May 16, 2013
governor o'malley, Local government, Maryland, maryland general assembly, smart growth, sustainable communities, sustainable communities designation, Tax increment financing
2013 tax increment financing law enhances authority for local government funding for community revitalization and economic development
Press Release: Thursday, May 16, 2013; 10:30 a.m.
BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today signed into law a bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly that expands municipalities’ and counties’ authority to finance costs for infrastructure improvements located in or supporting a Sustainable Community through tax increment financing (TIF). More
March 27, 2013
Fuel tax, Public transport, traffic congestion
In case you missed it, we wanted to share this Baltimore Sun editorial, Higher gas tax needed to support transit, on the importance of supporting an efficient transit system.
KEY POINT– To suggest that spending on public transit is inherently wasteful is not only unfair but inaccurate. Maryland traffic congestion is already ranked among the worst in the nation. How much worse would it be if not for transit? A full bus may take 60 cars off the road, a full rail car 200.
Our view: Gas tax opponents are wrong to claim that spending more on public transit shortchanges motorists (or anyone else living in Maryland) March 27, 2013, BaltimoreSun.com More
March 14, 2013
baltimore, Maryland, population estimates, United States Census Bureau
Maryland State Data Center has posted the U.S. Census Bureau‘s 2012 Population Estimates for Maryland’s Jurisdictions, the annual release of estimates for the 23 counties and Baltimore City.
The Baltimore Sun reported on the increase in population for Baltimore City in “Baltimore’s population up, following decades of loss” (March 14, 2013). More
March 13, 2013
E.J. Pipkin, Environment, General Assembly, martin o'malley, Maryland, Septic tank, Sewage treatment, wastewater treatment plants
Maryland Planning Secretary Richard E. Hall
I am writing in response to Sen. E.J. Pipkin‘s letter to the editor in which he called me the state’s land planning czar (“O’Malley is waging war on rural Maryland,” Feb. 26). The senator may think such name-calling and his “war on rural Maryland” slogan is strategic for him. However, it is bad for rural, suburban, and urban Maryland. This type of rhetoric damages the “One Maryland” approach that has helped bind all of the state’s communities together for many years. As a matter of fact, the state provides more assistance per capita in rural counties than it does in the more suburban and urban counties in Central Maryland. More
February 27, 2013
Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Environment, governor o'malley, Maryland, md septics law, Mid-Atlantic
All of us who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are linked to the Bay by many pathways. Whether we live right on the water or miles from the Chesapeake, our actions have a profound effect on the Bay. More