Watchdog Wire Maryland
“Sending a bold, pro-growth legislative package to the President and Maryland’s Governor, including tax-code reform which eliminates loopholes in exchange for lower marginal rates, dramatic cuts in our confiscatory corporate and our investment-hindering capital gains tax rates, and regulatory reforms which encourage energy production for our abundant natural resources, and offering it as fair trade for our support of a minimum-wage hike is an economic victory for the country and my home state.”
The hotel had to take down a partition wall to allow more people to filter in and several seats were added. It was a cold day with snow pending in the afternoon, but that didn’t stop folks from turning out to see what Harris had to say regarding the Second Amendment and the current gun control debate.
After seeing several of their other pet issues derailed for months due to spirited referendum efforts by opponents, those who wish to rescind the death penalty in Maryland are trying to take advantage of a provision in the Maryland Constitution to protect a bill to repeal the state’s little-used death penalty from having its fate decided by voters. Polling numbers suggest they have cause to be worried: last month’s Maryland Poll by Gonzales Research pegged support for the death penalty from 49% of those polled, with 44% in opposition.
To Maryland legislators, that pesky Constitution has proved quite the roadblock for Maryland’s ruling class. As a result, lawmakers have opted to play fast and loose with ethics rules, or, as is the case with House Bill 867, attempt to overturn current laws they deem obstructionist.
The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion is a historic building in Baltimore City built in the nineteenth century. It is a beautiful older building, but it seems Senator Jones-Rodwell always wants to send them money. In 2011, Jones-Rodwell wanted $500,000 to help the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, in fact it was a “Waste of the Week” then. In 2011, the Senate and House of Delegates merged their bond bills into one super waste of money. Jones-Rodwell’s$500,000 was dropped to $25,000. Apparently funding this old building was not a priority then. It should not be a priority now.