Politics & Business

DOT wants to extend pilot program for scooters as two new dockless companies come on board

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Bird scooters. Image via Facebook.

The Baltimore Department of Transportation is seeking to extend the pilot program for dockless vehicles into the spring, as two new companies plan to bring their electric rides to city streets.

Community groups call on Pugh to ask BPD for end to cannabis arrests

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Ninety-six out of 100 people arrested for cannabis possession in Baltimore from 2015-2017 were black, data from the FBI show. Graphic by Charlie Herrick

A coalition of 14 community groups sent a letter to Mayor Catherine Pugh asking her to direct the police department to stop making low-level cannabis arrests, nearly a month after State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced her office would no longer prosecute such cases.

Bill would prevent toll roads without county approval

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By David Jahng
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS—Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to reduce traffic on I-270, the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway by adding private lanes could be further delayed if state legislation requiring local approval is passed.

Medical cannabis is a high priority in Md. legislature

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By Natalie Jones
Capital News Service

Creating and selling edible medical cannabis products, allowing inmates to receive medical cannabis treatment and prohibiting employers from asking about cannabis use could become law in Maryland under bills being pushed in this year’s General Assembly.

$15 minimum wage bills under consideration in legislature

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The inside of the General Assembly chambers in Annapolis. Photo by Roxanne Ready, via Flickr, used with a Creative Commons license.

By David Jahng
Capital News Service

Legislation that would increase the minimum hourly wage in Maryland to $15 would mean higher salaries for struggling workers, but may also mean higher prices and companies leaving the state, supporters and opponents told lawmakers this month.

Commission releases preliminary recommendations on Baltimore County finances, including possible tax increase

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The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

Facing a budget shortfall of $81 million in fiscal year 2020, Baltimore County’s Commission on Fiscal Sustainability released an interim report today with a slate of recommendations for balancing the books, including a possible tax increase–a step county executive Johnny Olszewski has said he would like to avoid.

WSJ: Plank has ‘problematic’ relationship with MSNBC anchor

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank in 2016. Photo via Maryland GovPics/Flickr.

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is reportedly involved with MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle, and executives at the Baltimore-based apparel company have expressed concerns the journalist has taken on an advisory role that executives find “unusual and problematic,” according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal.

Abell Foundation report examines pros, cons of city-county mergers. Could it work in Baltimore?

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By merging with their surrounding counties, the cities of Nashville, Indianapolis and Louisville were able to grow local economies and save taxpayer dollars by reducing redundancies, according to a new report by the Abell Foundation.

Research began in 2012 to see if a similar approach could work in Baltimore, which remains an independent city surrounded by Baltimore County and, in a few places near the southern border, Anne Arundel County. The authors of the study think it’s worth exploring again.

Marylanders still broadly support Hogan, but most don’t think he should run for president

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Republican incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan answers questions following the lone gubernatorial debate at Maryland Public Television in Owings Mills, Maryland, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Photo by Brooks DuBose/Capital News Service)

Maryland’s twice-elected Republican governor is holding on to his high approval marks in a new poll, and strong majorities have lots of nice things to say about his job performance. But that’s not translating to presidential support, data show.

Senate, House weigh bills changing Board of Regents makeup

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Then-chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents James T. Brady announces the board’s recommendation to retain former Maryland football coach DJ Durkin on Oct. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. (Daniel Oyefusi/Capital News Service)

By Daniel Oyefusi
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The University System of Maryland Board of Regents structure would be altered and its decision-making would be made more public under legislation the state Senate and House of Delegates are considering.

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