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May 16, 2014
We, members of the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland, write in response to the editorial, "Spin control," that appeared on May 8. Our coalition is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates. We take no position on the Maryland gubernatorial race. The purpose of this letter is to set the record straight. Our coalition promotes honest, fact-based dialogue regarding marijuana use and the impact of its criminalization and advocates for the safe, effective, efficient regulation and taxation of the sale of marijuana in Maryland for adults.
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NEWS
May 13, 2014
How's this for a solution to the plastic bag problem that would not penalize poor people ( "Bag the bag tax," May 12)? As a community service, supermarkets could give a 5-cent credit on their bill to anyone who brought and used reusable bags for their purchases, as some stores already do. This would mean that those who were not bothered about a 5-cent fee and continued to use plastic bags would subsidize those who were affected by the cost....
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
The state has started a new tax credit program designed to help make home ownership more affordable for working families, Housing and Community Development Secretary Raymond A. Skinner said Thursday. The Maryland HomeCredit program allows eligible buyers to claim a federal tax credit worth 25 percent of interest paid on a mortgage -- up to $2,000 annually -- for the life of a loan, as long as the property remains a primary residence.   To qualify, a buyer's income and the price of the property must fall below certain limits, which vary by location.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
From afar, the recent dramatics involving "House of Cards" and the size of the film tax credit it receives from Maryland have offered intrigue worthy of a Hollywood-produced political thriller like, oh, "House of Cards. " The producers threatened to leave, some legislators threatened to seize property, and when the dust cleared in Annapolis, the overall budget for the film tax credit stood at $3.5 million less than supporters wanted. Now that a deal has been struck for the popular Netflix TV series to return to shoot a third season in Maryland, the episode has raised an important question: Is spending so much money to attract or retain film or television productions worth the expense?
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
"House of Cards" and the state of Maryland reached a deal late Friday that will keep the Netflix series in state to film Season 3. "Spoiler alert: we're going to keep the 3,700 jobs and more than 100 million dollars of economic activity and investment that House of Cards generates right here in Maryland," Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement. "Media Rights Capital has been a great supporter of the people and entertainment community in Maryland and we couldn't be happier to continue our partnership.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Property owners could be able to apply for most city tax credits through an online system by the end of the year, a set-up designed to improve the accuracy of a process that has been troubled by errors, officials said Friday. The online system went live Friday for developers of large apartment buildings, said William Voorhees, the city's director of revenue and tax analysis. He said he expects it to open to applications for the historic properties tax credit this summer and most others by the end of the year.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | April 22, 2014
Editor: Colossal stupidity is the best description of our lawmakers in Annapolis who did not vote to extend the full tax credits asked by the production company of the Netflix TV series "House of Cards," filmed right here in Harford County and throughout the state. The O'Malley political lemmings are making the same kind of ideological mistakes that have forced dozens of businesses and residents to leave Maryland's oppressive tax structure, punitive regulations and single party rule; all led by a legislature held captive by liberal Democrats and a governor with presidential Obama-style aspirations.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
I was surprised that Thomas F. Schaller didn't mention that some of us who "diligently pay the full monthly balance" on our credit cards receive rewards on some cards that can be redeemed as cash or applied to a balance ( "Paper or plastic?" April 16). There's much more to be said about convenience. Less frequent trips to the bank or the ATM to make sure I have enough cash on hand for any type of purchase suit me just fine. Garry Reck, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
Thomas F. Schaller | April 15, 2014
Cash or credit? Cash: At the Hot Stove restaurant on Cape Cod, which I visit every summer vacation for one of their tasty burgers served on English muffins, patrons must pay their tab in cash or by check. A few years ago, the pub stopped taking credit cards to avoid paying transaction fees to Visa and MasterCard. There's an on-site ATM for customers unaware of the new policy. If this sounds like a stupid, even selfish business decision, think again: Each year the Hot Stove's owners donate the amount saved in transaction fees to local charities.
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