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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2012
A provision of a Senate budget bill that passed Thursday would -- if accepted by the House -- require the Maryland Transit Administration to raise fares on its core services in Baltimore to keep pace with inflation. The clause in the annual budget reconciliation bill would end the transit fare freeze on MTA bus, subway and light rail services that has prevailed for almost a decade. The base one-way fare for those services is $1.60. A provision the Senate inserted into Gov. Martin O'Malley's original bill would require the MTA to adjust fares every other year, starting in the budget year beginning July 1, to account for increases in the Consumer Price Index over the previous two calendar years.
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April 26, 2012
Letter writer Raymond Hoff bemoans what he calls UMBC's "doomsday" budget, which is really a "live within your means" budget ("UMBC excellence imperiled by 'doomsday,'" April 23). Mr. Hoff complains that UMBC faculty and staff have not had a cost-of-living increase in three years. But he should be happy to still have a job - a luxury not available to legions of unemployed Marylanders, some of whom have been unemployed for three years. He talks about academics who have moved out of the state and the difficulty of hiring replacements for them.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2010
The rising costs of Medicaid and other state-funded assistance programs have outpaced a promising uptick in revenue, state fiscal analysts reported Wednesday. The development means Maryland lawmakers will face a $1.6 billion budget deficit when they return to Annapolis in January. Just weeks ago, officials were hopeful that better-than-expected receipts from taxes and fees would boost the state's budget outlook. But such "dollops of good news," state analyst Warren G. Deschenaux said, "didn't really mitigate the dimension of the problem.
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April 15, 2013
In response to your editorial "Put up or shut up" (April 11), I just have one question: What part of economics don't you understand? You mention that the president wants to "reduce deficits to a manageable size. " Yet in his budget he proposes growing government spending by 60 percent from 2012 to 2023, and increasing revenues by 113 percent. And he still can't balance the budget! This budget makes the argument that we need more government and more debt. His proposal leaves us with gross debt of more than 100 percent of GDP by 2020 (it was 40 percent of GDP in 2008 and is projected to be almost 80 percent of GDP next year)
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By Larry Carson, Baltimore Sun Reporter | April 13, 2010
Legislation to solve a projected $20 million revenue shortfall is coming April 22, the same day Howard County executive Ken Ulman is to present his budget for next fiscal year, according to county officials. County budget director Raymond S. Wacks did not reveal how Ulman intends to eliminate the shortfall by June 30, the end of the fiscal year, telling county council members Monday only that final details haven't yet been determined. He did have another glimmer of good tidings, however.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2010
Anne Arundel County Board of Education President Patricia Nalley says she is "happy" with Superintendent Kevin Maxwell's $969 million operating budget recommendation, which calls for a $37.5 million increase over last year. After hearing Maxwell outline the budget at Wednesday night's board meeting, Nalley said that she was confident that the board and county executives will work together on funding the budget to keep the school system on its "journey from good to great. " Yet Nalley's optimism comes as county budget officer John Hammond, who on Thursday afternoon said he has seen "a rough outline" of the proposal, repeated earlier comments that the county will give the school system no more than a $5.6 million maintenance-of-effort increase over last year.
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February 21, 2011
I am extremely disappointed in Rep. John Sarbanes' opposition to an amendment that would have insisted that cuts to the Pentagon budget be a significant part of any effort to control deficit spending. The House is attempting to make sweeping cuts in federal government spending for the rest of this fiscal year, including cuts in domestic spending, diplomacy, development and international assistance. Why should the Pentagon budget be exempt from cuts? Military spending has doubled in the past 10 years and the Pentagon has a history of enormous cost overruns.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2012
The Maryland Senate spent Wednesday afternoon plowing through the state budget bill and a companion measure shifting part of the cost of teacher pensions from the state to the counties, turning back Republican attempts to amend the legislation. Late in the afternoon, after giving preliminary approval to both measures, senators turned to the big fight of the week: consideration of a revenue bill that includes a $416 million increase in state income tax rates. If that measure and the budget companion bill don't pass, almost $750 million in contingent cuts in the budget bill would take effect.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
The Baltimore Police Department has already gone over its overtime budget for the fiscal year, which ends in June, but Police Commissioner Anthony Batts says he will rein in the agency's spending. "We will be in budget at the end of the fiscal year. Period," Batts said during an interview at police headquarters last week.  How, exactly, remains unclear. Pressed for details this week, Batts said he has a plan but needs approval from City Hall.  The Police Department's overall operating budget this year is $410 million, and there's been a $3.4 million spillover on overtime spending.
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