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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Baltimore's school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $1.3 billion budget that has drawn backlash from schools and lawmakers for its program cuts, and has led the board to consider overhauling a local funding formula that left some high schools with as much as $450,000 in cuts. The proposed budget - which shows dwindling financial support for two high-profile programs for gifted students, Ingenuity Project and International Baccalaureate - has spurred petitions, political outcry and a citywide debate about the investment in advanced students.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Millie Tyssowski, a retired Medicare executive and Social Security Administration budgeting official, died of congestive heart failure May 16 at Sinai Hospital. The Dickeyville resident was 93. After retiring, she served as president of both the Maryland and Baltimore City League of Women Voters, and campaigned successfully for single representation of 14 City Council districts. "Whether it was at work serving seniors and families at the Social Security Administration or her years advocating for more women in public service, Millie demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice," said Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 20, 2014
The most important function of people elected or appointed to boards, councils and commissions overseeing public institutions is to strike a balance between making sure the public institution in question has enough money to do what needs to be done, and to make sure the public's money is well spent in that endeavor. Sometimes, this means making the unpopular decision to raise taxes or fees. Sometimes, it means preventing mission creep and the associated increases in spending. An oversight body that does its job properly over time will end up having to do a little of both.
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May 18, 2014
When Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown stood before a room full of community development activists on Monday, he ticked off a list of promises of what he would do if he's elected governor this fall, as did the candidates who appeared before and after him. But he included this challenge: Go to my website, read my position papers, and don't stop until you get to the bottom. There, he said, you can find detailed estimates of how much all of his promises cost and how he would pay for them. Give him credit for the first part - almost all of his position papers (and there are a lot of them)
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman launched an "Anne Arundel County Proud" campaign Monday as part of her second State of the County address to business groups. During a 50-minute speech at a Linthicum hotel, Neuman highlighted people in the county who have made a difference for others, including a firefighter who rescued a child from a well and a police officer who nabbed a man who had allegedly used Craigslist to line up victims. She called them up to the stage and then removed her jacket to reveal an "Anne Arundel County Proud" T-shirt.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2014
When Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman unveiled her proposed $1.35 billion county budget on Thursday, she described it as a package that reduced the county's property tax rate "without cutting essential services or depleting our savings. " But in a political year that has already seen sharp barbs between Neuman and her opponent for the Republican nomination for county executive, Del. Steve Schuh, the tax rate issue immediately drew a rebuke from Schuh, who called the cut "inadequate and misleading.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has announced that the budget she'll unveil Thursday will include funding for 20 more police officers. Neuman said in a statement that a staffing analysis by Police Chief Kevin Davis showed a need for more officers. Officials said the Anne Arundel department sees 717 calls per police officer, compared to 486 calls per officer in nearby Prince George's County, where Davis previously worked. Neuman didn't offer any further details about her budget proposal, which she'll unveil at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
Darius Johnson says he's just an ordinary student, presented with an educational opportunity in his freshman year of high school that led him to extraordinary choices: Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Duke, Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, Stanford and Washington universities, the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College. The senior at Polytechnic Institute is among the gifted students who have worked their way through the Ingenuity Project, one of two programs that have given Baltimore students a competitive edge in college admissions but now face funding cuts in the city's tightest schools budget in decades.
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By June Arney, For The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
When Gary and Mary Beth Bassford first talked to a financial planner six years before they retired, they were shocked. "I looked at him, and I said, 'How in the world are we going to do that?' " recalled Mary Beth Bassford when she was told how much money they needed to save. But the former Timonium residents, now both 67, took the advice and put together a detailed budget to build the savings, and they tried to live on their anticipated retirement income even before they retired.
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April 17, 2014
The Sun's editorial page is not the part of the newspaper that normally gives me comfort; however, the paper's opinion on the deficit facing the city schools was a good job ("Seeing red over city schools budget," April 14). It was well thought out and got right to the heart of the matter vis-à-vis the current budget shortfall facing the city's schools. Andrew Colyer, Bel Air - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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