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March 1, 2011
During the last election County Executive Kevin Kamenetz spoke about how Baltimore County was fiscally under control. Now, they have a $38.5 million shortfall ("Kamenetz seeks to raise Baltimore County Business license fees," Feb. 26), so he wants to increase business licenses fees to create $1.2 million annually. I guess he doesn't see what is happening in Wisconsin. If he would cut his budget, he would not need the extra monies. He could start by reducing the pension and benefits the County Council enjoys.
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By Michael Dresser | October 3, 2014
The Baltimore Sun Democrat Anthony G. Brown delivered a message about the constraints of budget pressures as he appeared Friday before a group of advocates for child and family programs. Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan also was scheduled to appear at the forum at Towson University, but organizers said Hogan canceled Thursday night because he was sick. Brown told advocates at the Maryland Family Network event that he is firmly committed to their priorities. "There will always be a role for us in the public sector, working with the nonprofit community, to see that there's a backstop" for families in need, Brown said.
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NEWS
April 20, 2011
Members of Congress must all have personal finance managers to manage their family budgets because otherwise Congress would be the largest single group of people filing for bankruptcy protection. Why would any of us try to solve our family financial problems by cutting our spending to the bone, while at the same time trying to find ways to reduce our income? Yet this is exactly how Congress is attempting to solve our national budget problem. The House of Representative is focusing solely on finding ways to cut spending and reduce taxes while ignoring the glaring need to also find ways of increasing income.
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September 29, 2014
Having spent 47 years in state and local government, I have a pretty good feel for impending fiscal year budget problems ( "Apocalypse? Not now," Sept. 26). The very quietly issued projections for the next fiscal year for the state budget are concerning. That the state has already, also very quietly, issued a one month moratorium on new hires, from October 15th through November 15th, gives even greater concern. Usually, such steps are precursors to much more stringent budget restrictions in the ensuing fiscal year; including freezes on state hiring and scheduled pay raises and step increases for state employees.
NEWS
April 13, 2012
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller should promptly step down following his outrageous, irresponsible, unprofessional, petulant, self-centered performance during the final days and hours of the just-completed 90-day session of the General Assembly ("Debacle in Annapolis," April 11). He purposely sabotaged the budget compromise for his personal campaign to expand gambling to a sixth site in Maryland. Senator Miller's arrogance and egotism are breathtaking. Mr. Miller then has the audacity to suggest yet another, special session of the General Assembly at an additional cost of $21,000 to $100,000 per day to the already-overburdened Maryland taxpayers.
NEWS
April 15, 2012
In my opinion, The Sun does not serve the public well by failing to question the preposterous "doomsday" threats oft repeated by Democrats and Whiner-in-Chief, Gov.Martin O'Malley. John Q. Public is constantly threatened with drastic cuts to the few truly essential services of government whenever the pols can't force us to open our wallets as wide as they would like. Why is it that the state budget for 2013 is $500 million larger than the budget we are surviving on this year? Did we not have enough money to pay for firefighters, teachers and police?
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Letter to The Aegis | March 22, 2012
Editor: As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have been very busy working on the state budget for the last six weeks. The Minority party members of Appropriations crafted a budget plan that relies on level funding the budget based on last year's spending. This is a reasonable and level headed plan that balances the budget without raising taxes or shifting expenses to the counties. Our plan would cut over $1 billion in increased spending...
NEWS
February 28, 2013
I was surprised and pleased to see David Fahrenthold's article on the federal "cuts in spending" approved in 2011 ("'Smoke & mirrors,'" Feb. 24). I wished he would have pointed out the added smoke and mirrors that persists from this president. President Barack Obama repeatedly went in front of the television cameras touting the $2.5 trillion in cuts with the fiscal cliff agreement. Looking at that number in detail, the truth is that there wasn't a dime of cuts to the federal budget.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
Negotiations to reach a final deal on the Maryland state budget were put off Saturday morning, raising new questions about whether the General Assembly can complete its work by the time it is scheduled to end its 90-day session Monday night. The cancellation of the planned 8:30 a.m. meeting of the budget conference committees fell through just hours after a House subcommittee unveiled a plan to radically rewrite the Senate's bill to expand casino gambling in Maryland -- a move that would likely doom the legislation.
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by Annie Linskey | January 18, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malleysaid the changes that he's proposing to the state's income tax will mean that 20 percent of taxpayers will pay more. "I don't like doing this," O'Malley said. "I don't like asking for this. This is by no means a lack of respect for those we are asking more of. This is the fairest way to go about this. " He estimates that a family making $150,000 would pay an additional $191 a year because of changes in the rolling back exemptions and deductions allowed on the state income tax.   The governor briefed reporters on his budget plan in Annapolis Wednesday morning, offering new details including plans to shutter assisted living facilities at Spring Grove and Spring Field Hospital Centers.  O'Malley's budget will eliminate 149 jobs, mostly related to those centers closing.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Several months ago, Baltimore Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr. quietly decided to dedicate an agent solely to investigating workers' compensation and disability fraud within Baltimore's police and fire departments — and this week investigators announced charges against a former city officer accused of bilking taxpayers out of more than $30,000. It's an effort Pearre plans to continue in future months, city officials said. Pearre has negotiated a deal with the police and fire departments to fund a full-time position in his office digging into what he calls "uniform fraud" — a move he expects to "bear significant fruit," he wrote in a recent report.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
As the Board of Education gave its blessing last week to Superintendent George Arlotto's $163.4 million capital budget request, officials said some projects in the budget may affect coming redistricting efforts in the Annapolis area. Two elementary schools in the Annapolis school cluster, Rolling Knolls and West Annapolis, are among facilities targeted for upgrades as part of the capital budget plan. West Annapolis Elementary is the subject of a $24 million modernization that will increase enrollment capacity from 274 students to 314. Construction is underway, and the renovated school is expected to open in August 2106.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
George Arlotto this week became the third Anne Arundel County superintendent in as many years submitting a capital budget proposal - but he said working within the school system for 10 years helped him hammer out the $163.4 million request. "Not a lot of changes were made, based on what we've done in the past and where we're headed in the future," said Arlotto, who was the system's chief of staff before becoming superintendent in July. Arlotto replaced Mamie Perkins, who served as an interim superintendent for a year while the school district sought a permanent replacement for seven-year Superintendent Kevin Maxwell.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
The Maryland Department of Transportation announced $280 million in new projects in its annual budget proposal released Tuesday, far less than the billions in capital improvements announced after the increase in the state's gas tax last year. The state's latest "consolidated transportation program," which covers transportation spending from 2015 to 2020, instead pushes along various projects announced last year, including about $1.5 billion worth in the Baltimore region. The draft budget will be taken up by the General Assembly in the coming legislative session.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
It didn't take Democrats much time to denounce Rep. Paul Ryan's latest plan for addressing poverty in this country. The main feature of the Republican's proposed "Opportunity Grant" would be to roll a lot of social welfare programs together and leave it mostly to states to decide how the money is spent, which sounds a great deal like the block grant proposals of the past. Critics included Maryland's own Rep. Chris Van Hollen, ranking member on the House Budget Committee, who said the former vice presidential nominee has used the mantra of "reform" as a cover to cut safety-net programs.
NEWS
July 11, 2014
I'd feel better about Maryland's budget if the outgoing governor had not kept putting millions of dollars into aiding non-public schools over which we have little to no control and which serve mainly religious interests ("Warning signs for Md.'s budget," July 2). It would also be good if the incoming governor would pledge not to do the same in that regard. Why should we taxpayers be funding (directly or indirectly) religious schools that have a First Amendment freedom to practice discrimination in the selection of their students and staff and cannot be prohibited from teaching that their religion is the only legitimate one, that women should be restricted to a secondary role that mainly involves state-regulated child-bearing, and/or that gays and lesbians are undeserving of equal rights?
NEWS
March 21, 2013
Comparing the House and Senate federal budget proposals should make the decision a no-brainer. Do we want a $7 billion surplus per the Republican budget or a $566 billion deficit per the Democratic budget? This would be simple except that the American government is literally controlled by the "no brain" administration of President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Peggy Alley, Baltimore
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget for next year was approved by the Senate after an unusually brief debate Wednesday in a sign of the state's improved fiscal condition. Senators voted 42-5 to pass the $36.8 billion budget and send it to a conference committee with the House. All 35 Democrats and seven Republicans voted in favor of the budget, which comes close to eliminating what was once a nearly $2 billion long-term revenue shortfall. "I can't remember any time the budget was adopted by a larger margin.
NEWS
July 2, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to seek $77 million in cuts to a budget that's barely 24 hours old is a sobering reminder that the state's economic recovery is tenuous at best. Maryland experienced no gross domestic product growth last year, and job creation here has been far from steady so far in 2014. Budget Secretary T. Eloise Foster introduced the budget cut proposals today by saying the administration wants to get ahead of any problems now in hopes of providing an extra cushion should revenues go south.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
The lackluster economy prompted Gov. Martin O'Malley to propose erasing $84 million in planned spending for next year. Just a day after the new state budget took effect, O'Malley persuaded the Board of Public Works unanimously to approve a modest set of cuts to Maryland's $16.1 billion general fund. About $10 million in cuts come from the state's higher-education institutions, although O'Malley aides said it would not affect tuition rates. The cuts would not cause any layoffs but would trim 61 vacant jobs from the state's workforce of about 80,000 people, aides said.
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