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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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A much awaited analysis of methods to improve Maryland's business climate is getting strong initial support from top lawmakers in the General Assembly. The Augustine Commission report lists five ways the state can improve it's business climate, including the creation of a state commerce secretary. Maryland already has a Department of Business and Economic Development, but Se...
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The state of Maryland is conducting safety inspections of 27 bridges that fit the profile of one along the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County. Earlier this week a piece of concrete fell off that bridge and hit a car on Suitland Road beneath it. The driver of the car that was struck by the falling concrete was not injured. Acting Maryland Transporation Secr...
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Marylanders under 18 currently require parental approval to use a tanning bed in Maryland. But state Sen. Jamie Raskin doesn't believe that's enough. "We don't have parental permission notes for people to smoke cigarettes when they're 15, 16 or 17," Raskin says, "and we don't get parental permission notes to go drinking in bars when you're 15, 16 or 17." The Montgo...
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A Maryland lawmaker wants to make it illegal within the state's borders to transport horse meat intended for human consumption. Slaughtering horses for meat is virtually outlawed in the United States, but Democratic Del. Jeff Waldstreicher of Montgomery County says carcasses of dead horses are be...
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Travel agencies are pushing back against a bill that would apply Maryland's sales and use tax to hotel bookings made through online travel sites.Democratic state Sen. Richard Madaleno introduced the bill, saying the current tax structure puts hotel chains such as Marriott and Choice — which both have headquarters in Montgomery County — at a disadvantage. That's no...
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Maryland's chief judge gave the first "State of the Judiciary" address in a decade on Wednesday. State of the Judiciary speeches are rare, but at the invitation of Senate President Mike Miller, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals Mary Ellen Barbera addressed a joint meeting of the state senate and house of delegates. "Studies show, and by now it is well un...
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Starting next school year, Montgomery County schools will open later each morning. After talking about it for decades, and seeing specific proposals the past two years, the county's Board of Education approved moving the start time back 20 minutes each day at high schools and middle schools, and 10 minutes at elementary schools. Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr say...
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Later this morning, the Montgomery County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on whether to move back the start of class each day for high schools. The board has before it four different proposals from outgoing superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr, who's recommended that if the board decide to shift the start times, it adopt a change that will cost the system less than $10 mi...
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Montgomery County is poised to ban the sale of dogs and cats raised in "puppy mills" at commercial pet stores. The final vote by the county council won't come until the beginning of next month, but Council President George Leventhal expects his bill, which would mandate commercial pet stores only sell cats and dogs that have been rescued or came from shelters, to pass easily...
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The measles outbreak affecting parts of the United States has not hit Maryland. In fact, there's only been one reported case of measles in the D.C. region: Last week the D.C. Department of Health ...
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As a Republican, Gov. Larry Hogan must work with Democrats who control both branches of the General Assembly. But during his state of the state address last week, he told lawmakers one area on which he would not budge. "You may have different ideas and solutions. And we look...
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Supporters of a measure that aims to protect rape victims and their children believe this is the year it will finally clear the Maryland General Assembly. Democratic Sen. Jamie Raskin of Montgomery County says his bill would allow "women who get pregnant as the result of rape, and decide to continue with their pregnancy, to petition a court to terminate all paternity rights of...
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A Republican lawmaker from Maryland thinks he has the solution to heavy traffic crossing the Bay Bridge. Del. Tony McConkey says the following scenario happens a lot during the summer when people travel to Ocean City and beach resorts in Delaware: "Friday night, my district runs from the Bay Bridge to the Prince George's County line," McConkey says, "and I have see...
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Opponents of fracking in Maryland are pushing for a moratorium on the practice for the rest of the decade. But they face an uphill challenge, as proponents of fracking — who say it will bring jobs and economic development to an area of Maryland desperately in need of both — have the support of the state's new governor. A commission formed by former governor Martin O'Mall...
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For the first time, the Maryland General Assembly will have a Latino legislative caucus. State Sen. Victor Ramirez (D-Prince George's) first started serving in Annapolis in 2003. The native of El Salvador is starting his second term in the Senate after serving two terms in the House of Delegates, and is now one of the six members of the original Latino caucus and the only se...
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Gov. Larry Hogan outlined four tax cut proposals during his first State of the State address, and one could have a big impact on transportation projects. Starting next year, the state's gas tax will be tied to the consumer price index — meaning that if inflation goes up, ...
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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's maiden State of the State address was not met with enthusiasm by leading Democrats in Maryland's legislature. Hogan wants to repeal the stormwater management fee, which critics have called the "rain tax," as well as income tax on pensions for veterans and first responders. He's also proposed ending the consumer price indexing of the gas tax, whi...
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Maryland's largest public school system is looking for a new leader, and definitive answers as to why the previous one is resigning are still lacking. In announcing his resignation with four months left to go on his contract, Montgomery County Schools Supe...
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Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr is resigning, leaving his post four months before his contract was up. Starr left after it became apparent support on the county Board of Education wasn't there to bring him back. Starr's resignation is effective February 16. Under an agreement he reached with the board, he will receive all pay and benefits even thou...