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Our Shared Belief in Dignity, June 13th, 2014

June is LGBT Pride month, an opportunity for us to reaffirm our commitment to celebrating and protecting the dignity of every individual in Maryland. As Marylanders, we believe that love is an unalienable right. We believe that the way forward is always to be found through greater respect for the equal rights of all of our  Read the Rest…

Celebrating our Shared Heritage, June 9th, 2014

This June, we celebrate the first Immigrant Heritage Month, an opportunity to reflect on the rich immigrant tradition that has long fueled our nation’s enterprising spirit. It’s that spirit that continues to bring millions from around the world to our shores today. With the help of partners and advocates, we passed the DREAM Act to educate  Read the Rest…

Realizing the Dream, January 20th, 2014

Today I join the people of Maryland, and the entire nation, in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. Dr. King’s enduring legacy of fighting for civil rights, workers’ rights, and economic justice was written in far too short a time, but we strive to carry on his memory and work every day here in  Read the Rest…

Season’s Greetings and Open House Invitation, December 5th, 2013

Please join us at our Holiday Open House * Saturday, December 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 At Government House, Annapolis MD Annapolis Parking and Shuttle Service from Naval Stadium Lot (Rowe Blvd. and Taylor Ave.) * Please check this page in the event of postponement or cancellation due to weather.   Dear Friends, Happy Holidays! This season is  Read the Rest…

Honoring Our Veterans with a Commitment to Full Employment, November 8th, 2013

Supporting Maryland’s more than 440,000 veterans, and reducing unemployment within this invaluable community, is one of our highest priorities as a state.  After facing so many barriers to protect us in the U.S. and abroad, these individuals should never come home and face barriers to supporting themselves and their families. That’s why the Veteran’s Full  Read the Rest…

A Temporary Shutdown of Federal Business Growth, October 9th, 2013

At the Elkridge offices of cybsecurity firm Accuvant, Frank McLallen is in a holding pattern.  As the Accuvant vice president in charge of the firm’s public sector contracting work, he was supposed to be hiring right now – as many as 40 or 50 people over the next nine months.

Today, in the midst of an ongoing government shutdown, those plans are “absolutely on ice,” said McLallen. “We’re not going to be bringing people on board into the unknown.”

Breakthrough or Breakdown?, October 8th, 2013

Fyodor Biotechnologies Corp. is on the precipice of a breakthrough in investigating sources of fever, other than malaria, in developing countries. Chairman and CEO Dr. Eddy Agbo was thrilled when he received word, only last week, of a National Science Foundation grant for their work. But before they could even process the payment, our federal government needlessly shut down.

The Shutdown: “A Significant and Severe Hardship”, October 7th, 2013

After a half-decade of economic recession and recovery, there was “finally light at the end of the tunnel,” said Cidalia Luis-Akbar, who owns and runs M. Luis Construction with her sister Natalia Luis.

Then the federal government shut down. Instead of light, they faced more economic darkness.

“Every day we’re out here taking risk. We’re making financial decisions based on a feeling that we’re finally starting to get out of the financial difficulty we’ve felt for five years,” Luis-Akbar said. “But this is terrifying. It’s scary out here now.”

Maryland Association of Counties, August 17th, 2013

Ocean City, MD As Prepared for Delivery Good morning, MACo! Thank you, Rick, for that kind introduction, and for your courageous leadership. Today I am announcing the appointment of your President Rick Politt, as well as Howard County’s (Chief Administrative Officer) Lonnie Robbins to be MACo representative on the Local and Regional Transportation Funding Task  Read the Rest…

Statement from Governor Martin O’Malley on US Supreme Court Rulings on Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8, June 26th, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley released the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8: “Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional as applied to states that recognize equal marriage rights. “This ruling is a powerful step forward  Read the Rest…