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“War On Rural Maryland”

January 8th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

On the eve of the start of the 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly- Senate President Mike Miller told WCBC News that if those in western Maryland feel they have been ignored by Annapolis in recent years- they have only themselves to blame. Local lawmakers in recent years have talked about what they call a “war on rural Maryland” feeling that issues and concerns of the state’s smaller, rural counties are getting no serious discussion down state. Miller, a democrat who represents Prince Georges County, said Allegany County essentially paved the way for the current situation by voting Speaker of the House Casper Taylor, a Cumberland native, out of office 12 years ago. Taylor, was defeated by political newcomer Leroy Myers in 2002. Miller said he believes local voters were under the mistaken impression that Myers would become speaker of the house if he were elected to Taylor’s 1C seat.  As a result, Miller says many of the major economic development projects that were in part initiated by Taylor have fallen off the radar in the past decade…


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