Politics & Business

T.J. Smith, former chief spokesman for Baltimore police, joining Olszewski administration

Chief spokesman T.J. Smith and Maj. Chris Jones, head of homicide, announces charges against a 14-year-old in the murder and rape of an elderly woman.

T.J. Smith’s retirement from government press relations didn’t last long. Today, roughly three months after he announced his resignation from the Baltimore Police Department with an open letter to the city, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr.’s office announced Smith as its new press secretary.

Local auto workers union looks for answers on shutdown of GM’s White Marsh plant

Image via the UAW Local 239’s Facebook page.

After nearly 35 years of working for General Motors in Baltimore—first at its since-shuttered Baltimore Assembly plant on Broening Highway, and for the last 18 years at the company’s White Marsh facility—Guy White is hoping for a conversation with company brass about their decision to shutter the factory.

“Personally, what I have a hard time grasping is that the corporation has metrics that they measure their plants by, and our plant has the best attendance of any plant in North America—that’s Mexico, Canada, the United States,” says the shop chairman of United Auto Workers 239, which represents the company’s Maryland employees. “We have the best attendance. On all of our metrics, we’re a lean, efficient plant.”

Stronach calls on lawmakers to study ‘financial requirements’ of new Pimlico plan

Image courtesy of the Maryland Stadium Authority.

Following the release of a Maryland Stadium Authority report calling for a $424 million overhaul of Pimlico Race Course, Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of the Stronach Group, the owner of Pimlico and the Preakness Stakes, called on lawmakers to study funding for the plan and how the state can support the thoroughbred horse industry.

Hogan appoints recently ousted AACo. executive Steve Schuh to top post fighting opioid epidemic

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh. Photo via Anne Arundel County.

A little over a month after losing his re-election bid for Anne Arundel County executive, Republican Steve Schuh has been appointed as head of the Hogan administration’s Opioid Operational Command Center.

Olszewski appeals to GM to reconsider closing White Marsh plant, invites CEO to visit

Image via the UAW Local 239’s Facebook page.

Weeks after General Motors announced the closure of its plant in White Marsh, costing the county more than 300 jobs, County Executive John Olszewski, Jr. has asked the company’s leadership to reconsider.

Inspector general: Former head of city’s retirement system violated spending rules for $298,678 in renovations, new furniture

7 E. Redwood St., home to the Employee Retirement System. Photo via Google Street View.

Months ago, Roselyn Spencer left her post as the longtime head of the city’s retirement system after the inspector general found she misspent more than $218,000 on renovations to the agency’s 12th and 13th floor offices on E. Redwood Street. Today, the the same watchdog released new findings indicating she spent even more–nearly $300,000–including expenses on furniture for her own office and cosmetic improvements for the agency’s board room.

Gov. wants $1.9B of casino revenue to go toward school construction

Gov. Larry Hogan announces a bill for the Building Opportunity Fund flanked by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, left, and Budget Secretary David Brinkley, right. Photo via Facebook Live.

Following the passage of a referendum mandating the state put revenue from casinos toward education, Maryland will have an additional $4.4 billion over the next decade to put toward education, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today.

Of that, Hogan wants to put an additional $1.9 billion over five years, from 2020 to 2024, toward school construction, bringing total state funding to $3.5 billion during that period. The governor will submit a bill during the legislative session to establish what he’s calling the Building Opportunity Fund.

Trump no longer coming to Baltimore this week

President Donald Trumps official portrait, via the White House

After considerable hype over the weekend about a forthcoming visit from President Donald Trump to East Baltimore, it turns out 45 isn’t actually coming.

Port of Baltimore receives federal grant to deepen berth

Stacked containers. Photo via Maryland Port Administration.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Port of Baltimore a $6.6 million grant to deepen an existing berth, the area where a cargo ship is moored, allowing two supersized container ships to offload cargo simultaneously.

Political reporter Michael Dresser among first to take latest buyout offer at The Sun

Photo by Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons

Longtime Baltimore Sun State House reporter Michael Dresser is among the first journalists at the city’s daily newspaper to go in the most recent round of buyouts from Tribune Publishing.

He announced his retirement in a Twitter post, and briefly acknowledged it at the end of a column sizing up his time covering Annapolis. A newsroom source confirmed Dresser accepted one of the company-wide buyouts being offered by the Chicago-based parent company.