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May 31, 2011
It seems lost in the budget cutting news and rhetoric that significant cuts to private sector businesses are likely to occur as the federal, state, and local governments cut back on domestic spending across the board. Small and medium size businesses sell many goods and services to the government, and without necessary government spending, their private sector businesses (and accompanying employment) suffer also. These examples include mom and pop restaurants serving government workers locally and various vendors and contractors, whether to sell office supplies or specialized consulting expertise.
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NEWS
July 31, 2014
I have read many articles about Michael Peroutka, the Anne Arundel County Council candidate for District 5 ( "Hogan, GOP concerned about Arundel candidate's ties to secessionist group," July 25). These articles are mostly made up of name-calling, rumors and other allegations without any evidence or sources other than the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is a tainted source at best. Where are the articles that actually include facts? Where are the supposed exposes on the other candidates?
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NEWS
June 3, 2011
I was dismayed to learn that my congressman, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland's 2nd Congressional District, voted for an unconditional $2.4 trillion increase in the U.S. debt ceiling limit without instituting any fiscal controls or compromises. Fortunately, the motion failed 318 to 97. Providing that kind of credit increase without any concurrent spending cuts or caps would have signaled to the world that we Americans aren't serious about living within our means. Such a message is egregiously irresponsible.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | July 5, 2014
President Obama appears to have forgotten -- or ignored -- why we have elections. One reason is to stop, or slow down, an agenda the public doesn't like. When polls began reflecting buyer's remorse about Mr. Obama in 2010, voters elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and might well have done the same in the Senate in 2012 were it not for some weak GOP candidates, especially in Nevada and Delaware. President Obama acts as if elections other than his own don't matter.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
Maryland for years benefited from its close proximity to the nation's capital, but the mandatory federal spending cuts called sequestration will be a drag on the state's economy for the next couple of years, said the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. "This retrenchment at the federal government level ... is tough this year. We are still finding out what the dimensions of this are," said Jeffrey Lacker, the Fed president. Despite the pain, the spending cuts are needed for the long-term fiscal health of the country, he added.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 13, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Even as the White House and Congress struggle to find a compromise plan to balance the federal budget, the outlook for the deficit continues to improve, and the shortfall is likely to come in smaller than either the Clinton administration or the Republican leadership had expected.Government officials attributed the improving outlook to a surge in economic growth and lower unemployment over the past six months that have helped generate more tax revenue and hold down government spending.
NEWS
June 12, 2014
The latest report from the U.S. Department of Commerce reveals that Maryland's gross domestic product or GDP, a primary measure of the economy's health, was unchanged in 2013. That zero growth rate caused Maryland to be ranked second to last among all 50 states for GDP growth last year, an abysmal showing by any standard. The news will likely be cheered by only one group, the Republicans running for state and local office who have been lambasting Maryland's allegedly unfriendly business climate and tax increases since the last economic recession for driving everyone from small business owners to retirees away.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | May 17, 1994
WASHINGTON -- An unusual pattern of growth has emerged in the U.S. economy in the last few years that poses a predicament for the Federal Reserve as its top officials gather here today to decide whether to continue raising short-term interest rates.For the first time since the late 1940s, the economy is growing strongly despite a sustained drop in purchasing by federal, state and local governments.The private sector is the only engine of growth in this recovery, unlike every other recovery in the last four decades, in which government spending accounted for at least part of the expansion.
NEWS
May 24, 2012
The Metropolitan Transit Authority's mobility program for the disabled looks like an expensive and unnecessary luxury. On a recent 20-minute trip to West Baltimore I spotted three of these vans that were either empty or had only a single passenger. This program must cost millions of dollars; how can we possibly afford it? If there is a justifiable need surely it can be met more efficiently by a private carrier. It seems there could be a good story here about an opportunity to cut excessive government spending.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | December 6, 2010
In Dan Rodricks Dec. 2 column ( "Tea party and GOP: Defending indefensible tax cuts") he cleverly combines his objections to the tea party philosophy of smaller government and reduced government spending with his objection to extending the Bush tax cuts for people making over $250,000. What Mr. Rodricks purposely ignores in his column are the results of the November elections. The election results firmly stated that the country does not have a tax problem, it has a job creation and a federal government spending problem.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
As early voting got underway Thursday in the primary race for governor, the four Republicans competing for the GOP nomination jockeyed to present themselves as the most qualified to take on a Democrat in November. The candidates taped a final televised forum in a Washington studio and, as they have in the past, largely agreed that tax cuts are in order after eight years under Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. But the normally genial discussion among the Republicans was punctuated by each candidate trying to reinforce his credentials as the conservative most likely to succeed in a state where Democrats hold a 2-1 registration advantage.
NEWS
June 12, 2014
The latest report from the U.S. Department of Commerce reveals that Maryland's gross domestic product or GDP, a primary measure of the economy's health, was unchanged in 2013. That zero growth rate caused Maryland to be ranked second to last among all 50 states for GDP growth last year, an abysmal showing by any standard. The news will likely be cheered by only one group, the Republicans running for state and local office who have been lambasting Maryland's allegedly unfriendly business climate and tax increases since the last economic recession for driving everyone from small business owners to retirees away.
NEWS
December 19, 2013
I am sad to read the recent commentary against legalizing marijuana ( "The folly of marijuana legalization," Dec. 12). It is an ignorant attempt to cling to outdated beliefs and lacks the vision our country deserves. The position of opponents like Gregory Kline, that the government is better suited to manage the individual than the individual himself, is an insult to the America people. The most common cry from opponents about legalization is about exposing children to marijuana.
NEWS
August 9, 2013
Dundalk was once economically and culturally vibrant and included our traditional Heritage Fair, Fourth of July and St. Patrick's Day parades, picnics at Chesterwood, Stansbury and Gunpowder parks and a myriad of historical events associated with North Point and Fort Howard. It was through the vision of our community that we could boast of the activities that attract visitors and community pride. Suddenly, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz decided he must sell our government center to generate funds for schools.
NEWS
July 12, 2013
I just received my property tax bill from Baltimore County and needed to call about the other charge appearing on the bill. It was more than the $39 rain tax - I had forgotten about the flush tax. Both of these taxes are to benefit the Chesapeake Bay so I guess we now have a tax on top of a tax. The only way to stop all this taxation and bring reasonable budgeting to our government is to change the people who run our government. There was no required fee amount imposed by the state, so the Baltimore County Council could have made the required fee a dollar, but they didn't have the courage to tell Gov. Martin O'Malley enough of the taxation and it was time to reduce government spending.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
Maryland for years benefited from its close proximity to the nation's capital, but the mandatory federal spending cuts called sequestration will be a drag on the state's economy for the next couple of years, said the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. "This retrenchment at the federal government level ... is tough this year. We are still finding out what the dimensions of this are," said Jeffrey Lacker, the Fed president. Despite the pain, the spending cuts are needed for the long-term fiscal health of the country, he added.
NEWS
September 8, 1992
Six months ago, American politicians took great delight in bashing Japan. They said Japan's unfair trading practices were responsible for many of America's economic ills. The litany of offenses ranged from dumping automobiles in the United States to closing its markets to American construction companies.In recent weeks, however, the political campaigns have been free of this rhetorical pummeling, thanks to Japan's economic woes. Plummeting land values and share prices on the Tokyo stock market have taken their toll on the economic superpower.
NEWS
May 31, 2012
The problem withRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column ("Debt without end?" May 27) is that he does not understand the role of government is to raise the money needed to provide the services that create and sustain a civilized society. Until people stop being born, the government of our prosperous nation should provide for the poorest among us, fund good education including supporting the arts, finance decent medical care and research into disease and health care issues, maintain police and fire departments, build good roads and other infrastructure needs, and protect our food, air, water and the rest of our environment.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | April 24, 2013
Four years into a so-called recovery, and we're still below recession levels in every important respect except the stock market. A measly 88,000 jobs were created in March, and total employment remains some 3 million below its pre-recession level. Labor-force participation is at its lowest level since 1979. The recovery isn't just losing steam. It never had much steam to begin with. That's because so much of our debate over economic policy has been beside the point. On one side have been Keynesians -- followers of the great British economist John Maynard Keynes -- who want more government spending and lower interest rates in order to fuel demand.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
In his South Carolina speech, Gov. Martin O'Malley said we have "cut state spending big time" ("O'Malley takes a tryout in S.C.," March 24). Since July 2007, Maryland's population has increased less than 1 percent a year and inflation has averaged slightly over 2 percent annually. Yet the governor's first budget in fiscal 2008 was less than $30 billion, while his most recent submission, for fiscal 2014, is over $37 billion - about a 4 percent annual increase over his tenure. Thus state government spending adjusted for inflation has actually increased on a per capita basis.
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