September 20, 2017
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    School Construction

    By County Executive Steve Schuh
    Three years ago, we promised a major acceleration in our county’s school construction efforts, and it is a promise we have kept.
    We are now far along in the largest school construction effort in county history. In the current six-year plan, we have allocated $764 million to school...
  • Being Comptroller Is More Than Just Collecting Taxes

    By Peter Franchot
    In my travels across Maryland, many people lightheartedly call me the “tax man.” It’s a job description that ranks right up there in popularity with a telemarketer, a baseball umpire or a parking enforcement officer.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love being your comptroller, but...
  • Hiding History Doesn’t Change It

    By Delegate Michael Malone
    My family and I recently traveled to South Carolina on vacation. The night before the eclipse, we stood on the Battery in Charleston. After the events in Charlottesville and elsewhere, it was a bit surreal gazing across the harbor to Fort Sumter, the site of the first shot of the Civil War. My wife...
  • Why Is There A Sheriff’s Office?

    By Ron Bateman
    To answer that question, I need to start with our heritage. The Sheriff’s Office is the oldest office outside of the king and queen, starting first in St. Mary’s County in 1649 and then in Anne Arundel County in 1650. To put that in perspective, the Anne Arundel County Police Department...
  • The Character Of The County Is In The Character Of Its People

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    One of the subtle enjoyments of a county councilman is knowing and working with many citizens of good will and commitment to the community. And while there are a few admirable elected and appointed officials, there are even more dedicated and good-hearted members of our community who give selflessly of their time, talent and treasure to community projects and programs simply because they find fulfillment in being servants to others and being stewards of what our founding fathers called the “blessings of liberty.”

    I have been privileged to listen to and learn from many of these community leaders and activists and have developed a deep regard for their service and a hope that...
  • An Upgrade To Cox Creek

    By County Executive Steve Schuh
    Recently, our county celebrated a huge milestone: the completion of the $141 million upgrade to Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Pasadena. Elected officials past and present gathered on July 12 as we highlighted this major achievement to improve the water quality in and around North County.

    It is a project envisioned by former Governor Bob Ehrlich when he proposed and signed into law the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act in 2004. Across Maryland at that time, water reclamation facilities were outdated and not adequately cleaning the water flowing into the bay and its tributaries. Slowly but surely, algae blooms caused by large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous were choking the...
  • FTA Amnesty Program Proves Successful

    By Sheriff Ron Bateman
    I told you it wasn’t a sting! It was the county’s first Failure to Appear Warrant Amnesty Day and it was a huge success! I must give a big shout out to our partners. Without them, this would have never been a success. Let me recognize the public defender’s office, the States Attorney’s Office, the Division of Parole & Probation, the hardworking staff at the Annapolis District Court and, of course, your Sheriff’s Office.

    Just to recap, roughly 70 percent of all our warrants are for people who have been arrested for a crime but fail to appear (FTA) for their scheduled court date. When this occurs, the courts issue a second warrant for their absence in...
  • Enjoy A Longer Summer, Shop Tax-Free And Win A Scholarship

    By Peter Franchot
    In years past, the start of August meant counting down the waning days of summer – a final family trip to Ocean City or Deep Creek Lake, a few more afternoons cooling off at the pool, one last visit to Camden Yards or the Maryland Zoo, and the inevitable last-minute back-to-school shopping...
  • Letter To The Editor: Climate Change

    By WISE
    There is an international and interdisciplinary consensus that climate change is impacting every facet of society. Politicians who are unsure about climate change, or who lack the political will to address its causes and effects, distract and detract from concrete steps we need to take to protect...
  • Letter To The Editor: The Global Demise Of PolioExclusive

    At the 2017 Rotary International Convention in June, Rotary’s most recent fundraising efforts were made public and reported by major network news entities. According to our partner, the Gates Foundation, in a speech to Rotarians at the convention, Bill Gates and Rotary President John Germ...
  • A Look Inside This Year’s Budget

    By Steve Schuh
    If there is one word to describe this year’s budget season, it would be “inclusive.”
    Our process commenced in February and March when we began meeting with the public to better understand their priorities. At two town halls, our departments met face to face with constituents from...
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  • Following So-And-So Off A Cliff

    By Delegate Michael Malone
    My wife and I have four children, so it's not terribly uncommon to overhear something like:
    Parent: I can't believe you did X.
    Child: So-and-so did it first.
    Parent: If so-and-so jumped off a cliff, would you follow him?
    Democratic leaders in Maryland seem to think it's OK...
  • Recognizing Maryland’s Bright Lights

    By Peter Franchot
    In my travels across our great state, I have been fortunate to visit some of the great businesses that are headquartered in Maryland. We’re home to Fortune 500 companies like Lockheed Martin and Marriott International, and to global brands like JoS. A. Bank, STX and Under Armour.
    Of course,...

    How Motocross Will Change Our County’s Criminal Justice System

    By Sheriff Ron Bateman
    Motocross is a sport that leads to many injuries no matter how good you are. It just can’t be avoided. Anyone who has ever ridden knows this painful reality, but the fun of it all keeps you ridding. Once in your blood, it’s a sport you never seem to grow out of. Sorry, Mom. I have the...
  • Letter To The Editor: Agree To Disagree

    By WISE
    Everyone in Severna Park knows if you attend any social function, you will most likely know the intimate details of the host’s kitchen backsplash remodel, everyone’s vacation plans, and where to find a sale for those earrings or shoes your friends were wearing. What won’t be...
  • Hit A Home Run This Summer At Maryland’s Craft Breweries

    By Peter Franchot
    As summertime approaches, I can’t think of two things that go better together on a sweltering day than baseball and cold beer.
    And Maryland is home to the best of both – the Orioles are one of the top teams in the American League and craft brewers from the mountains of Western Maryland...
  • Does Anne Arundel County Budget Backwards?

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    May is budget month for the government of Anne Arundel County. The operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) is expected to be just over $1.5 billion.
    Raise your hand if you think this is a lot of money. Me too.
    And in one way or another, it all comes from the taxpayers of the county by...
  • Special Arrest Warrant Reduction Initiative

    By Sheriff Ron Bateman
    My office has taken great pride in developing unique ways to reduce the number of arrest warrants in Anne Arundel County. Besides using traditional methods, we have initiated creative arrest stings designed to fool criminals; conducted multiagency, large-scale arrest sweeps; showcased wanted people...
  • Hit A Home Run This Summer At Maryland’s Craft Breweries

    By Peter Franchot
    As summertime approaches, I can’t think of two things that go better together on a sweltering day than baseball and cold beer.
    And Maryland is home to the best of both – the Orioles are one of the top teams in the American League and craft brewers from the mountains of Western Maryland...
  • Letter To The Editor: The Rise And Demise Of The Preservation-Oriented Development Bill, 94-16

    By Anonymous
    The land, streams, rivers and the bay in Anne Arundel County have existed for centuries. Mother Nature developed the county and maintained it as a perfect place to live. The government was formed to protect the land and the people who live here. They wrote a code to provide that protection. They...

    WISE Town Hall Generates Discussion Between Citizens And Elected Officials

    By Dylan Roche
    About 300 people made their way inside Woods Memorial Church on the evening of Monday, May 15, for the first District 33 town hall hosted by WISE (Women Indivisible Strong Effective), a newly formed grassroots activism group that, per its mission statement, “provides a platform for diverse...

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