Politics

1:04pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Tax Credits-Private Schools

Maryland union assails tax credits to private school donors

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The president of a teachers union is urging Maryland lawmakers to reject a tax-credit backed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for businesses that support students who attend private schools.

Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, said Wednesday lawmakers should reject what she described as a "voucher scheme," whether or not Hogan "chooses to shortchange Maryland and its schools."

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10:31am

Wed April 8, 2015
Education Tax Credit

Critics: Governor's education tax credit not making grade

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Critics of Gov. Larry Hogan's education tax credit are speaking out against his proposal.

On Wednesday the state's largest teachers union, along with ACLU-Maryland, Equality Maryland and the Maryland PTA are holding a news conference in Annapolis in opposition of a $5 million grant program.

The proposed measure would provide tax breaks to businesses that donate money to private and public schools. But opponents, including the Maryland State Education Association, worry that only private schools would benefit from the program.

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10:12am

Wed April 8, 2015
Maryland Budget

Maryland governor and House speaker meet

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch have met to talk about the governor's legislative agenda.

David Brinkley, the Republican governor's budget secretary, said they had a good conversation Tuesday, though no assurances were given by the speaker. Brinkley says there's still time to make progress.

Hogan isn't happy about the lack of progress on his tax-relief proposals. His push to provide tax credits for businesses that donate to private schools also is a tough sell in the House of Delegates

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1:59pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Wind Turbines-Naval Station

Eastern Shore wind farm scrapped amid political opposition

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A Texas energy company says it's shelving plans for a wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore amid opposition from state and federal lawmakers concerned about protecting jobs at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station across the Chesapeake Bay.

Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to "unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks." Vice President Adam Cohen cited U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's efforts to stall the project pending further study.

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1:54pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Maryland Budget

Maryland budget negotiators scheduled to meet

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Senate and House negotiators are scheduled to meet to reconcile budget differences.

The panel is planning to meet Tuesday afternoon.

Del. Maggie McIntosh, who is on the negotiating team, says the House and Senate are very close to resolving differences in the Democratic-led Legislature. However, she says they need to bring Republican Gov. Larry Hogan into the conversation.

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