Keep Post-Labor Day School Start In Place

Keep Post-Labor Day School Start In Place

Legislators need to look no further than Worcester County to conclude a post-Labor Day school start does not harm public school students or educators.Senate Bill 128 seeks to repeal the mandate signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan in 2016. It reads, “requiring each county board to set the start date and end date of… Read more »

What Others Are Saying: Education Changes Would Be Alarming

What Others Are Saying: Education Changes Would Be Alarming

(Editor’s Note: The following commentary was submitted by Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino.)A threat looms over the horizon.Earlier this month I attended the annual Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) conference held in Cambridge. One of the conference sessions entitled “Keeping Up with Kirwan,” was an update on the Kirwan Commission’s progress. What was said was… Read more »

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk – January 4, 2019

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk – January 4, 2019

With the first issue of 2019, here are some predictions for the next 12 months. Like most years, I will be wrong on many and right on some. Nonetheless, it’s a fun exercise.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________•A U.S. District Court judge will rule for Ocean City in the ongoing challenge of the 2017 emergency ordinance that banned women from… Read more »

Post-Election Year Ripe For Tax Hikes

Post-Election Year Ripe For Tax Hikes

The year after an election routinely brings tax increases for local property owners.It’s an unfortunate tactic elected officials employ to avoid consequences at the ballot box from voters. The idea is voters will not remember three years from now their taxes were increased. Even if they do recall the decision, enough years will have gone… Read more »

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk – December 28, 2018

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk – December 28, 2018

For the last issue of the year, it’s an opportune time to look back on the predictions I made one year ago for 2018. Next week I take another stab at the news that will make headlines in 2019.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Right On The Money•Republican Gov. Larry Hogan did cruise to re-election as I thought he would. However,… Read more »