Environmentalists to Unveil New Chesapeake Bay Restoration Proposal on December 30

Chesapeake Bay advocates plan to unveil a new Bay restoration proposal on December 30 in Annapolis, as reported by the Baltimore Sun. Former Maryland state Sen. Gerald Winegrad said the proposal will be given to Obama administration officials developing a bay restoration strategy in response to a presidential order issued earlier this year. Winegrad said officials involved in the 1983 birth of the current federal-state restoration effort, including former governors, congressmen and environmental officials, are…

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Debate continues over new voting system

The Gazette ran a story on December 25 further summarizing the challenges posed by the implementation of a new voting system for the 2010 election. As described in an earlier post, the State Board of Elections voted 4 to 1 to certify the selection of a vendor, Election Systems & Software, for the new system. However, many concerns were raised during the meeting over the cost and timeframe. The Board will be sending a letter…

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Property assessments facing “unparalleled” drop

The annual cycle of property reassessments will yield disappointing news for county revenues -- as nearly every jurisdiction will see a drop in assessments for residential property in this assessment cycle. From the Baltimore Sun coverage: Nearly all Maryland homeowners due to receive new property assessment notices being mailed today will see a lower assessed value on their houses, reflecting what officials say is the largest decline in the state assessment office's history. n On…

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