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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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Later this week, the Prince George's County Council will vote on whether to significantly hike property taxes to put more money into the county's public school system. County Executive Rushern Baker wants a sharp increase in property taxes to the tune of 15 cents more for every $100 of assessed property value. Baker says he knew there would be a lot of pushback since no one ...
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On May 30, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will announce whether he'll run for president. More signs are pointing to an O'Malley run for the nation's top office. He'll announce his decision at an event in Baltimore. Then later that day, he's scheduled to travel to Iowa, the state that votes first in the long presidential nominating process. Should O'Malley fol...
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Things had been looking gloomy for supporters of the Purple Line in Maryland, but after meeting with Gov. Larry Hogan at the statehouse, the leaders of the two counties where the proposed light rail line would run sound optimistic. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett called the roughly 30-minute meeting with the governor "productive," because it focused on the benefits...
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Now that Larry Bowers has been appointed to remain as acting superintendent of Montgomery County Schools for another year, he'll be dealing with Gov. Larry Hogan's decision not to spend dollars set aside by the General Assembly to fully fund a formula that benefits large sc...
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In Maryland, Larry Bowers has been upgraded from "acting" superintendent of Montgomery County schools to "interim" superintendent. Bowers has been serving as the acting superintendent since February when Dr. Joshua Starr resigned. Unable yet to find a permanent replacement for Starr, the county board of education decided to extend Bowers as "interim" superintendent for one y...
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The search for a new superintendent of schools in Montgomery County will continue for another year. The Maryland county's Board of Education will appoint an interim superintendent for one year Wednesday afternoon, and it is expected to be Larry Bowers, who has been serving in that job since February. Bowers took over for Dr. Joshua Starr, who ...
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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the state of Maryland illegally double-taxed residents who pay income taxes to other states. A 5-4 decision by the nation's top court upheld a lower court ruling that Maryland residents who earn income in other states and therefore must pay income taxes to those states receive tax credits on whatever local income tax they pay in Maryland. The...
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The Montgomery County Board of Education will not get its "preferred" choice to be the next schools superintendent. Last week, the school board identified Dr. Andrew Houlihan, the chief academic officer of the Houston Independent School District in Texas, ...
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The Purple Line isn't the only major decision Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has to make by the end of month. He must also decide whether to sign or veto several bills passed by the General Assembly. The Purple Line is at the front of many people's minds, particularly in the D.C. suburbs of Montgomery and Prince George's counties, the two most populous jurisdictions in Maryland. ...
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The Montgomery County Board of Education hasn't yet picked a new schools superintendent, but a "preferred" candidate has been chosen. Dr. Andrew Houlihan, currently the chief academic officer for the Houston Independent School District in Texas, is the board's preferred pick to the be the next superintendent. That doesn't mean Houlihan has been offered the job, j...
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Websites like Airbnb and Loft are transforming how people book rooms when they travel, as houses or parts of them can be rented for days or weeks at a time. But local governments in the area say what operates like a hotel needs to be taxed like a hotel. Airbnb, the most popular of these sites, reached an agreement with D.C. officials earlier this year to charge the city's ho...
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On July 1, tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, on the Intercounty Connector and at tunnels and roads north of Baltimore all will drop, but one of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's most frequent critics in Annapolis doesn't like the scale of the cuts and says that they were politically motivated. Hogan, a Republican, has ...
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A group of state lawmakers in Maryland looking at police accountability measures will likely push for independent prosecutors to handle cases where an officer faces serious charges. Prince George's County Senator Victor Ramirez is part of the group that was formed following the unrest in Baltimore after the death and funeral of Freddie Gray, who suffered fatal injuries while...
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Police departments across the state of Maryland can now issue body cameras to their officers without fear of running afoul of the state's wiretapping law. On a day when he signed 350 bills — which he said was a record — Gov. Larry Hogan put his John Hancock on two that create exceptions in the wiretapping law that will allow police to record both video and audio with bod...
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A decision from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan regarding the Purple Line could come any day now, and one top official in the counties where the proposed light-rail line would run isn't feeling great about its chances. Gov. Hogan has been critical of the cost of the Purple Line as he and his administration review whether to build it. His transportation secretary Pete Rahn met with...
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Maryland's attorney general says an "equality" measure passed by the General Assembly actually creates a very specific "inequality." The bill in question deals with a particular disparity in health-insurance coverage for lesbian couples. Appearing on WAMU's The Politics Hour Friday, Attorn...
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Cities, counties, and states across the U.S. are beginning to levy taxes on electronic cigarettes similar to what is already charged on traditional cigarettes. The state of Maryland is not — for now — but its most populous county is ready to. The Montgomery County Council is working quickly to impose an excise tax on e-cigarettes. The speed with which Council members ar...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he'll use $20 million from the state's rainy day fund to help rebuild areas of Baltimore that were devastated by the unrest following the death and funeral of Freddy Gray. Hogan is also encouraging businesses, if they're able, to contribute to the rebuilding. "First we have the 250 stores that were either burned down, ransacked, looted, or dam...
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Updated 6:50 a.m., May 6 The General Assembly has been adjourned for almost a month, but Democrats in Maryland are still pressuring Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to release funding for public education. In his first budget proposal, Hogan did not fully fund an education funding formula called GCEI, the Geographic Cost of Education Index. It gives more money ...
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The Montgomery County executive and county council are fighting over budget items. Among them: money for the county's newly created public election fund. The state of Maryland already has public financing for gubernatorial candidates. Last year, Larry Hogan became the first person to win the governorship using public funds. Montgomery County will have the same option for can...