Politics & Business

UMMS board puts president on temporary leave of absence

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Amid the fallout over contracts between the University of Maryland Medical System and members of its board of directors, the institution’s overseers have asked president and CEO Robert A. Chrencik to take a leave of absence starting March 25.

Pugh, SRB, O’Malley, Schmoke urge Legislative Black Caucus to fight for Pimlico

From left: Martin O’Malley, Mayor Catherine Pugh, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Kurt Schmoke testify before the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. Still via live stream from Sen. Antonio Hayes/Facebook.

In a historic scene, four of Baltimore’s last five mayors gathered Thursday morning in Annapolis to urge a coalition of black legislators to join them in solidarity to help keep the Preakness in the city.

MD Senate passes $15 minimum wage bill

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The Maryland Senate today passed a bill raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, sending the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk.

Sponsored by Baltimore Sen. Cory McCray, the bill would require companies with more than 15 employees to raise wages by the 2025 deadline. Smaller businesses would have an extra year to hit that mark.

BDC offers S. Gay Street properties to developer planning 62 apartments, ground-floor retail

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A stretch of vacant, city-owned properties along S. Gay Street near the Inner Harbor is set to be redeveloped into more than six dozen apartments and 6,000 square feet of retail space.

Pugh resigns from UMMS board of directors days after children’s book deal publicized

Mayor Catherine Pugh addressed the media on May 16, 2018. Image via Facebook Live.

In the wake of reports that nine of the University of Maryland Medical System’s 30 unpaid board members—including children’s book author Mayor Catherine Pugh—had cut lucrative side deals with the hospital operator, Baltimore’s mayor is stepping down from her honorary post.

Md. Senate approves legislation banning tax sales of Baltimore homes, churches for unpaid water bills


Maryland senators today voted 47-0 to approve Sen. Mary Washington’s legislation halting Baltimore City’s use of the tax sale process for properties with water and sewer bill debt totaling $750 or more.

The Senate’s approval comes two weeks after the House of Delegates’ passage of Del. Nick Mosby’s identical bill. Washington’s SB 96 now heads to a yet-to-be-scheduled committee hearing in the House of Delegates, while Mosby’s HB 161 awaits a hearing in the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee on March 19.

Maryland redistricting case to be heard in Supreme Court

A map of Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Image via Capital News Service.

By Carolina Velloso and Natalie Jones
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for two cases on congressional district gerrymandering on March 26, including one from Maryland, which could have far-reaching implications on how future electoral maps are drawn.
The justices could, for the first time, issue a standard for determining unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering.

At the heart of both the Maryland and North Carolina cases are accusations of redrawing district boundaries in order for one party to gain an advantage over the other in the states.

Hogan, Miller call on UMMS board to shape up

The outside of the University of Maryland Medical Center. Image via Google Street View.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller called for reforms of the University of Maryland Medical System board after reports in The Sun revealed several unpaid board members, including Mayor Catherine Pugh, have conducted business with the organization.

Maryland lawmakers send polystyrene ban proposal to Hogan’s desk

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Lawmakers in Annapolis today voted to make Maryland the first state in the country to ban foam food packaging that, in all of its convenience for takeout orders, has also degraded the environment for decades.

Student protesters disrupt Baltimore delegation’s vote on Hopkins police bill

Photo of Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University. Photo by callison-burch, via Flickr.

Chanting “No justice, no peace! No private police!,” student protesters this afternoon interrupted a vote by the city’s House delegation on whether to endorse a bill to give Johns Hopkins University its own police force.