State Budget Outlook Better Than Expected

Members of the General Assembly’s Spending Affordability and fiscal committees learned of a lower than expected revenue shortfall yesterday during a briefing by the Department of Legislative Services (DLS).  Warren Deschenaux, Executive Director of DLS, informed the members that the state budget gap, originally anticipated to be $740 million, has been reduced to $250 million…

Governor Urges Agencies to Collaborate on Cybersecurity Preparedness

Governor Hogan recently issued an executive order directing the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security to coordinate, improve, and implement an updated cybersecurity plan to ensure that Maryland is prepared to confront today’s cyber threats. From the Governor’s press release: The order lays out a collaborative process for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, led by Walter…

New Chief of Staff Appointed, Medicaid Program

Acting Secretary of Health Dennis Schrader announced yesterday the appointment of Dionne Washington as the new Chief of Staff for the Medicaid program. Ms. Washington has more than 20 years of combined government, private sector and health care experience.  She has previously worked at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as an executive associate, first working…

Election Outlook – Maryland Senate

An article by Josh Kurtz of Maryland Matters highlights potential changes in the Maryland Senate during this election cycle. …between a combination of retirements, bids for higher office, scrapes with the law and possible defeats, the state Senate is likely to see one of its biggest shake-ups in recent memory – perhaps entirely on the…

New Laws Take Effect October 1

Several new laws took effect on October 1 ranging from measures to ban hydraulic fracking to ethics reform. An article in the Washington Post describes some of the measures. The measures include: a law on price gouging that gives the state attorney general the authority to sue drug companies that dramatically increase the price of…