in the oil-rich Middle East, experts said.
As world economies knit ever closer together, the debt woes and economic slowdown in Europe are sending ripples across the Atlantic — giving pause to Maryland companies anxious about recessionary contagion and offering business opportunities to others.