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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Maryland Property Taxes Unmoved, At Least For Now

Maryland has decided to keep the property tax rate where it is for now, but officials warn that debt service obligations will likely force the state's hand in the next several years.

'Doomsday Clock' Counts Days Until Maryland Budget Cuts

With a special session on the budget still out of sight, Maryland state employees have created a 'Doomsday Clock,' to count the days until the automatic cuts hit on July 1.

Analysis: Hearings On GSA Abound, Conference Scrutiny Expands

The spending scandal plaguing the GSA just won't go away, and now some other agencies could be caught in the crossfire. GovExec senior correspondent Charles Clark talks about the latest in the ongoing saga.

Housing Advocates Plan Protest At Wilson Building

Affordable housing advocates will descend on D.C. city hall this evening to call for more housing funding from the D.C. government.

Virginia's Supreme Court Considers Alexandria's Wales Alley Fight

The fight over Wales Alley in Alexandria continues in Virginia Supreme Court today; the Old Dominion Boat Club is hoping the court upholds a ruling that a restaurant's patio unfairly blocks its members' access to the water.

In Time For Earth Day, Bill Aims To Make D.C. Greener

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is pushing an energy-efficient agenda leading up to Earth Day.

Metro Pulls 100 Buses From Service After Two Fires

Metro is taking 100 buses out of commission after two fires started on one particular model of bus within one week.

Montgomery County Council Disputes Schools' Job Cuts Claims

Budget talks are heating up in Montgomery County, and some council members would like to see more austerity from the school system.

Virginia Researchers Make Inroads On Autism Treatment

Virginia researchers have had some success treating a severe form of autism amongst lab mice using bone marrow transplants — which they hope to eventually replicate in human patients.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

DC Vote Renews Push For Budget Autonomy On Capitol Hill

Activists turned up at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to renew the battle for budget autonomy, as the looming specter of government shutdown prompts more residents to action.

Chesapeake Bay Health Gets D+ For 2011

Prompted by rainy conditions and excessive run-off, the environmental rating for the Chesapeake Bay fell off in 2011, according to the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science.

Property Tax Hike Likely In Montgomery County

The proposed budget in Montgomery County includes a bump to property taxes, but some in the county council would prefer to increase revenues by targeting tax credits instead.

Benefits Of Tech Transfer Outweigh Costs For Virginia Universities

Despite criticism that schools with Tech Transfer programs are chasing big paydays that will never come, officials at Virginia universities say the other benefits of fostering innovation still outweigh the costs.

Nine Virginia Governors Attend Conference At UVA

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership plays host to nine Virginia governors Tuesday night -- from Bob McDonnell and Tim Kaine all the way back to Linwood Holton.

Not-So-Bitter Pill: Fairfax Offers Prescription Disposal

Don't hold on to or flush those old prescriptions in your medicine cabinet -- Fairfax County has instituted 'Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout' this week to dispose of old drugs properly.

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