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Topic - Paul G. Pinsky
Maryland's second-largest county is pushing for a tax on plastic grocery bags, joining a number of local governments across the U.S. that are considering taxing or banning the bags as a way to reduce litter and generate extra revenue.
Maryland's approved $35.4 billion budget for next year would eliminate a long-running program that allows lawmakers to give college scholarships to constituents, potentially ending a system critics have argued is highly susceptible to abuse.
Lobbyists represent all kinds of clients in the Maryland state capital — even plastic grocery bags.
ANNAPOLIS (AP) - A $50 million fund to help restore the Chesapeake Bay awaits direction from lawmakers on how it should be spent, but at an initial hearing yesterday it was clear that lawmakers aren't happy with the direction of some restoration efforts and want state agencies to rethink how they might spend the money.
ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Saying Maryland can't wait to try to address global warming, state lawmakers predict that a menu of environmental proposals could dominate this year's session.
ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Martin O"Malley"s administration gave an update yesterday on plans to address the state"s $1.5 billion deficit, saying reforms will include closing corporate tax loopholes and demanding that the wealthy "pay their fair share."
"I want to reduce that violence, and I think we all want to and that means taking action," Mr. Pinsky said. "Is it the perfect action? It may not be, but if we get 90 percent of it right and we can at the end of the day or in two years or four years or five years reduce that stream of illegal guns on the street, it's going to help all of us."
Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, Prince George's Democrat, said the bill goes beyond simply addressing high-profile rampage shootings with mass casualties, noting the gun violence that is claiming lives in less publicized crimes in Maryland.