Category: District 39

Maryland state employee union raises concerns about under-staffing in prisons, hospitals

October 30, 2019

https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-staffing-complaints-20191029-6m72nukui5bo5m7alosk3t6jvi-story.html By PAMELA WOOD BALTIMORE SUN | OCT 29, 2019 | 3:34 PM Jason Suggs, an official with the AFSCME Union for state employees, discusses staffing issues during a press conference in Annapolis on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (Pamela Wood) Members of the largest union of state government employees, who are locked in a contract dispute with the […] View page


Montgomery County Executive Elrich, County Councilmembers, Federal, State and Municipal Officials Call for State to Return Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) to Maryland Transportation Plan



https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=23589 Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich on Oct. 28 led a group of County Councilmembers, Federal, State and municipal officials, as well as Montgomery business leaders, to express their disappointment and concern with the Maryland Department of Transportation’s decision to eliminate the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) from the draft of the State 2020-25 Consolidated Transportation […] View page


MD lawmakers, officials, union meet on staffing shortages



https://www.mrt.com/news/article/MD-lawmakers-officials-union-meet-on-staffing-14572619.php Elliott Davis, Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State union employees told lawmakers Tuesday they are concerned that staff shortages — of about 2,600, according to a 2018 study — are causing safety issues, including some injuries, for employees at certain agencies. Maryland lawmakers, state officials and union members gathered in Annapolis to […] View page


Larry Hogan’s hypocrisy on drug prices

September 24, 2019

By Letters to the Editor  September 22, 2019 at 6:48 p.m. EDT Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has refused to release funding for the Prescription Drug Affordability Board, and he has not named the administration-appointed members as required by the legislation that created the board. In recent days, he has signaled a path forward through an existing commission appointed […] View page


Montgomery Pols Fume as State Ends Funding for Transit Project



Did the Hogan administration just effectively kill a long-debated public transit project in Montgomery County? Or was the proposal already on life support without key Montgomery County policymakers and transit advocates knowing or acknowledging it? Either way, county lawmakers sounded the alarm Monday when they noticed that the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) was pulling […] View page


State Ends Commitment to Corridor Cities Transitway



The future of the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) is in doubt after the Maryland Department of Transportation removed the project from its latest list of priorities. The most recent draft of the Consolidated Transportation Plan, a detailed agenda for statewide transit projects, states that the CCT has been removed from the development and evaluation phase. […] View page


Heat Advisory this weekend. Some tips on staying cool and safe.

July 19, 2019

Starting today through the remainder of the weekend, temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees, with a heat index that is significantly higher. As you know, this can be extremely dangerous for some in our community, especially children, the elderly, disabled, or ill. It is also not great for otherwise healthy individuals either. Extreme heat […] View page


Why are we so afraid of single payer in Md.?

June 10, 2019

Why are we so afraid of single payer in Md.? By Kirill Reznik, June 10, 2019 For the last two years, I have sponsored legislation to create a form of single-payer health care in Maryland. My bill is somewhere between Bernie Sander’s “Medicarefor All” (which federal law prevents us from doing at the state level) […] View page