Business, Politics

Baltimore County announces new zoning request dashboard

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County’s Department of Planning has launched a new interactive web dashboard displaying zoning issues raised during the 2020 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP), making the process more accessible to county residents. Every four years, Baltimore County residents may review the zoning classifications of any property in the county and request changes. Spanning 12 months, the process seeks input …


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Comptroller Franchot urges fiscal restraint with release of FY 2019 closeout report

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Comptroller Peter Franchot on Thursday announced that revenues for Fiscal Year 2019 came in $216.6 million above the Board of Revenue Estimates’ projections, bringing the unassigned balance of the State’s General Fund to $351 million, or less than one percent of the total FY 19 operating budget of $44.6 billion. The final closeout numbers reflect stronger-than-expected revenue …


Department of Justice files employment discrimination lawsuit against Baltimore County Police Department

NOTTINGHAM, MD – The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it had filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) against Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD). The lawsuit alleges that, since January 1, 2013, BCoPD has engaged in unintended employment discrimination against African American applicants for …

AG Frosh joins lawsuit opposing Trump administration’s rule allowing prolonged detention of children

BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday announced he was joining a coalition of 20 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit opposing the Trump administration’s new rule allowing for the prolonged detention of immigrant children in U.S. custody. In the complaint before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the coalition argues that …

Olszewski launches Age-Friendly Baltimore County initiative

TOWSON, MD – Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Wednesday launched the Age-Friendly Baltimore County initiative, an effort that aims to ensure all people, regardless of age, who live, work, play, raise their familie,s and age in Baltimore County do so with the best quality of life possible. “A better Baltimore County is one where all residents feel welcome and …

Watchdog group claims Gov. Hogan’s ‘clean energy’ plan is bait and switch

NOTTINGHAM, MD – Could Governor Larry Hogan’s latest push for clean and renewable energy projects in Maryland be a bait and switch? One watchdog group seems to think so. Earlier this week, Governor Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2019.09, establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Renewable Energy Development and Siting, which will work to develop consensus-based recommendations on the siting of …

Maryland joins lawsuit against DHS ‘public charge’ rule

BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Thursday joined 12 other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over changes to the “public charge” rule that they say targets immigrants and their families. Under the changes, if an immigrant who is legally in the country uses benefits to which he or …

AG Frosh joins multi-state coalition challenging federal attempts to cut protections for asylum seekers

BALTIMORE, MD –  Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh last week joined a group of 21 attorneys general to challenge the Trump administration’s proposed changes to asylum standards. If implemented, these changes would allow the Executive Branch to arbitrarily deny asylum claims to immigrants seeking haven from domestic or gang violence. In an amicus brief filed in “Grace v. Barr …