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By Kevin Klowden and Arthur Greenwald | April 3, 2014
Life imitated art recently in Maryland as the producers of "House of Cards" played political hardball with state officials. MRC Productions filmed the first two seasons of the hit series in Maryland, and, evoking Frank Underwood — the ruthless politician played by Kevin Spacey — MRC officials said "we will have to break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state" if Maryland doesn't provide another $15 million in production incentives....
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Editorial from The Aegis | April 3, 2014
Way back in 1960, Harford County's population was a little more than 76,000, which, presuming an average of four people per house, translates to about 19,000 homes. When the building boom hit Harford County hard in the 1970s and especially the 1980s, local planning offices were issuing upward of 1,500 permits for new houses each year. Relative to what had been on the ground, that's a lot of new construction. In a community of 20,000 houses, 1,500 new ones amounts to about 7.5 percent of what had already been standing before construction started.
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By Thomas V. Mike Miller and Michael E. Busch | March 24, 2014
Earlier this General Assembly session, we joined together to announce a transformational economic development commission, a part of a joint economic development agenda that builds on the strategic investments Gov. Martin O'Malley and the legislature have made over the past seven years. While many other states made drastic cuts during the economic recession, Governor O'Malley made the right decision to prioritize investments in our future workforce. Together, we increased funding for K-12 education throughout the recession; we froze and limited tuition growth over the past 6 years, leading to one of the smallest increases in tuition rates in the U.S.; and we targeted investments to burgeoning sectors of the economy, including biotechnology, research and development and nanotechnology in the form of tax credits and investment funds.
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By Raymond Daniel Burke | March 19, 2014
Finding the road to a healthy economic policy sometimes is a matter of getting behind the wheel the proper performance vehicle. Driving the new Corvette Stingray is as enlightening as it is thrilling. The engine roars to life and propels you effortlessly, while its cylinder deactivation system produces astonishing fuel economy for a car with such unbridled power. Shifts are quick and nearly seamless. The steering is tight and responsive and combines with the rigid yet lightweight body and chassis to produce a glorious driving experience.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
Every year Anne Arundel County high school seniors leave the graduation stage with diplomas - and considerable moneymaking potential - in hand. According to a new study commissioned by the county Board of Education, they aren't the only ones poised to make money. In fact, the study suggests that every graduating class in Anne Arundel contributes more than $1.8 billion in value to the local economy. Officials say that figure shows that an investment in education reaps huge, immediate dividends for the community.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 2, 2014
Those of us of a certain age recall the scene all too well: Lucy pulling the football away just as Charlie Brown was about to kick it, visions of football glory dancing in his head. Charlie Brown always fell for the prank, believing that Lucy would finally come through next time around. Today's apologists for President Barack Obama believe (much like Charlie Brown) that the next policy or program will surely jump start a tepid, jobless recovery. And, as true believers, they are always surprised when it doesn't, when Lucy pulls the football.
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February 27, 2014
In The Sun editorial of Feb. 20, "Tax cuts for the rich," you champion progressive taxes and argue against personal income tax reductions because measured in dollars, wealthy Marylanders will receive more tax relief than those in lower income brackets. Yes, of course a rate reduction allows higher income earners to retain more dollars because they pay so much more in the first place. These are the very people who are fleeing Maryland, denying the state the ability to tax any of their income.
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By Robert B. Reich | February 26, 2014
If you ever wonder what's fueling America's staggering inequality, ponder Facebook's acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp. Facebook is buying WhatsApp for $19 billion. That's the highest price paid for a startup in history. It's $3 billion more than Facebook raised when it was first listed, and more than twice what Microsoft paid for Skype. (To be precise, $12 billion of the $19 billion will be in the form of shares in Facebook, $4 billion will be in cash, and $3 billion in restricted stock to WhatsApp staff, which will vest in four years.)
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By Michael Justin Lee | February 25, 2014
The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland gave us an excellent window into the concerns that world leaders have about the global economy - particularly China's shadow banking system. But while the concerns may be legitimate, the expressed fear - that China will implode from the weight of the system's problems - appears overblown. Although ominous sounding, shadow banking exists in every country. In fact, the more thriving and capitalist a country's economy, the more thriving its shadow banking system typically is. What exactly is it?
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will speak with the secretary of homeland security about a controversial federal program that appears to be deporting an unusually large percentage of immigrants without criminal records from Maryland. O'Malley raised questions about the Secure Communities program last week in a letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson. The two already were scheduled to attend a meeting as part of a gathering of the National Governors Association that began here this week. O'Malley said Friday he hadn't received a response to his letter yet, but added: "I will be meeting with the secretary … and I plan to talk about it. " Under the Secure Communities program, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement generally focuses enforcement efforts on dangerous criminals who are in the country illegally.
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