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FREDERICK’S CITY ‘HOTEL CONTAGION’ SPREADS: Maryland Policy Report

A review by the author of the Frederick County hotel development incentive  program published by the Maryland Public Policy Institute: IN AN EFFORT TO OPEN COUNTY COFFERS TO HELP FUND THE HAPLESS Frederick City–sponsored Downtown Hotel & Conference Center project, … Continue reading

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Minority makes mockery of established parliamentary procedures (email to delegates, senators)

Dear Delegate/Senator: Reported in the Frederick News-Post this morning is an effort by a minority of Frederick County delegates to fund a Frederick conference center boondoggle through parliamentary trickery. Bills to enable the Maryland Stadium Authority to fund a Downtown Conference … Continue reading

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Sneaky backroom dealings to thwart win in regular appropriations process

Email: Dear Delegate/Senator: Reported in the Frederick News-Post this morning is an effort by a minority of Frederick County delegates to fund a Frederick conference center boondoggle through parliamentary trickery. Bills to enable the Maryland Stadium Authority to fund a … Continue reading

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SB1038: LETTER TO THE MAYOR

Mr Mayor: you said during your address in Annapolis to the Senate Finance Committee March 22 on SB1038: “We know there are concerns and we are trying to address those concerns as they come to us.” One concern you have … Continue reading

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‘Shambles’ (LTE Frederick News-Post

Sir: The city’s downtown hotel project is a shambles. Bills HB 1474 and SB 1038 to enable the Maryland Stadium Authority to adopt the hotel project in Frederick have been shelved for the 2016 session of the General Assembly. Twenty-million … Continue reading

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Senator Astle: I wish I could have intervened to say ‘You’re right, Sir’

Letter to Senator John Astle, vice-chair Senate Finance Committee, longtime senator representing Anne Arundel Co: Sir: I wish I could have intervened to confirm your line of reasoning at the very end of the Senate Finance Committee

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MSA-dictated bill SB1038 at odds with project as presented to citizens of Frederick (Senate testimony)

Senators: the City of Frederick’s Downtown Hotel and Conference Center project should not be referred to the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) for financing at this time. As presently constituted the project is a bloated mess, undeserving of $20 million of … Continue reading

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Wasteful bloat — for Senate Finance Committee testimony, 2016-03-22

Senators: the City of Frederick’s Downtown Hotel and Conference Center project should not be referred to the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) for financing at this time. As presently constituted the project is a bloated mess, undeserving of $20 million of … Continue reading

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Tuesday in Annapolis — reflections posted to FoFC FB page

Some thoughts on Tuesday afternoon in Annapolis at the House Appropriations Committee. The boosters’ best performer on the day was Del Karen Young – fluent, enthusiastic and apparently convinced that this project will be “transformative.” Most of the rest of … Continue reading

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Seven years old, changing like a chameleon, the one constant being 18 months from breaking ground… (Speaking notes, House Appropriations Committee, Annapolis)

Delegates: We have been told again and again by City officials that taxpayers are not on the hook for this project, that taxpayers won’t be liable for any losses and that they are not at risk. This was somehow going to … Continue reading

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