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Morning Notes

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 3/28/2014, 9:05am  ET

View of North Bethesda/White Flint from the Strathmore Mansion

Metro Fares Are Going Up – Metrorail fares will go up an average of 3 percent or about 10 cents per trip. The maximum fare will go to $5.90, up from $5.75 when the changes go into effect this summer. Metrobus and parking rates at Metro facilities will also go up. [Washington Post]

NSAB Construction Updates – A number of projects on Naval Support Activity Bethesda, home to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, will be completed this year, including the new Sanctuary Hall, Child Development Center and USO Warrior and Family Center, which will have a ribbon cutting ceremony next week. [dcmilitary.com]

WSSC Work In Chevy Chase – WSSC and its contractors were doing work overnight in Chevy Chase at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Bradley Lane. An advisory email from the Town of Chevy Chase said to expect lane closures on southbound Connecticut Avenue. [Town of Chevy Chase]

County Officials Continue To Bemoan Maintenance of Effort Law – Montgomery County officials continue to criticize the state’s maintenance of effort law for school funding. The law, a more stringent version of which was passed in 2012, requires counties to provide the same amount of per-pupil funding each year. So unless a school system’s population decreases, school costs are required to go up, or the county will face penalties in the form of the state withholding school aid. Leggett’s proposed budget for FY 2015 goes $26 million above the minimum required, which Councilmember and county executive candidate Phil Andrews has criticized. [The Gazette]