Two Coaches Are Maryland’s Highest Paid Employees; Silver Spring Residents Unhappy with Mail Truck Traffic

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Turgeon and Durkin are highest paid state employees

The University of Maryland’s men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon was the highest paid state employee in 2017, earning $2.72 million during the year. Coming in second on the list was Maryland’s football coach D.J. Durkin, who made $2.49 million. Marland’s woman’s basketball coach came in third with $1.18 million, followed by two leaders of the university’s medical system—Stephen Bartlett, a surgeon who made $951,000 and Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, who made $951,000 overseeing the state’s only public health, law and human services university. [Baltimore Sun]

Comfort Cases aims to take trash bags out of foster care

The Rockville nonprofit’s founder, Rob Scheer, said he remembers being a foster child and having to carry all his belongings in a trash bag when he moved from home to home. As an adult, he’s aiming to remove the trash bags from other children’s lives by providing kids in foster care with bags and cases that Comfort Cases fills with blankets, shampoo, stuffed animals, books and other items. On Tuesday, his work was recognized by the Montgomery County Council, when they declared “No More Trash Bags for Children Living in Foster Care Day.” [NBC4]

Silver Spring residents unhappy with post office traffic

Residents of Rogart Road in Silver Spring’s Four Corners area say that post office workers driving mail trucks down Rogart Road are bothering them. The neighborhood would like the trucks to access the post office using a University Boulevard entrance instead of Rogart Road. The post office at the end of the road has been using Rogart since 1961 and an official maintained that it’s a public street with no restrictions. [ABC7]

Franchot urges state leaders to be cautious with new surplus

Comptroller Peter Franchot is advising state leaders to be prudent with the fiscal 2019 $430 million state budget surplus his office announced it's forecasting last week. He said the additional revenue could help bolster the state if the national economy heads into a recession. Franchot also praised Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and said he’s optimistic the county will be selected for Amazon’s second headquarters. [Maryland Matters]

Chilly, windy day expected

The National Weather Service predicts a high of 43 degrees Wednesday with wind gusting up to 31 mph and a nighttime low dropping to around 29. There’s also a chance of light flurries after 11 a.m.

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