Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The governor touts $325 million in cuts even as proposed spending increases by 4 percent over the current levels.
UPDATED (6:32 p.m.)—Gov. Martin O'Malley Wednesday presented his budget plan for the coming year that he called "a jobs budget." The budget contains no tax increases though O'Malley declined to discuss the possibility of a tax for transportation projects. "These have been challenging times to say the least," O'Malley said. He was referencing the seventh budget of his tenure as governor at the same time that the state has weathered one of the most severe economic downturns in history. O'Malley said Maryland taxpayers "expect their government to do more with less." The proposed $37.3 billion spending plan is for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The governor's proposed budget contains $325 million in spending cuts even though the …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The previous record low in Maryland was set in 2006 and tied in 2008.
Fire deaths throughout Maryland in 2012 dropped nearly a quarter from the previous year to a new record low, state officials said Thursday. According to preliminary data announced by the state fire marshal's office, 52 people died in 2012 of "injuries related to hostile fires." That total is 22 percent down from the 67 fire-related deaths recorded in 2011, and 13 percent down from the 60 deaths reported in 2006 and again in 2008, which were then record lows. In a release, State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard attributed the drop in deaths to safety precautions, including working smoke alarms, home fire escape plans, residential fire sprinklers and "outreach programs that emphasize personal responsibility for surviving a home fire." “I …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Governor's announcement at Overlea High School includes $325 million for school construction and $25 million for air conditioning in schools.
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday a plan to spend $336 million on school construction and facilities improvements in the coming budget year. The governor made the announcement during Jan. 7 news conference at Overlea High School. The proposal, which will be part of his Fiscal Year 2014 budget sent to state lawmakers later this month, will include $325 million for school construction and renovation, $25 million for air conditioning schools and $6.1 million for the aging schools program. O'Malley said that the proposed budget was unusual because of the funds earmarked for air conditioning. "This is the first time an allocation of state capital that large has been made for a specific purpose," he said. The governor also highlighted the …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Despite the leasing signs outside the former Towson police precinct, the state Department of Juvenile Services office there may not be moving.
Don't be spooked by the signs out front. A state office in a historic Towson building has no immediate plans to move. Jay Cleary, a spokesman for the Department of Juvenile Services, says the department is in the middle of a typical end-of lease evaluation process as it puts out requests for proposals. "We have not made any final decisions regarding he Towson office lease yet," he said. The building at 308 Washington Avenue once served as the Towson police precinct, until the police moved to a new building around the corner on Susquehanna Avenue in 2001. The state leases the building from a private owner, Towson Station LLC, who bought it from Baltimore County in 2001 for $335,000, according to state property records.