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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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Montgomery County lawmakers have approved tax credits for apartment renters, though very few people will actually qualify for them. The credits are similar to ones offered by the state of Maryland to people who are beneath the poverty level. But only about 500 renters in Montgomery County will be eligible for these new credits, according to Council member Marc Elrich. ...
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For the first time since Prohibition ended in the U.S. more than 80 years ago, Maryland's Montgomery County – which owns all the liquor stores within its borders — is taking steps to privatize the sale of alcohol. The county Council is formally asking the Maryland General Assembly to ...
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Next year's session of the Maryland General Assembly is more than five months away, but bills are already being filed to be introduced on the first day. One of them would change the state song, which is chocked full of references to the Confederacy, but similar bills have routinely failed in Annapolis when brought up in the past. The General Assembly actually has broken som...
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Maryland agricultural officials are banning poultry exhibitions at fairs starting next month, part of an attempt to stop avian flu from coming to the state. The state Department of Agriculture will prohibit all poultry exhibitions starting August 25. Officials also plan to quarantine all hatching eggs and poultry arriving in Maryland, which will then be tested to make sure t...
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Metro Connection Segments Uncovering The Tale Of Yarrow Mamout, Former Slave, Muslim Man About Town ...
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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett wants a statue of a Confederate soldier removed from outside the old Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville. And the question now is: Where will it go? Rockville City Council meetings don't typically bring in big crowds, but last night, the tiny council chamber was full, sending city workers scrambling to find more chairs to accommodate e...
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Construction on the Purple Line in Maryland won't start until next year. Just last month, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state would move forward with building the Purple Line. But the governor wanted to ...
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Montgomery County lawmakers are looking at extending the hours food trucks can be open. And while that may appear simple, it won't be. Food trucks in Montgomery County currently must close at sunset each day, which varies depending on the time of year. Supporters say changing that to a set time would allow trucks to have consistent business throughout the year, particularly ...
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A recent Supreme Court decision is forcing Montgomery County lawmakers to cut the recently passed county budget. One recommendation on how to do that is coming under fire, because it slashes a program designed to end homelessness among military veterans. The Supreme Court ruled Maryland was ...
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Despite having supported a move to remove the Confederate flag from specialty license plates issued by the state, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pushing back against efforts to change or remove official state symbols that have Confederate ties, including the state flag and ...
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In a ruling against the Washington Redskins, a federal judge says the nickname of the team "may disparage" Native Americans. Today's decision upholds an earlier ruling, revoking the team's federal trademark registration for the nickname. Judge Gerald Lee's ruling affirms an earlier decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which ...
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All liquor stores in Montgomery County are county-owned. It's the only jurisdiction in the D.C. region where that's the case, and that setup has been criticized for holding back efforts to expand nightlife. The county looked into that nightlife deficit two years ago, and now complaints from bars and restaurants following the release of a report are spurring politicians into ...
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Leaders in Montgomery and Prince George's counties have received a list of proposed changes to the Purple Line that would bring down the cost of the project. But don't expect any quick decisions on them. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says the list is very long and touches on just about every aspect of the proposed light rail line. It includes longer wait times be...
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Montgomery County lawmakers officially signed mandatory paid leave into law on Thursday afternoon, and one of their former colleagues joined them as they did. Long before he became the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez was a Montgomery County Councilman. He came back to his old stomping ground to celebrate the passage of a bill mandating paid sick leave for everyone in the...
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Metro Connection Segments Endangered Port Royal, Va. Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin ...
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Updated 6:30 a.m., June 30 Gov. Larry Hogan says the state of Maryland will move forward with building the Purple Line, but only if Montgomery and Prince George's counties put more money toward the rail transit project. Where that cash will come from, thoug...
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A common suburban sight in Maryland's Montgomery County — the parking lot — is disappearing as parts of the county become more urban. Politicians and developers say residents should get used to it. Many big public lots near shopping districts or public transportation hubs also happen to be on some of the most prime real estate in the county. Developers would rather turn ...
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a major shift in state transportation spending to prioritize the maintenance and expansion of roads and bridges over investment in mass transit projects. While unveiling plans to spend $2 billion on roads — including $845 million on entirely new projects — at an Annapolis news conference on Thursday, the governor finally revealed h...
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The Montgomery County Council has frozen the minimum wage for tipped workers in the county at $4 per hour, with the goal of keeping costs competitive for restaurant owners. Tipped workers — such as bartenders or wait staff — are paid a base wage lower than the minimum wage because the expecation is that tips will make up the difference. That rate is roughly half as much...