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September 29, 2014
Why doesn't The Sun ask Gov. Martin O'Malley if taxing the businesses that left the state or did not locate here in the first place because of the high taxes had anything to do with declining tax revenue ( "The budget apocalypse that isn't," Sept. 26)? That will be the day! F. Cordell, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
September 29, 2014
Why doesn't The Sun ask Gov. Martin O'Malley if taxing the businesses that left the state or did not locate here in the first place because of the high taxes had anything to do with declining tax revenue ( "The budget apocalypse that isn't," Sept. 26)? That will be the day! F. Cordell, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
January 25, 2012
At a time when birth control is cheap and readily available, it's deplorable Baltimore City has such high rates of abortion. But unlike your columnist, I don't think this has anything to do with the shrinking population of the city ("Abortion and population," Jan. 23). Whatever the 18 t h -century French philosopher Montesquieu said about the great cities of the past, it has no bearing on Baltimore in 2012. The reason people flee Baltimore is twofold: Exorbitant property taxes and a rotten school system.
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
September 16, 2000
THE PROTESTS shutting off gasoline supplies in Europe are popular with consumers, oil companies and OPEC governments. All parties resent the high taxes that European governments slap on oil products. This strike action was undertaken by small business proprietors such as farmers, truckers and commercial fishermen -- not against high prices in the oil field, but high taxes at the pump. That is not equivalent to American anguish over current gasoline prices. The European protesters are demanding prices and fuel taxes more nearly resembling ours.
NEWS
By Larry Hogan | February 19, 2013
In his recent State of the State speech, Gov. Martin O'Malley said, "Our story, Maryland's story, is the story of better choices and better results. " This is certainly the kind of high rhetorical flourish we have come to expect from state leaders during legislative session time in Annapolis. Mr. O'Malley's rosy rhetoric reminded me of another former governor who harbored presidential ambitions: Ronald Reagan, who once said, "Facts are stubborn things. " In assessing the economic health of our state, I'm inclined to focus on the facts.
NEWS
May 9, 2014
"If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. " That little nugget of truth, also known as the "law of the instrument," can be applied to more than just tool selection. When it comes to some closely-held beliefs, people tend to see circumstances as frequently proving them correct - even when they do nothing of the kind. At least that might explain why a recently-released Gallup poll finding that 47 percent of Maryland residents would choose to move if they could - the third highest percentage among the states - is being cited by many as evidence of failed tax policy.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | September 14, 1990
Iran is run by a duumvirate. The Good Iranian supports sanctions against Iraq. The Bad Iranian seeks holy war against America. We are meant to guess which is really in charge.The Bush administration is going to sock it to the rich on home heating oil. They are going to have to pay just as high taxes as the poor, and have so much more home to heat.
NEWS
December 22, 2011
Kudos to Jamie Smith Hopkins and Scott Calvert for their excellent investigative report on Homestead Property Tax Credit ("Distorted discount," Dec. 18). I always thought I was paying much more taxes than my neighbors. I went online, and saw for myself. Some of my neighbors are getting a whopping 46 percent credit for a house assessed $20,000 more than mine, while I get a measly 24 percent credit. I can't figure it out because I bought my house long before they did. I feel even worse for those of my neighbors who are getting no credit, and I know they can't afford the high taxes.
NEWS
January 31, 2011
Baltimore's poor snow removal efforts ( "Once again, the county beats the city on snow removal," Jan. 30) are just the tip of the iceberg and a reflection of city leadership. The only conclusion one can reasonably make is that there is little work ethnic, no measurement and assessment of performance and pervasive bad attitudes by city employees. This, when combined with lack of management oversight and leadership at the top to incentivize to hold people accountable, makes for bad snow removal and deterioration of overall services.
NEWS
May 9, 2014
"If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. " That little nugget of truth, also known as the "law of the instrument," can be applied to more than just tool selection. When it comes to some closely-held beliefs, people tend to see circumstances as frequently proving them correct - even when they do nothing of the kind. At least that might explain why a recently-released Gallup poll finding that 47 percent of Maryland residents would choose to move if they could - the third highest percentage among the states - is being cited by many as evidence of failed tax policy.
NEWS
February 13, 2014
Thanks for putting the news about Sun Products closing it's plant in Baltimore and moving south on the front page ( "Sun Products to close city plant," Feb. 12). I have my doubts, but just maybe the legislators in Annapolis will now take their heads out of the sand and wake up to the fact that their high taxes on business and people and an unfriendly attitude toward businesses here that they and Gov. Martin O'Malley have created keep forcing some companies to make these decisions.
NEWS
February 3, 2014
Your recent article on the legislature's revisiting of an 1861 vote supporting slavery requires clarification regarding several points ( "Maryland lawmakers asked to revisit vote for slavery Jan. 30). The reference to Maryland as being a "loyal" border state in particular is debatable Thousands of Marylanders flocked to the South to serve, fight, and often die for the Confederacy. Had members of the Maryland legislature not been forcibly imprisoned at Fort McHenry in April 1861, the state in all likelihood would have seceded.
NEWS
January 22, 2014
When Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County enacted 5-cent taxes on plastic bags handed out by grocery stores and other businesses, officials expected that the money the government collected as a result would quickly drop off as customers changed their behavior. As it turns out, that hasn't happened at all. The Washington Post reported this month that the city's revenue from the bag tax has been remarkably stable since it was enacted four years ago, and in fact even went up slightly between fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
Inequality is replacing the American dream, because the U.S. economy - thanks to Washington's mismanagement - is underperforming. America still produces one fifth of the world's goods and services, but it accounts for a much smaller share of global growth. Many U.S. products are no longer the best in class. Consequently, the economy can't adequately employ many of its college graduates, and wages are stagnant or falling for ordinary folks. America still has great strengths. High labor productivity, coupled with rising wages in Asia, make American workers a good value for global investors.
NEWS
December 31, 2013
¿     There was a major breakdown in the Maryland Republican Party regarding membership on the RNC Rules Committee , leading Morton Blackwell to join The Broadside to discuss his take on events. ¿     The Maryland Republican Party forbid bloggers from receiving credentials at the Spring Republican Party convention. ¿     Diana Waterman was elected Maryland Republican Party Chairman,  though Greg Kline had the final word. ¿     The Baltimore  prison Scandal rocked the O 'Malley administration , something that O'Malley had the gall to say was a “ positive achievement ” despite the i nabilty of StateStat to track the contraband . ¿     There was unsubstantiated and unnecessary fear of a potential takeover of The Sun by the Koch Brothers.
NEWS
December 31, 2013
¿     There was a major breakdown in the Maryland Republican Party regarding membership on the RNC Rules Committee , leading Morton Blackwell to join The Broadside to discuss his take on events. ¿     The Maryland Republican Party forbid bloggers from receiving credentials at the Spring Republican Party convention. ¿     Diana Waterman was elected Maryland Republican Party Chairman,  though Greg Kline had the final word. ¿     The Baltimore  prison Scandal rocked the O 'Malley administration , something that O'Malley had the gall to say was a “ positive achievement ” despite the i nabilty of StateStat to track the contraband . ¿     There was unsubstantiated and unnecessary fear of a potential takeover of The Sun by the Koch Brothers.
NEWS
May 8, 2012
If MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakeexpects to increase the city's population by 10,000 in the coming years, she better hope she finds someone of the same caliber as Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld ("Bealefeld to step down," May 4). With defense attorneys and community activists bemoaning his zero tolerance policy, he held his ground. This city is infested with crime other than murder. Residents don't flee to the suburbs because the city is no longer enjoyable, they leave because of crime and high taxes.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
Sen. Nancy Jacobs' commentary was right on the mark ("Marylanders' wallets run on empty," July 2). Gov. Martin O'Malley and the many state senators and delegates in the Maryland General Assembly who voted for higher gasoline taxes, tolls and fees have placed a further burden on Maryland's working families, businesses and retirees. One of their purported goals for this ill-gotten increased revenue is the construction of more expensive light rail systems that we cannot afford and which will not pay for themselves.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
Del. Ron George, a Republican who operates a jewelry store almost under the shadow of the State House, will go for the political gold as he makes a run for governor in 2014. George, who represents Anne Arundel County, confirmed Tuesday that he has made up his mind to enter the Republican primary race. The two-term lawmaker, who is 59, becomes the second member of the House to signal an intention to run for goveror next year, when Gov. Martin O'Malley cannot run because of term limits.
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