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April 7, 2010
The story on the Health Services Cost Review Commission's (HSCRC) decision about the state's $123 million Medicaid cut hasn't quite got the numbers right ("Patients, insurers to pay more," April 7). Where the story asserts that the commission voted to "make patients and insurance companies shoulder most of $123 million in Medicaid expenses," in fact it is the federal government that will shoulder most of the burden. While these are complex formulas, the split works out this way: the federal government will pay $47 million; hospitals will pay $39 million; and insurers will absorb $37 million.
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September 1, 2014
Students go back to school for the first time Tuesday in only one school system in Maryland. That would be Worcester County, home of Ocean City where the lure of sun, sand - and the availability of teen labor - convinced the local school board to rewrite the academic calendar for the 2014-2015 year. Elsewhere, public school systems opened last week, and they appear universally satisfied with their choice. That 23 of Maryland's 24 school systems continue to prefer a pre-Labor Day starting date would seem to present a teachable moment to everyone but Comptroller Peter Franchot, who continues his quixotic crusade to force a longer summer break.
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BUSINESS
By Myron Lubell and Myron Lubell,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 16, 1992
As your prepare your 1991 income tax returns, be careful how you treat that condo at Ocean City or Deep Creek Lake. Here are some tips for preparing tax returns on rental property.Losses generated from rental property are normally deductible, though they are limited by various phaseout and carry-over provisions. However, losses derived from renting a vacation home are subject to additional restrictions.A vacation home is rental property that has been used by the taxpayer for personal purposes for more than 14 days during the tax year or more than 10 percent of the number of days the home is rented at a fair rental value, whichever is greater.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Maryland might be a relatively pricey place to live, but the average resident can afford it - and then some. That's what a first-ever breakdown of consumer spending by state suggests. Per-person spending on goods and services for Maryland households is among the highest in the country but eats up a smaller share of personal income than in nearly any other state, according to a Baltimore Sun analysis of federal data. On average, Marylanders spent three-quarters of the money flowing in during 2012 on housing, gas, food and other consumer expenses, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates show.
EXPLORE
January 28, 2013
College Savings Plans of Maryland, an independent Maryland state agency, offers two tax-advantaged 529 plans to pay college expenses Both the Maryland Prepaid College Trust and the Maryland College Investment Plan can be used at most federally accredited schools across the country, including many trade and technical schools. Earnings in the plans are tax free as long as they are used for qualified higher education expenses. For information, go to http://www.CollegeSavingsMD.org/Webinar.
EXPLORE
November 29, 2011
The city government will be able to use some reimbursement funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover certain costs incurred when the city was hit by Hurricane Irene in August. An emergency declaration put into effect by President Barack Obama authorized FEMA to provide appropriate assistance for costs of required emergency measures. Under this declaration, the city of Laurel was eligible to receive funds to cover overtime for employees, equipment used and materials and supplies.
NEWS
By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 2, 2010
About 32 percent of clients served by the Maryland Food Bank reported having to choose between buying food or paying for utilities at some point last year, according to a study released Tuesday morning as part of a national survey. The report, conducted by Feeding America, the parent organization for the Maryland Food Bank, interviewed more than 62,000 clients nationwide, including several thousands in the state. Among some of the findings: &bul;27 percent of households served by the food bank have children under 18; &bul;about 9 percent of those households have individuals 65 and older; and &bul;63 percent of clients have incomes below the federal poverty level.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2012
A nonprofit foundation paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the Baltimore Police Department as part of the commissioner's signature training program reported that nearly 40 percent of the foundation's expenditures over two years covered entertainment, meals and travel, a review of tax records by The Baltimore Sun has found. The expenses reported by the Center for Research on Institutions and Social Policy included more than $34,000 spent on entertainment in 2009 and 2010, the most recent years for which records are available.
FEATURES
By Liz Atwood and Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2012
Now that August has arrived, I'm starting to get the kids ready for going back to school. I'm trying to get them to bed earlier. I'm nagging them to finish their summer reading assignments. And I have the 11-year-old practicing his multiplication and division. The kids are whining that I'm being too mean, but they don't know how easy they have it. I read a recent report from the National Retail Federation that says the average 13-to-17-year old will spend $36.48 on pens, papers, lunch boxes, etc. as they get ready for school.
NEWS
By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau | October 10, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Special Iran-contra prosecutor Lawrence E. Walsh, already under sharp criticism for the high costs of his prolonged investigation, drew a new complaint yesterday from government auditors over his personal expenses.The General Accounting Office, although not saying that Mr. Walsh intentionally broke any laws or rules, found that he had charged the government $78,000 more than federal law allows for room and board in Washington and while traveling.Mr. Walsh got $95 a day for a room at Washington's famous Watergate Hotel, even when he did not stay in the room, and that was wrong even if he could claim some room rent here, the audit report said.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Yesterday in one sentence: Mexico had its CONCACAF thunder stolen from it after 89 strong minutes, but Costa Rica held the confederation's banner proudly and is into the final eight. What's on tap: France vs. Nigeria, noon, ESPN; Germany vs. Algeria, 4 p.m., ESPN. What you'll see: There have been clear cut themes so far in the last 16, with the first day featuring four South American countries, yesterday pitting CONCACAF teams against European sides, and today matching up the only two African nations remaining with European powers.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Though Bud Light still rules the day, underage drinkers have some surprisingly expensive tastes when they binge, according to new research. The Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health surveyed the alcohol brands preferred by those classified as binge drinkers aged 13 to 20. Bud Light was the most popular brand for bingeing, with about 13.5 percent...
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Baltimore officials approved a $3.4 million deal Wednesday to sell a Fells Point pier for development of a luxury hotel after chiding a developer for trying to include campaign contributions to local politicians as part of the project's costs. Recreation Pier Developers listed contributions to City Councilman James B. Kraft and Del. Peter A. Hammen as part of the more than $3 million it has spent on the project, including the $2 million purchase of the Recreational Pier on Thames Street from the city in 2010.
BUSINESS
Jamie Smith Hopkins | May 14, 2014
A typical Baltimore-area resident is in the best position to save money compared with people living in other big metro areas, but many aren't taking advantage of that opportunity, according to an analysis by Interest.com . The site, owned by Bankrate Inc., said the typical household in the Baltimore metro area could save about $24,000 a year based on median expenses and after-tax income. That was No. 1 among 18 large regions the company analyzed. No. 2: Washington, with a "savings opportunity" of nearly $20,000.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
The Men's Wearhouse Inc. hired a business advisory firm to help it merge with Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. once it acquires the rival retailer in a $1.8 billion deal announced earlier this month. The firm, AlixPartners, will help Men's Wearhouse find ways to streamline purchasing, customer service, marketing and corporate functions of the two chains to save an estimated $100 million to $150 million a year. Doug Ewert, Men's Wearhouse president and CEO, reiterated the company's earlier plans to retain Jos. A. Bank stores under a separate banner.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
After a federal judge found that Maryland's historically black colleges face unfair and unconstitutional competition from the state's predominantly white universities, the parties headed into negotiations this month to work it out. But even with the far-reaching court decision, some worried the rights of black institutions wouldn't be protected and tried to put the judge's ruling on the books as state law. "I'm normally not a Doubting Thomas,"...
NEWS
By John Fritze and John Fritze,Sun reporter | September 6, 2007
A former aide to Del. Jill P. Carter's mayoral campaign sued the campaign this week for $236 in unpaid expenses, the latest political finance dispute faced by a candidate running for office in Baltimore this year. Ellen Townsend, a Carroll County resident, said she performed secretarial duties for Carter's campaign this year and incurred the expenses - mostly cell phone charges - during late April and early May. She filed a small-claims lawsuit for the money in Maryland District Court on Tuesday.
NEWS
By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2000
Some Columbia Council members are questioning whether travel and other expenditures made by Columbia Association President Deborah O. McCarty were appropriate, and the vice chairwoman supports an independent audit. The 10-member council discussed the matter with McCarty during a five-hour closed-door session Wednesday night that ended with no clear consensus. Pearl Atkinson-Stewart, council vice chairwoman, said there were "sufficient questions" raised about the "appropriateness" of some of McCarty's expenses.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Bus drivers, dispatchers and other public transit employees in Baltimore will vote for a new local union president next week, following the ouster of their elected president by national union officials. Union officials said Janice Murray was removed as president of the 2,600-member Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300 because she owed the organization $200 in travel expenses from six years ago. Murray's victory was appealed by a rival candidate, the local's former president, who said unpaid travel expenses invalidated her candidacy.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
The city's spending panel on Wednesday is slated to approve $9.7 million more to overhaul the city's huge water-meter system - on top of $83.5 million approved last year for the project. The Board of Estimates is expected to authorize a contract with EMA Inc. to "ensure that the program moves forward efficiently and expeditiously," according to city documents. Among other tasks, EMA will be expected to provide oversight for the project, including budgeting and "quality assurance," officials said.
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