November 19, 2011
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake seems to think raising the container tax on soft drinks is creative ("Rawlings-Blake calls on council to adopt bottle tax hike," Nov. 14). Just keep taxing the average Joe out of Baltimore. Is that a really good plan? Here is a better idea. Eliminate deputy mayors, make developers pay property tax on what they build and eliminate the Baltimore Development Corporation. I am sure there is more cutting to be done, but these are some easy ways to reduce waste in government quickly without more taxes.
November 17, 2011
After reading the article on the city's container tax ("Rawlings-Blake calls on council to raise bottle tax," Nov. 15), it's quite obvious that the mayor is trying to instill fear into Baltimore residents by basically stating that city schoolchildren will continue to suffer if the tax isn't passed. However, I am somewhat confused because originally when the state lottery was established, those proceeds were supposed to be devoted for education. Now where is all that money going to?
September 1, 2011
Perhaps it comes from an excess of caffeine and corn syrup, but the beverage industry and its retail allies always seem to be fired up about one thing or another. The latest example is their crusade to repeal Baltimore's controversial bottle tax that was approved just last year and was instrumental in helping the city avoid a huge budget shortfall. Under legislation sponsored by Councilwoman Belinda K. Conaway, the 2-cent tax on beverage containers approved in 2010 would sunset in 2012 instead of 2013.
January 14, 2011
The Baltimore Sun editorial "Pepsi Challenge" (Jan. 13) gets it wrong. The Sun makes the assumption that City Council actions have no impact on decisions made by companies. You cannot tax local manufacturing companies, add to operating costs, make their products less competitive and think it doesn't matter! Just a few months back Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fought hard to institute a $5 million-plus tax on soft drink, water and beer containers to help fund city government operations.
January 13, 2011
Is there a person in Baltimore who honestly believes that Pepsi is closing its manufacturing plant in Hampden because of the city's 2-cent tax on beverage containers? If so, they're clearly drinking something a lot stronger than Mountain Dew. Pepsi's decision to halt production in Baltimore for good this week isn't welcome news. It means 77 people have lost their jobs — although several hundred other Pepsi employees will continue to sell and distribute soft drinks from that location.
May 19, 2010
Baltimore City Council members said Wednesday that they have devised a plan to cut the city's huge budget gap without implementing a controversial four-cent tax on bottled beverages. "We do believe we have a workable plan that spreads the responsibility to not just the residents, but the businesses, the nonprofts, the tourists … anyone that's going to have anything to do in and for and with Baltimore City," Councilwoman Helen Holton, who chairs the taxation and finance committee, said at a hastily organized news conference.