Time is of the Essence for Retirement-Eligible State Employees

By Peta Richkus. Subsequent to publication of Ms. Richkus’  Commentary in Maryland Matters and The Daily Record, the MD State Retirement Agency (SRA) removed all reference to SB 946 from its web page (a Search for “SB 946” currently yields no results). The Department of Budget & Management (DBM) link to expanded SB 946 information can be found at the top of the DBM Home page. … Continue reading Time is of the Essence for Retirement-Eligible State Employees

The Gentleman from Towson: A Conversation with Steve Lafferty

By Pete Munsey. Through all the political changes in Baltimore County over the past 12 or 13 years, one thing, or more specifically one person, seemed a constant. No matter the ups and downs of this or that career, the redistricting tectonics from Annapolis which shifted whole neighborhoods into different districts overnight, or the national mood waxing locally, Steve Lafferty was the delegate from Towson. … Continue reading The Gentleman from Towson: A Conversation with Steve Lafferty

Chairman Quirk is Missing the Point about Sage Policy Group

By Peta Richkus. This article is a response to the August 7, 2019 Letter to the Editor written by Tom Quirk, Chair of the Baltimore County Council. Since my testimony before the Baltimore County Council during their June 25, 2019 Work Session prompted Council deliberation about the proposed Sage Policy Group contract referred to by Council Chairman Quirk (“Some Baltimore County Council members are questioning … Continue reading Chairman Quirk is Missing the Point about Sage Policy Group

Residents Have a Right to Know What’s in County Legislation—BEFORE the Vote

By Liz Brown. Early this month, I was compelled to speak (my first time doing so!) after a Baltimore County Council legislative session—not about legislation that was pending, but about legislation passed last month: Bill 16-19, which dealt with the issue of so-called “impact fees” for developers. Like many, many people in the County, I was and am very much in favor of impact fees. … Continue reading Residents Have a Right to Know What’s in County Legislation—BEFORE the Vote

Time for a New Baltimore County Economic Analyst?

By Peta Richkus. Editor’s note: We are pleased to publish testimony presented by Ms. Richkus to the Baltimore County Council during their June 25, 2019 Work Session concerning the proposed contract award: Agenda Item FM-17, Economic Consultant to the County Council. The proposed award would be a Sole Source contract to Sage Policy Group, Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO. The contract award will be voted … Continue reading Time for a New Baltimore County Economic Analyst?

Maryland Senate Leadership Signaled “TIME’S UP!” to Survivors of Sexual Assault

By Carla Johnson. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And ironically, at 11:20 p.m., during the final moments of the legislative session on April 8, 2019, Senate President Mike Miller abruptly halted debate on HB 122/SB 209—legislation providing survivors of rape and sexual offenses with access to protective orders. While presenting the conference committee report on the bill she co-sponsored and shepherded through conference committee … Continue reading Maryland Senate Leadership Signaled “TIME’S UP!” to Survivors of Sexual Assault

Executive’s Budget Paves Way for Better, Stronger Baltimore County

By Peta Richkus. Tuesday evening, April 30,2019, the hearing on the budget proposed by County Executive John Olszewski was held in the Council chambers in front of a standing-room-only crowd. Residents were invited to testify, and the “sign-up sheet” filled five pages. Over the next two weeks, County agency budgets will be reviewed. All of the budget meetings are open to the public. Budget deliberations … Continue reading Executive’s Budget Paves Way for Better, Stronger Baltimore County

Open Letter to Members of the Maryland House of Delegates

We are writing to you as elected representatives to the Maryland Democratic Party in Baltimore County. We feel connected to you by our common values that inspire the work we have done in supporting our party and the work you have done in the Maryland House of Delegates to advance policies that promote equality, equity, and fairness. Maryland was fortunate to have had Speaker Mike … Continue reading Open Letter to Members of the Maryland House of Delegates

(Still) the Only Maryland County Not Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales (Vroom Vroom!)

by Liz Brown. If there is anything I’ve learned after I started paying closer attention to the Maryland General Assembly legislative session two years ago, it’s that the legislature is very mysterious and confusing at times. Or most of the time. I was keeping one eye on my twitter feed on the hectic last day of the session, while knowing that it would probably be … Continue reading (Still) the Only Maryland County Not Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales (Vroom Vroom!)

County Executive’s Ethics Proposals and the Public Good

by Pete Munsey. The public hearing over a trio of ethics proposals before the Baltimore County Council saw local activists and council members debate their worth to the public good. Of County Executive John Olszewski’s three proposed governmental reforms, it was Bill 3-19, which would send to referendum a plan to devise a public financing system for county elections, much like those currently in place … Continue reading County Executive’s Ethics Proposals and the Public Good