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November 17, 2006

News & Notes - November 17

  • House Democrats’ No. 2: a Cultivator of Loyalties
    Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer was elected House Majority Leader Yesterday. Today’s New York Times features a profile story on Hoyer.
  • State’s fiscal woes to linger
    “While things are looking bleak on the revenue side, things on the spending side are going beautifully,” said Warren G. Deschenaux, the General Assembly’s chief fiscal analyst who is known for his droll presentation of budget figures.
  • Tax increases to be mulled for long term
    “Everything from legal services to dry cleaning is currently not taxed,” said Senator-elect Richard S. Madaleno Jr., Montgomery Democrat “You could come up with something like a gross receipts tax that essentially ends up just capturing a lot more economic activity.”
  • O’Malley Faces a Run Of Budget Shortfalls
    “Don’t look to the Senate for any type of tax increase, period,” Senate President Mike Miller said. “We’ve had a revenue source on the table for the past four years. Unless that revenue source is utilized, we’re not going to go into people’s pocketbooks.”
  • Rascovar: Out with the old, in with the new
    “The governor hired the worst lobbying crew in anyone’s memory. They routinely excluded key Democrats, alienated potential allies and rarely collaborated on bills in meaningful ways.”
  • Lee: Where Ehrlich lost
    “In hindsight, it’s clear that the Red counties’ huge voter turnout four years ago was an aberration. Pro-Ehrlich and anti-KKT sentiment spurred record participation that worked to Ehrlich’s favor but was almost impossible to replicate.”
  • Bracing for a post-election shakeup
    ‘‘Governor Ehrlich brought many talented people here. I hope they will get a close look,” said Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of the Sage Policy Group and also an executive committee member of the Maryland Business Council of Baltimore.

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