Top Democrats Back Estate Tax Reduction, Ditching Maryland's Health Exchange and Minimum Wage Campaign Ploy: MD Political Roundup

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State Senate Presiden Thomas V. Mike Miller backs a reduction of the state's estate tax. Credit: Patch File Photo
State Senate Presiden Thomas V. Mike Miller backs a reduction of the state's estate tax. Credit: Patch File Photo

Top Democrats Back Estate Tax Reduction 

Capital Gazette: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch said they support reducing Maryland's estate tax to the federal level. The tax is charged to estate's for the transfer of property valued at more than $1 million. 

Republicans Oppose Health Care Exchange Fix 

The Daily Record: Dels. Susan Krebs and Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio oppose legislation proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration intended to help people who thought they purchased insurance through the state exchange website, but were not able to because of glitches with the system. 

Democrats Advocate Maryland Ditch Health Care Exchange

Baltimore Sun: Rep. John Delaney and Del. Heather Mizeur both are advocating the state drop is problem plagued heath care exchange website and use the federal site, which hampered with it's own problems initially, is now running much more smoothly. 

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Calls Minimum Wage Increase Campaign Ploy 

(Easton) Star Democrat: Del. Ron George, R-Anne Arundel County, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, told a political club that raising the minimum wage is a ploy by Democrats to avoid defeat in November. 

Sen. Shank's Bills Limit Drone Surveillance

(Hagerstown) Herald-Mail: State Sen. Christopher Shank, R-Washington County, plans to introduce bills he said will limit the ability of police to monitor emails, track resident's locations via cellphone towers and use drones for surveillance. 

Bill Seeks to Stop Maryland's Exiting Standardized Testing 

Maryland Reporter: Del. Eric Luedtke, D-Montgomery County, has sponsored a bill requesting a federal waiver from administering the Maryland Student Assessment because it tests students on material they are not being taught in the classroom.   



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