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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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This week, O'Malley signed a bill that directs money from slot machine casinos to race tracks in the state, allowing them to run their normal racing schedules. And while he's happy it was done, O'Malley says it's not the final answer."Seems like every year we step up in order to secure racing for another year. I'm looking forward to that day that we step up and secure racing ...
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Cutting school funding gained more and more traction as the deadline approached for the Montgomery County Council to approve the 2012 budget, which cuts a total of $300 million dollars from the current year's plan.Many of the school cuts will affect the benefit packages for employees, who previously were excluded from similar cuts that other county workers were facing. County E...
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Because of state law, cutting the school budget is difficult, but council members did it in part to appease other county agencies and workers, who felt the schools and their employees were getting off light.Council president Valerie Ervin says the cuts to the school budget will not affect classrooms."It is time for all of us to live within our means,” she says. “This...
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Starr earned a reputation for being combative with school board members and parents while superintendent in Stamford, Connecticut. He doesn't run from that label."As David Humes said 'Truth springs from arguments among friends,'" Starr says in an interview. "And in order to do this job well, you have to be honest, and you have to be engaged in discussing really really difficult...
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Opponents are mounting a petition drive that must gather more than 55,000 signatures by the end of June in order to force a referendum on the bill, which has been dubbed "Maryland's DREAM Act" after a similar bill in the U.S. Congress that failed in 2010.If petitioners succeed, voters will decide the bill's fate in the fall of 2012.A successful petition would also stop t...
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Many of his colleagues in Connecticut criticized Starr for lacking "people skills," and, at times, being very combative to get things done his way. Starr doesn't dispute that."I've certainly have been known to fight for what I believe is right, and you can call that what you may," he says. "But when you're superintendent of public schools, you need to make a strong case for wha...
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To be eligible, the undocumented immigrant must have graduated from a Maryland high school, and their parents must prove they have paid state taxes for at least three years.O'Malley touted the benefits for the state before he signed the bill into law at the Statehouse."This will allow us to have a more highly educated work force, which is a good thing for all of us," he ...
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The Montgomery County Council, County Executive Isiah Leggett, and union leaders have about a week to agree to cuts to employee health care and benefit packages. School employees will be part of the cuts, even though they had been left alone in county executive Isiah Leggett's original plan.The council yesterday ...
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The County Council voted down County Executive Isiah Leggett's proposals to cut costs by cutting health care and benefit packages for unionized employees.It was sweet music to the ears of Gino Renne, the president of the local Municipal and County Government Employees Organization."Well what this means is that we're still alive," Renne says.Cuts are still coming, ...
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Williams will address the media today, but in a statement released by the school Thursday, he said it was the "right time" for him to step down.When Williams took over at his alma mater in 1989, the school's basketball program was in turmoil. The 1986 drug-related death of star player Len Bias led to the resignation of then coach Lefty Driesell. He was replaced by Bob Wade, who...
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The proposed bus lines aren't the traditional routes you see now. They would be rapid buses that would use county roads but have their own lanes, so stopping because of traffic would be minimal.And the buses look different too. They're low to the ground, resembling something that looks more like a rail car, according to Michael Flood, with the consulting firm Parsons Brinckerho...
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The program is called Secure Communities, and under it, the fingerprints of anyone arrested are sent to federal immigration authorities.If a detained person is undocumented, they can be deported based on the severity of the crime they are alleged to have committed. Members of the immigrant rights group Casa De Maryland held a press conference outside the council building in Ro...
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The cost per bag is five cents, and it applies to both paper and plastic models. Bags given to customers for prescription drugs, or at restaurants to carry home leftovers, are excluded.The tax mirrors one that went into effect in D.C. in January 2010. The District government collected roughly $2 million from the tax in 2010, although that number ...
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The County Council passed the measure 8-1, meaning a 5 cent tax on each paper or plastic take-out bag from nearly all stores will be imposed at the start of 2012.Council Vice President Roger Berliner said he and his colleagues heard a lot from their D.C. counterparts about the city...
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As the economy soured, all agencies in Montgomery County saw some sort of cuts to their budgets. The school system never did, however, because of a state law that requires counties to spend more on their schools every year.But this year, state lawmakers gave Montgomery County a one-year reprieve from penalties for not adhering to the law, and county council president Valerie E...
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Kweisi Mfume had a very contentious relationship with Schaefer at first. As a Baltimore Council member, Mfume frequently clashed with the strong-willed mayor.Slowly that changed, with Mfume saying they had their first civil conversation in seven years in 1986, when Schaefer was preparing to be governor, and Mfume was heading to Congress."And we both agreed that if didn't...
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Montgomery County police officers will accept the drugs at police stations in Rockville, Germantown, and Bethesda on Saturday.Localities across the country will participate in an effort to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs this weekend as part of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency's "Drug Take-Back Day."Officer Janelle Smith of MCPD says they will take any med...
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While he served two terms as both governor and comptroller, Schaefer will be remembered most for the four terms he spent as mayor of Maryland's biggest city.And that was primarily the focus for those who eulogized him. That, and his legendary impatience and temper.Lainey Lebow-Sachs was a longtime aide and friend to Schaefer and was with him when he died April 18 at the ...