Ransom: Lawyers like the lucrative medical malpractice status quo? Shocking.

In a recent misguided op-ed, attorney Ellen Flynn attacks the Infant Lifetime Care Trust by asserting that it would increase rates for “everyone who pays health insurance premiums and by taxpayers who pay for Medicaid and Medicare.” What she conveniently ignores is that under Maryland’s medical rate-setting system the cost of malpractice judgments is already borne by Maryland’s taxpayers. With every new judgment, hospital insurance costs go up. When that happens, medical care becomes more expensive and rates are adjusted to partially offset the higher cost of care. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Maryland legislative round-up - Education funding edition

Democratic lawmakers raised the education funding stakes Thursday, when they lobbed a $2.6 billion sales tax hike smack into the middle of the discussion on how to pay for reforms recommended from the state’s Kirwan Commission. And it was about time. There is simply no way the other revenue-raising efforts being considered in Annapolis were going to cover the $4 billion annual bill Kirwan will require after full implementation in a decade. (Balt. Sun)

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Brodie: Learning from the past to forge a future for Harborplace

There are days when the summer sunlight seems to dance on the water of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. July 2, 1980, was definitely one of those days. That was the day that Harborplace opened. Of the multitude gathered there, some came walking from neighborhoods like Federal Hill and Sharp-Leadenhall, others by auto and still others arriving on a wooden replica of a 19th-century ship. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Queresh & McClellan: State continues to ignore court order to properly fund Baltimore schools

As the Maryland legislature begins its official review of the Kirwan Commission recommendations for legislation that would provide additional support for Maryland’s public schools, it’s important to remember how we got here. More than 20 years ago, the Circuit Court for Baltimore City held in Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education that Maryland’s constitution requires the state to ensure that all children receive an adequate education. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Will Baltimore see another Legg Mason?

The mutual fund industry has been caught in such a consolidation spree that the acquisition of Baltimore’s venerable Legg Mason was probably inevitable. Still, the announcement Tuesday by Franklin Resources, Inc. that it is acquiring Legg for a $4.5 billion cash deal was a sad day for many in Charm City. Not all, of course: Shareholders will be getting a nice payday. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Jailhouse informants - Lying for leniency?

Jailhouse informants can be powerful witnesses in helping to make a difficult case, but too often, those with questionable motives and a loose relationship with the truth have been given way too much influence over criminal cases — and the fate of people’s lives. Their false finger pointing and outright lies have resulted in innocent people winding up in prison, or, in the worst cases, sentenced to death row. (Balt. Sun)

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Matthews: Why are average students stuck in the dullest high school courses?

I became an education reporter because I wanted to know why so few high schools were giving their average students challenging assignments. The best students were often allowed into Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. But college level work for the rest of the students was a no-no. Putting “C” students into AP felt on those campuses like a cultural gaffe, the equivalent of holding the senior prom in March. (Wash. Post)

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Satin: Costly birth injury malpractice judgments threaten Maryland obstetric care

Flynn contends that the bill is an attempt to unfairly shield hospitals and doctors from malpractice lawsuits. This contention is disappointing and could not be further from the truth. This bill to establish an Infant Lifetime Care Trust is necessary to deal with the explosive growth in malpractice judgments in Maryland, at a rate that far outstrips the rest of the country: Over the same period, Maryland claim amounts increased by more than 300% while claims in all other states went up by 50%. (Balt. Sun)

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