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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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O'Malley/Brown Set-Up Underway

It's a gorgeous day on the Inner Harbor and a fantastic location at the American Visionary Arts Museum where the O'Malley/Brown team has just begun to set up shop for Maryland's gubernatorial race.

Today, Governor Martin O'Malley faces former Governor Robert Ehrlich in a heated competition.  With voter turnout in Maryland forming at a steady pace,The Baltimore Business Journal reports that both campaigns have turned to social media to spread the word and get residents to the polls.

O’Malley’s Twitter feed, @GovernorOMalley, started blasting tweets at 6:30 a.m. telling voters: “Polls open in a half hour. Are you ready to move #md4ward? #mdvote”

Natasha Pettigrew’s Mother Will Take Her Place as Green Party Senate Candidate

Kenniss Henry, mother of deceased Green Party Senatorial candidate Natasha Pettigrew, filed her certificate of candidacy Monday afternoon to fill the nomination left vacant by the death of her daughter last week. Pettigrew was bicycling along the shoulder of Route 202 in Prince George's County when she was hit early last Sunday morning by an SUV. She died last Monday night from injuries sustained in the accident.

The party's Coordination Council unanimously approved Henry's nomination on Sunday and has submitted nomination papers on her behalf. "The Maryland Green Party is grateful to Natasha's mother Kenniss Henry for filling the vacancy left by Natasha's untimely passing", said Brian Bittner, Co-Chair of the Maryland Green Party.