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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2011
Maryland needs a sustained hiring surge to recover from devastating job losses during the recession, but few businesses appear to be planning anything more than modest work-force increases this year. More than 80 percent of mid-Atlantic employers said they expected "limited" or "sluggish" hiring at their companies in 2011, according to a survey by employment-services firm Manpower released this week. An earlier survey of Maryland companies by the University of Baltimore found that about 85 percent expected to expand slightly or to hold the line in the near term, with 8 percent contemplating cuts.
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NEWS
December 5, 2011
The Baltimore City beverage tax is punishing one industry alone. Package good liquor stores in the city are in a competitive business and cannot compete against their county counterparts. My suggestion is a Baltimore City Education tax. Tax every business in Baltimore City big or small the same amount. If there are 20,000 businesses in Baltimore City and you want to raise $4 million, tax each business $200. Now that is fair to everyone! Joe Gordon, Baltimore The writer is owner of Genie's Liquors.
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By Jeff Fraley | July 29, 2013
Baltimore businesses, homeowners and nonprofits took on new financial responsibility July 1 with enactment of the city's Stormwater Remediation Fee ordinance. Much media has been generated around the unfunded mandate handed down from Annapolis to the 10 largest counties around the Chesapeake Bay. Yet, based on fiscal reality, including the cash to be collected and spent, little has been written about the disproportionate impact on Baltimore City businesses and the latest layering of fees atop already hefty property taxes.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2010
WASHINGTON — Businesses have hired 5.6 million workers , including 86,544 in Maryland, under a new program that provides tax breaks for hiring the unemployed, the Treasury Department said Monday. The report, however, does not estimate how many of those jobs would have been added without the tax break. Maryland had an unemployment rate of 7.1 percent in June, when job creation slowed from the previous month, according to figures released last month. President Barack Obama signed a law in March that exempts businesses hiring people who have been unemployed for at least 60 days from paying the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax through December.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
For Mike Beczkowski, parking on his street near the American Can Company complex in Canton has gotten a bit better since he and others in the neighborhood persuaded the city to require residential permit parking last November. Most nights, he can now find a place to park near his rowhouse. "This permit parking has given us a hunting license to get parking in our area," Beczkowski said. But for Paul Palmieri, the CEO of Millennial Media, the parking woes in Canton have never been worse.
EXPLORE
September 18, 2012
Your reader Debbie Yeagley replied in your issue of Sept. 13 to my earlier letter about a sign posted in North Laurel that claims that government-free enterprise is being practiced there. I beg to clarify one issue. The headline on my published letter was not supplied by me, but by the Leader, as is usually the case with letters to the editor. That headline used two freighted words, "misguided" and "boasting," that I would probably not have used myself. In answer to Ms. Yeagley's questions and assertions, I have never owned or run a business, and that's fortunate, because I would probably be terrible at it, especially one "literally" built out of blood, sweat and tears.
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By Cheryl A. Casciani | June 6, 2011
The Baltimore Commission on Sustainability has released its annual report updating efforts to make the city cleaner, greener and more focused on sustaining people and communities. The good news is that the city, in implementing Baltimore's 2009 sustainability plan, is making critically important environmental and social improvements. Baltimore's sustainability plan provides a roadmap for citizens and Baltimore City government to reduce pollution, conserve resources, improve public transportation and participate in the green economy.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,Sun Staff Writer | September 12, 1995
TC Owners of minority businesses in Howard County hope today's Equal Business Opportunity Expo at the Turf Valley Hotel & Country Club in Ellicott City will bring them more attention, opportunities and a fuller appreciation of their combined strength.The second annual gathering highlights businesses owned by people of color, women and persons with disabilities.Howard County's record in fostering minority businesses is relatively strong. While county minority business owners say they still fight prejudice at times, they tend to stress it's a national -- rather than particularly local -- problem.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | June 15, 1992
Two families were left homeless and two businesses were destroyed in a fire last night in Lonaconing directly across the street from the site of a blaze two years ago that left historic buildings in the Allegany County town in ruins.State fire officials said the blaze began in the attic of a two-story wooden duplex about 6 p.m. and was brought under control in about four hours by firefighters from three Maryland counties and West Virginia.An electrical blackout caused by the fire about 9:30 p.m. left about 80 percent of the town without power.
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