The Week That Was

December 24, 2006

Jessamy to get $83,000 raise

Baltimore's Board of Estimates approved an $83,000 salary increase for city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, taking her salary to $225,000 a year and making her the highest-paid employee in the city.

BDC picks Lewis team for project

Baltimore development officials selected a team that includes Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to convert a blighted waterfront stretch into what could be a $250 million office and sports complex. The Baltimore Development Corp. board voted on the Gateway South project behind closed doors, apparently in violation of open-government laws.

Subcontractor indicted

A Baltimore grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against Mildred E. Boyer, a minority subcontractor with ties to City Council President Sheila Dixon. State prosecutors accused Boyer of theft and filing false tax returns. Dixon said the state investigation has unfairly sullied her reputation.

Allstate to curb policies in Md.

Allstate Corp., one of Maryland's largest insurers, will stop writing homeowner policies in coastal areas of the state, noting warnings by scientists that a warmer Atlantic Ocean will lead to more severe hurricanes hitting the Northeast in the long term.

Protesting United Way's cuts

Some of the Baltimore region's best-known nonprofit groups protested deep cuts in their funding from United Way of Central Maryland, saying they are being forced to reduce staff and programs with little notice.

State tax overhaul possible

Momentum was building in Annapolis for a comprehensive overhaul of Maryland's revenue structure - possibly including increases to some taxes and cuts to others - as a way to boost state revenue and solve long-term budget problems.

Liquor board probe ends

The state prosecutor's office wrapped up its investigation into the city liquor board and issued a statement saying that no criminal charges will be filed.

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