IMP: Balancing A State Budget 101

13 hours ago

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to UMBC professor John Willis about the ins and outs of balancing a budget. 

Lawmakers from the Legislative Black Caucus were talking tough in Annapolis Thursday as the Democrats, mostly from Prince George’s County and Baltimore City, continue to digest the impacts of Gov. Larry Hogan’s first budget. The Caucus decried cuts to education and healthcare that would disproportionately affect communities of color.

Baltimore City Del. Barbara Robinson, who leads the caucus, says education cuts have business consequences. She estimates that schools in just Prince George’s and Baltimore City could lose as many as 1,200 teachers.

Barely four hours into office, Governor Larry Hogan angered environmental groups by withdrawing phosphorus regulations they had been seeking for years.  Fraser Smith talks to WYPR's News Director, Joel McCord about environmental policy, the new governor and how The Chesapeake Bay will fare. 

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Daily Record's Danny Jacobs about Marilyn Mosby's new reign as the City State's Attorney.  Who is she letting go, why, and does her husband, Councilman Nick Mosby have any thing to do with those decisions? 

Fraser Smith talks to WYPR's Statehouse Reporter, Christopher Connelly about Governor Larry Hogan's proposal to balance the state budget.

IMP: Preaching The Gospel Of Bipartisanship

Jan 21, 2015

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Daily Record's Bryan Sears about "the gospel of bipartisanship" in Annapolis:  Republican Governor Larry Hogan's pledge to work with the bluest Democrats Maryland has to offer in the General Assembly. 

YPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Baltimore Sun's Mark Puente about the police brutality settlements Baltimore has paid: Should the city be allowed to silence victims who have received settlements? Should it be illegal?

WYPR's Nathan Sterner and Karen Hosler discuss the process for replacing the lawmakers who are now part of Governor-elect Hogan's cabinet.   Will the voters elect these new legislators? Will Maryland's Republican Central Committee decide?

In an opening day that was thick with talk of bipartisanship, a new Maryland General Assembly was sworn in Wednesday. The presiding officers, House Speaker Mike Busch and Senate President Mike Miller, told freshmen and veterans in their chambers that working together was the name of the game.

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to independent journalist and blogger, Richard Cross about Larry Hogan's fellow Maryland Republicans who are also recently settling into their elected offices.   Do their ideologies coincide?