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March 31, 2014
Claims that corporations should be exempt from the health insurance law because their owners object to it on religious grounds are ludicrous ( "Don't open Pandora's box," March 24). By incorporating, the owners of Hobby Lobby receive valuable protections from the government: For example, the owners aren't personally liable for the debts of the corporation and can't be sued as individuals for injuries that occur due to the firm's negligence. Now the corporation claims to have a religion.
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Dan Rodricks | October 2, 2014
Here's another thing: The attack ad on Larry Hogan that claims Anthony Brown's Republican challenger for governor wants to give a $300 million tax break to corporations at the expense of kindergartners - that's another stretch into the shady side by the Democrats, and for a couple of reasons. First of all, Hogan hasn't said any such thing yet, although, being a mainstream Republican businessman, he says he would cut Maryland's corporate tax rate, and we all know the story there: You can't be a Republican without saying you want to cut taxes.
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BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2010
Maryland became the first state in the nation Friday to create a new class of company that falls between a for-profit and a non-profit, giving companies flexibility to generate public benefits along with profits. Eleven people lined up early Friday in the charter division of the state Department of Assessments and Taxation to register businesses as "benefit corporations," said Robert E. Young, the department's acting deputy director. The state's benefit corporation legislation was signed into law in April and took effect Friday.
BUSINESS
Staff Reports and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Ironmark, a printing and image consultant company that was formed through the 2011 merger of Frank Gumpert Printing and Corporate Printing Solutions, announced Monday it will consolidate its Annapolis and Hunt Valley operations into a new headquarters in Howard County. In a news release, company officials said Ironmark's 110 employees will relocate to a 50,000-square-foot facility in Annapolis Junction by Oct. 8. The move comes three years after Frank Gumpert Printing, in Annapolis, and Corporate Printing Solutions, in Hunt Valley, merged to become CPS Gumpert.
NEWS
May 12, 2013
Sandy Apgar, an erstwhile pretender to being a public servant during the Clinton era, enthusiastically recommends that Maryland fall into the public-private partnership trap along with benighted states like Virginia ("The future of infrastructure," May 9). I'd like to know how inviting the pork farmers to engage in policy-making and priority-setting to increase the price of pork is going to benefit Mr. Apgar's "taxpayers. " I'm one of those taxpayers; the fat-cat corporations Mr. Apgar would woo with my money, not so much, according to the COST figures columnist Dan Rodricks cites in his column about CEO whining ("Complaining CEOs need to take a hike," May 9)
NEWS
May 8, 2013
Your paper has given us, side-by-side, three glaring examples of the sheer gall and/or utter shamelessness of the proponents of CA's scrapping of Symphony Woods Park in favor of turning over control of Symphony Woods (and at least 1.6 million of our lien payer dollars) to a new corporation, one which will be unbound by sunshine, transparency and accountability protections to which CA must hold. On page 16 (May 2) you give us CA Director Tom Coale telling us first that the recent election results show public support for CA's current direction.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | June 11, 2014
General Motors has fired 15 employees after an internal investigation into the company's handling of defective ignition switches that led to at least 13 fatalities. But the only way to stop lawbreaking at GM or any other big corporation is to prosecute the people who break the law. And so far, no one at GM has been prosecuted. "What GM did was break the law. ... They failed to meet their public safety obligations," scolded Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx after imposing the largest possible penalty on the giant automaker.
NEWS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,Evening Sun Staff | January 11, 1991
Responding to allegations of financial irregularities and rampant infighting, the city will shut down the Park Heights Community Corp. a week from today.Robert W. Hearn, commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development, notified corporation officials in a letter yesterday that he had determined the northwest Baltimore corporation should be closed indefinitely, beginning next Friday. He listed these reasons:"Resignation of board members, termination of the executive director, legal action being taken against the board by the past president and former executive director . . . The inability of the board to manage and provide direction to the executive director, the continued disruption and lack of control evident at public meetings, the lack of support on issues important to the neighborhoods . . ."
BUSINESS
By Adele Evans and Adele Evans,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 27, 2002
Living in Towson was fine when her children were young, but after they grew up and her husband died, Paula Glowacki found that things became too quiet. "I was lonely. Everyone worked," she said. "It wasn't like when we had kids. I was older ... and so unhappy." After plenty of reflection, Glowacki decided to try going home to Highlandtown. In February, she moved into a completely renovated rowhouse near Patterson Park. Now friends and family surround her. A sister lives next door, another sister lives two doors down, and still another sister lives across the street.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | June 10, 1996
It was a huge undertaking, especially under the circumstances. The U.S. Olympic beach volleyball trials were awarded to Baltimore barely three months before the event, and still the Maryland Sports Corporation put up a stadium and put on a show.Maybe attendance could have been a little better, but the five-day beach festival/pre-Olympic tournament at HarborView apparently will break even, which would make it a big success for the nonprofit Maryland Sports Corporation."All in all, I think we're going to be right where we thought we'd be," said MSC president Barbara Bozzuto.
NEWS
September 15, 2014
The National Football League received more domestic violence-related bad news last week with the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was charged over the weekend in Texas with reckless or negligent injury to a child. The allegation is that he used a tree branch or "switch" to spank his 4-year-old son, who suffered cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles and legs. Given that this was Texas, a state not normally given to condemning spanking of children as a disciplinary tool, one presumes that the injuries the preschooler suffered — because he allegedly failed to share his video game with a sibling — were pretty harsh.
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By Francois Furstenberg | September 9, 2014
On behalf of Baltimore's stakeholders, I want to express my thanks to Gregory E. Thornton, the new chief executive officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, for his inspiring words (" Much work to be done ," Aug. 25). In case you're wondering, the stake I hold is a house I recently bought in East Baltimore. It's a big row house, built in 1875, so I don't exactly hold it - really it holds me - but I guess that part isn't so important. Let me get to the point: CEO Thornton tells us he will run the city schools like a business.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Liberty Tsakalos, a former corporate treasurer who managed the retail shop of the H&S Bakery, the Southeast Baltimore family-owned business that was co-founded by her husband, brother and father, died Tuesday of Alzheimer's disease complications at her Harbor East home. She was 94. "She was an anomaly of her time. She was a strong woman working in a man's world, which was especially true of the commercial baking industry in the 1950s and '60s," said her grandson Michael Tsakalos of Hunt Valley.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | August 13, 2014
In recent weeks, the managers, employees and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called Market Basket have joined together to oppose the board of director's decision in June to oust the chain's popular chief executive, Arthur T. Demoulas. Their demonstrations and boycotts have emptied most of the chain's 71 stores. What was so special about Arthur T., as he's known? Mainly, his business model. He kept prices lower than his competitors, paid his employees more, and gave them and his managers more authority.
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Robert B. Reich | July 30, 2014
"You shouldn't get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers," President Obama said last week. He was referring to American corporations now busily acquiring foreign companies in order to become non-American, thereby reducing their U.S. tax bills. But the president might as well have been talking about all large American multinationals. Only about a fifth of IBM's worldwide employees are American, for example, and only 40 percent of GE's.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
If your roof starts leaking live a sieve, it's not only prudent to get a new roof but to install a short-term fix - buckets to catch the water, perhaps, or a tarp - before your house is ruined. So should it be with so-called tax inversions by U.S. corporations. The long-term answer may be tax reform, but right now the leaks have to be plugged. What is a tax inversion? It's when a big U.S.-based multinational buys a company off-shore and then ships its own corporate headquarters there to avoid paying U.S. federal and state corporate taxes.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Maryland election officials have determined Republican candidate for governor Larry Hogan broke no laws in converting his Change Maryland advocacy organization into a campaign operation. But in a memo released Thursday, officials pointed out that a loophole permits corporations such as Change Maryland to test the water on behalf of candidates without disclosing donors or spending, as the candidates themselves must do. The ruling came after two of Hogan's rivals in last month's Republican primary filed complaints with the State Board of Elections in May. Jared DeMarinis, director of candidacy and campaign finance for the board, wrote in the memo that he was dropping the complaints.
SPORTS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 12, 2004
A Netherlands-based corporation yesterday announced sponsorship of a two-boat team to compete in the next Volvo Ocean Race, which will begin in November 2005. ABN AMRO said it will invest the equivalent of about $24 million. "The Volvo Ocean Race, which visits almost all of the continents in which ABN AMRO has a presence, emerged as an ideal candidate" for marketing the company's various banking subsidiaries, said Tom de Swaan, member of the managing board. The two ABN AMRO boats join Telefonica, sponsored by a Spanish telecommunications company, as the only entries to date.
NEWS
Thomas F. Schaller | July 22, 2014
Is there a way to actually unite economic populists on the liberal left and libertarian right? Maybe not. But one promising possibility is the prioritization of American small businesses over powerful, multinational corporate dominance. The events of September 29, 2008, certainly provided a brief glimmer of hope that a hybrid ideological alliance might push back against big business. That day, the U.S. House of Representatives stunned Washington and Wall Street by rejecting the Bush Administration's $700 billion bank bailout, 228 to 205. The Dow Jones Industrial index fell 778 points in a single afternoon, a 7 percent drop.
NEWS
July 20, 2014
Thomas Schaller's ironic and disturbing commentary in The Sun, "Not taxing U.S. corporations gives a pass to foreigners" (July 8) yielded two takeaways: (1) In the wake of the Supreme Court decisions in "Citizens United" and "Hobby Lobby," we need a Constitutional amendment that invalidates the preposterous concept of corporate personhood; and (2) Any corporation that sells its goods or services to Americans must pay corporate taxes in the U.S., whether they are chartered in Maryland, an overseas tax shelter, or another solar system.
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