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Matt Bush

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Bush is the Maryland reporter for WAMU. He can be found most of the time on the job in Annapolis, Rockville, or Upper Marlboro covering state and county governments. He's a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Point Park College in downtown Pittsburgh


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With less than a week to go before Christmas, local businesses are urging customers to do their shopping in-person — not online. In the Maryland suburbs, stores are showcasing their knowledge of the community to get people in the door. This is the first holiday season Amazon will collect a sales tax for online purchases in Maryland. It's too early to tell how much that is ...
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A top environmental group, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, wants Maryland to follow New York in putting a moratorium on fracking. The group is calling on Maryland to follow the lead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who this week put a moratorium on the process that extracts natural gas from rock, saying that fracking is a health threat. That decision comes j...
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Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan says he will follow through on campaign promises to cut taxes, though when he'll do that is becoming a bigger question. Hogan admits cutting taxes immediately upon taking office will be difficult, as the latest revenue estimates show the state's looking at a deficit going higher, not lower. Hogan says it's around $1.35 billion right now, a...
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Maryland Governor-Elect Larry Hogan named the first four members of his cabinet today. Hogan named his secretaries of appointments, general services, labor licensing and regulations, and juvenile services, the last of which will be a holdover from the current administration of Gov. Martin O'Malley. Hogan had little else nice to say about the outgoing governor at a ...
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Some high-ranking members of the Maryland General Assembly don't sound keen about moving the start of school past Labor Day. A report released earlier this year by a state task force (pdf) says that change would help the state's tourism industry. Education will be a central issue when...
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An obscure part of school funding in Maryland will likely be one of the biggest clashes between Republican Governor-Elect Larry Hogan and the Democratically controlled General Assembly. The geographic cost of education index, GCEI, is part of the overall funding formula for Maryland public schools. It benefits areas of the state, like Montgomery and Prince George's counties...
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Maryland's Republican governor-elect and the entirely Democratic delegation of the state's largest county said "hello" to each other Friday morning for the first time. At last year's Committee for Montgomery Breakfast, six candidates for governor of Maryland took part in...
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Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan admits he's putting himself in a tight box when it comes to fixing the state's rising budget deficit. Still, the Republican remains resolute that taxes are not going up — which means state spending will be cut drastically. Speaking at a press conference, Hogan put it very bluntly: The days of "saying yes" to every demand for an increase ...
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Slowly but surely, Montgomery County leaders plan to add body cameras to the police force. County executive Isiah Leggett says they plan to start putting body cameras on recruits training in the police academy, and then add them to the rest of the force, though the plan will have to be negotiated with the police union. The move comes after the high-profile deaths ...
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Montgomery County authorities say they will conduct a thorough review of policies regarding the county's air park, following Monday's jet crash into a home that killed six people. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says a lot of what he wants ...
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Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr (Matt Bush/WAMU) A budget battle is brewing between the Montgomery County school system and the county coun...
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Authorities in Montgomery County want state lawmakers to give them additional help in tracking down people wanted for outstanding warrants. Montgomery County law enforcement wants a similar "warrant intercept program" that has been piloted in Anne Arundel County. To get those with outstanding warrants to turn themselves in, authorities there started going after their state t...
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Maryland Governor-Elect Larry Hogan says his lieutenant governor will oversee his administration's effort to reduce heroin-related crime across the state. Hogan spoke to reporters Friday morning at a swearing-in ceremony for Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, a fellow Republican. Hogan says Jenkins was the first to make him aware of the depth of heroin- and gang-related ...
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Police in Montgomery County have charged a substitute teacher with sexually assaulting four students, and they believe there could be more victims. Jose Pineda was first arrested after an incident in September, when a female student at Roberto Clemente Middle School accused him of inappropriately touching her. After Pineda was charged, three other students stepped forward w...
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Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan will reportedly seek to repeal the so-called "Rain Tax" once he takes office next month. It's the first clear policy move from the Republican, who has said he would not give detailed positions until his inauguration. Members of the General Assembly aren't waiting for Hogan, however, and are putting the final touches on bills that will be i...
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The Montgomery County Council has selected a new president: George Leventhal. Tuesday was the first full day of Leventhal's fourth four-year term on the council, and his colleagues elected him president for the second time. He also served as council president in 2006, and fittingly, he quoted another long-serving politician upon taking the title again: "I want Montgomery Co...
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The Montgomery County government will look largely the same for the next four years as it has for the previous four. County executive Isiah Leggett is starting his third term, while seven of the nine county council members are also back for another term. On Monday, Leggett took the oath of office for the third time. He took the opportunity to lay out a six-point plan for his...
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Inauguration ceremonies were held across Maryland today for county executive. The state's D.C. suburbs are one of the few areas where there is no change at the top of county governments. Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett kicked off his third term at Montgomery High School in Rockville, where he took the oath of office. In his inaugural speech he laid out a s...
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The start of Maryland's General Assembly session is a little less than two months away, but state lawmakers are already crafting bills. Bills can be prefiled before the session starts, meaning they can be introduced on Day One of the session in Annapolis. The Montgomery County delegation has 15 they are working on, and several deal with alcohol licensing, an at-times mundane...
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Montgomery County was at the forefront of banning traditional cigarettes in bars, restaurants and other public places, and one council member now wants the county to join the growing number of places that treat electronic cigarettes the same way. Electronic cigarettes are quickly increasing in popularity, so much so that the process of smoking them—vaping—has made its ling...