Business, Education

BCPS Superintendent presents proposed FY2022 budget, acknowledges challenge of serving students with greater needs during period of limited resources

TOWSON, MD— Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams presented a $1.67 billion operating budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2022 during the Board of Education of Baltimore County’s Jan. 5 meeting. ”Our budget is really about people,” Williams said, as he highlighted that salaries and benefits comprise 83 percent of the BCPS budget. The superintendent’s FY2022 budget proposal …


Business, Politics, Sci-Tech

Olszewski unveils Open Checkbook platform to promote transparency

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Wednesday unveiled the Open Checkbook tool, a new expansion for Baltimore County’s Open Budget platform, which will allow users to view County expenditures down to the individual check level. “Our residents deserve to know exactly how their money is spent, and this new tool will bring an unprecedented level of transparency to County …


County, City leaders issue joint statement on reversal of MTA cuts

BALTIMORE, MD—Top officials from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County joined together to issue a statement regarding MTA’s announcement to reverse major cuts to the Maryland Transit Administration. Following public comment and feedback from local jurisdictions, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration on Wednesday announced that Core Bus service adjustments proposed September 1 will …

Governor Hogan: COVID-19 ‘the biggest fiscal challenge we have ever faced’

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday issued the following statement after a meeting of the Board of Revenue Estimates: “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented fiscal crisis for state and local governments nationwide, which according to Moody’s Analytics will face $500 billion in shortfalls over the next two fiscal years, with more than 4 million jobs at stake. “Today’s …

Officials from Baltimore County, Baltimore City issue joint statement on MTA budget cuts

TOWSON, MD—Top officials from Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County joined together to issue the following statement on major cuts to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) announced on Wednesday: “In a press release this afternoon, Governor Hogan’s administration announced significant cuts to the Maryland Transit Administration. This is a disappointing blow to the entire Baltimore metropolitan …

Councilman Marks: It’s time to add police substation in Dunfield/Belmont

The following is an op-ed from Councilman David Marks… It’s time to take bold action to stop the steady increase in crime in Belmont and Dunfield, neighborhoods where the quality of life is eroding thanks to vandalism, lawlessness among our youth, and shootings like last night’s incident off Stillmeadow Road. In January, I joined our state legislators in calling for …

Councilman Marks votes for nearly $100 budget million in cuts over 2 years

TOWSON, MD—At Friday morning’s meeting of the Baltimore County Council, Councilman David Marks voted to cut $59 million from the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget. Combined with his vote last year, Councilman Marks has supported cutting nearly $100 million from the budget over the past two years. “This year, I supported nearly $60 million in cuts to bring our county …

Harford County enacts FY 2021 budget: funding for schools, record funding for public safety, no tax rate increases

HARFORD COUNTY, MD—Harford County Executive Barry Glassman on Thursday signed legislation enacting the county budget for Fiscal Year 2021 after it was unanimously approved by the county council on Tuesday. The $948 million budget for next year fully funds the school board’s operating budget request, provides record level funding for public safety, the library system and the community college. The …