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April 24, 2012
Thank you, Susan Reimer , for expressing my outrage over how taxpayers are shafted and played for fools ("From Cartagena to Vegas, partying on taxpayers' dime," April 23). The way the government squanders our money is obscene, and it's too bad Occupy Baltimore won't get on the case. I plan to protest a similar boondoggle perpetrated by the State Department that's ripping us off. All the summer job J-1 Visas so generously available make it more profitable for an employer to hire a foreign student for a job instead of employing an American.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's campaign for governor says in a new commercial that Maryland is squeezing its middle class with new taxes, and that he has identified more than $1.5 billion in state government waste. The Democrat's ad touts a waste-cutting plan that is described on his campaign website.  The website says significant savings would be achieved by reforming state procurement ($350 million), boosting Medicaid recovery efforts ($231 million) and reducing the non-violent prison population ($222.5 million)
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NEWS
May 8, 2013
As a taxpayer and a voter, I am sick and tired of government agencies that do not get audited every year when they are spending my money. After working in the private sector for 45 years and having the ability to spend company money, I know how important it is to be accountable when spending others' money. Why is it OK for these government agencies not to have the same respect for my money? Joe Heming
NEWS
May 8, 2013
As a taxpayer and a voter, I am sick and tired of government agencies that do not get audited every year when they are spending my money. After working in the private sector for 45 years and having the ability to spend company money, I know how important it is to be accountable when spending others' money. Why is it OK for these government agencies not to have the same respect for my money? Joe Heming
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August 16, 2011
When we lived off Lake Avenue, I noticed the lights on the Falls Road bridge over the railroad tracks were often on in the day. I have also noticed that typically some of the west side Beltway lights are on. Wednesday, for example, a long string of these lights were on as we traveled the Westside at 9 a.m. and were still on when we returned seven hours later. These are not isolated instances and have been going on for years - no, decades. This is another example of government waste.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's campaign for governor says in a new commercial that Maryland is squeezing its middle class with new taxes, and that he has identified more than $1.5 billion in state government waste. The Democrat's ad touts a waste-cutting plan that is described on his campaign website.  The website says significant savings would be achieved by reforming state procurement ($350 million), boosting Medicaid recovery efforts ($231 million) and reducing the non-violent prison population ($222.5 million)
NEWS
By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,Capital News Service | October 3, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Sixth District Rep. Roscoe Bartlett was the only Maryland congressman dubbed a "taxpayer's hero" Tuesday by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste.The Western Maryland Republican voted in the taxpayers' interest 80 percent of the time, earning the conservative lobbying group's acclamation, members of the council said.Twenty congressional spending votes, cast between January and August, were studied by the group. All of the spending proposals were deemed wasteful by the group, formerly headed by Maryland Republican Alan Keyes.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | April 1, 1992
County residents say taxes and government waste are the most important issues facing Anne Arundel, with education second and jobs and unemployment third.Taxes and budget waste were listed as the most important issues for 33 percent of the 800 people who responded to a telephone poll conducted over the past month by Anne Arundel Community College.Education concerns were the most important issue for 20 percent of the respondents. Jobs and employment were a top priority for 14 percent, followed by crime and drugs (10 percent)
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Anne Arundel Bureau of The Sun | October 27, 1990
ANNAPOLIS -- Angered by wasteful government spending and the specter of higher taxes, about 100 people huddled in the dark in front of the State House last night to vent their frustration and kick off a national day of tax protest."
NEWS
November 1, 2010
The Sun praises Maryland bridge chief Earle Freedman's devotion to building beautiful bridges, such as the one that carries Reisterstown Road across the Beltway ( "Career of Md.'s longest-serving worker spans 60 years," Nov. 1). You don't mention the price Maryland taxpayers pay for Mr. Freedman's aesthetic preferences. Do we really need "brickwork and antique-style lighting fixtures" on a bridge over a freeway? How many millions of our dollars have been spent over the years to satisfy Mr. Freedman's personal taste?
NEWS
November 13, 2012
I couldn't agree more with Dan Rodricks ' recent column on marijuana policy ("The nonsense of marijuana busts shown," Nov. 11). It should be apparent to all except those with a vested interest in keeping marijuana banned that our entire "war on drugs," and especially the nation's marijuana policy, has utterly failed. It has failed for the same reason the ban on alcohol failed during Prohibition - there simply is so much demand for marijuana that no amount of tax dollars can stop the supply.
NEWS
August 23, 2012
Eighteen billion dollars. That is how much money American taxpayers have paid since 1995 to subsidize the production of four junk food ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, corn starch, and soy oil. Instead of using our tax money to produce healthy fruits and vegetables, the dollars major agribusinesses receive from the federal government too often ends up as empty calories. This is government waste at its finest. It's even more ridiculous given that rates of childhood obesity have tripled in the past three decades.
NEWS
April 24, 2012
Thank you, Susan Reimer , for expressing my outrage over how taxpayers are shafted and played for fools ("From Cartagena to Vegas, partying on taxpayers' dime," April 23). The way the government squanders our money is obscene, and it's too bad Occupy Baltimore won't get on the case. I plan to protest a similar boondoggle perpetrated by the State Department that's ripping us off. All the summer job J-1 Visas so generously available make it more profitable for an employer to hire a foreign student for a job instead of employing an American.
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Susan Reimer | April 23, 2012
It has been a tough news cycle for taxpayers. Not only did we get a real-time look on April 17 at what we donate to the government, we also are getting a harrowing look at how the government spends it. The General Services Administration, often referred to as the government's personal shopper, blew $822,000 flying 300 of its employees to Las Vegas for a four-day bonding experience that included a clown, a mind-reader and $7,000 worth of sushi....
NEWS
August 16, 2011
When we lived off Lake Avenue, I noticed the lights on the Falls Road bridge over the railroad tracks were often on in the day. I have also noticed that typically some of the west side Beltway lights are on. Wednesday, for example, a long string of these lights were on as we traveled the Westside at 9 a.m. and were still on when we returned seven hours later. These are not isolated instances and have been going on for years - no, decades. This is another example of government waste.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2011
City employees or residents who tip off the inspector general's office to misdeeds will be eligible for cash rewards under a program approved by the city's spending board today. Under the policy, tipsters could receive 10 percent of the money saved by the city in exchange for providing "substantial information not previously known" by the inspector general's office, comptroller or law department. Inspector General David McClintock said the policy is modeled after a federal program and is intended to encourage residents and employees to speak out about government waste.
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By Myriam Marquez | August 31, 1993
THIS riddle brought to you by Vice President Al Gore: What do ashtrays, mohair and fruitcake have in common?If you said government waste, you're on to something. So is Mr. Gore.For the past six months, Mr. Gore has headed the National Performance Review, which intends to streamline the way the federal government does business. On Sept. 7, the vice president will release the review's findings.Using those recommendations, President Clinton is expected to send to Congress by October a bill that would do away with programs that are no longer needed and nix picayune government purchasing regulations for everything from ashtrays to fruitcake.
NEWS
May 31, 1994
Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland's Sixth Congressional District can take pride in at least one accomplishment during his first term: No White House official will ever again fly a government helicopter to play a round of golf. Thanks in part to the Western Maryland congressman's dedication to eradicating government waste, President Clinton last week summarily dismissed his long-time friend David Watkins from his position as White House director of administration.Mr. Watkins made the mistake of using the presidential helicopter to fly to Holly Hills Country Club near New Market.
NEWS
November 1, 2010
The Sun praises Maryland bridge chief Earle Freedman's devotion to building beautiful bridges, such as the one that carries Reisterstown Road across the Beltway ( "Career of Md.'s longest-serving worker spans 60 years," Nov. 1). You don't mention the price Maryland taxpayers pay for Mr. Freedman's aesthetic preferences. Do we really need "brickwork and antique-style lighting fixtures" on a bridge over a freeway? How many millions of our dollars have been spent over the years to satisfy Mr. Freedman's personal taste?
NEWS
October 18, 2010
In an ironic twist, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, the council member who spoke up loudest in opposition to a plan last year to slash the budget of Baltimore's inspector general, finds himself in the crosshairs of the city government watchdog over spending on a computer contract. According to a report filed by Inspector General David N. McClintock, Mr. Young's office paid a private contractor who was already working for the transportation department $3,700 to work on his website without establishing a new agreement for the work.
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