MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AND ALLIED MEMBER TRADE SHOW The events will be on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the historic and majestic Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore. Stars is a once a year opportunity to honor those special people whose professionalism and commitment to guest service exemplify the very highest standards of excellence in the lodging industry. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE GOLF OUTING AND FISHING TOURNAMENT The event will be on Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge. As in past years, attendees who come in early will enjoy an informal complimentary Sunday night welcoming and networking reception. THANK YOU SHERATON COLUMBIA Thank you to General Manager Joe Giannino and his team at the Sheraton Columbia for hosting the Howard County Regional Meeting. This meeting marks the return of regularly scheduled Regional Meetings with networking opportunities and association updates for members AND prospective members. THANK YOU HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS Thank you to Kathleen Graves and her team at Heartland Payment Systems for sponsoring the Howard County Regional Meeting. For more information on opportunities to sponsor future Regional Meetings and other MH&LA Signature Events contact Amy Rohrer at 410.974.4472 or email@example.com. STATE MAY HAVE ANOTHER LARGE BUDGET DEFICIT NEXT YEAR The state budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (which starts on July 1, 2014) may have a $400 million structural deficit. A $300 million budget surplus projected when the Fiscal Year 2014 budget was enacted in April of this year may not occur due to unplanned expenses and reduced revenues this Fiscal Year. NEW REPUBLICAN LEADERS IN THE MARYLAND SENATE The Summit is Maryland's premier tourism industry conference for tourism professionals from across Maryland and the Mid Atlantic region. For details on schedules, speakers, registration, awards, location, accommodations and sponsorship opportunities go to http://mtc.mdtourism.org and click on the MTTS Summit tab.