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Saturday, January 03, 2004

Maryland Off the Beaten Track

The Capital (Annapolis) reports that Mayor Ellen Moyer is going to take the city into the internet age and its sister publication the Maryland Gazette reports that Maryland has been returning more than a million dollars to the federal government that should have gone to helping the neediest.

“Over the past two years, Maryland has returned $1.45 million in federal money meant to feed poor women and children in Anne Arundel County and throughout the state, according to a study by a lawmaker.

Thirty-eight percent of county residents eligible for aid from the Women, Infants and Children program are not enrolled - one of the highest percentages in the state.

Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons, D-Montgomery, found that over the last 23 years, Maryland returned more than $22 million allocated by Congress for the program.”

The Star-Democrat ran a piece from the Capital News Service that briefly touches on what Governor and the Legislature might do in the upcoming session.

Speaking of candidates against incumbents, Robert Rhudy is challenging Rep. Bartlett in Maryland’s 6th according to the Frederick News Post, in what must surely be an uphill race.

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