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By Pete Barrett and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Rob Ambrose can only vaguely recall the day he signed up to play wide receiver for the Towson Tigers back in 1989. He actually laughs as he thinks about all the time that has passed since then.  “But what does stick out in my mind is that we had actually just transitioned to Division I,” said Ambrose, now the Tigers' coach. “I was excited about the opportunity to have a chance to make history. Getting in on the ground floor of something really, really great. And many, many moons later, I guess I'm thoroughly involved in that.” Coming off a season in which Towson reached the FCS championship game, the Tigers announced a 17-player recruiting class Wednesday that Ambrose believes was bolstered by the success of this fall.
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Editorial from The Aegis | February 4, 2014
Just when most of us are becoming accustomed to marking dated items with 2014, the year just ended will be in all-too-sharp focus for a day or two in the coming weeks for most people. It's tax season and that means it's time to start at least thinking about those 2013 tax forms. As usual, the deadline to file falls in mid-April, Tuesday, April 15. Starting about now as most people are receiving the W-2 forms that report annual income along with various other tax documents, the prospect of a day of navigating the twisted language of the instruction booklets looms large.
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By Howard Leathers | February 4, 2014
It may be that some minimum wage earners would be harmed by an increase in the minimum wage because they would lose their jobs. But what about those who keep their jobs? A more surprising result is this: Some minimum wage earners who keep their jobs would be harmed by an increase in the minimum wage because the dollar value of the government benefits they would lose is higher than their increase in wages. This fact is illustrated by the Urban Institute's Net Income Calculator, which shows for various family configurations and income levels the "net income" - earnings after child care costs plus or minus the dollar value of taxes and subsidies - for the household.
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By David Rosen | January 30, 2014
Maryland has the most millionaires per capita (170,000, or 7.7 percent of households), but those families who make their money here don't stay here Although Florida has 31 percent fewer millionaires living in the state (per capita) than Maryland, there are 94 percent more millionaires dying there. Closer to home, Virginia has 13 percent fewer living millionaires than we do, but it has 13 percent more dying millionaires. One reason that might explain the discrepancy: Maryland has the highest estate and inheritance taxes in the country.
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By Mark Newgent | January 29, 2014
Democrats are pushing “income inequality” and raising the minimum wage as priorities at the national and state levels. President Barack Obama addressed them in his State of the Union Speech, and both issues are centerpieces of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda during this session.  O'Malley said this in response to President Obama's speech "President Obama's focus on strengthening and growing our middle class tonight was right-on....
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January 24, 2014
I encourage the members of the Baltimore City Council to pass the bag tax measure ( "Bag tax economics," Jan. 23). When this measure was proposed several years ago, we heard the same argument that it penalized the economically disadvantaged. This argument reminds me of the complaints when the city went from collecting trash twice a week to collecting recycling one day per week and trash on only one day. There were dire forecasts that people would have too much trash to be able to wait all week before putting it out. It completely ignored that the change in the city's policy would require a corresponding change in the behavior of the city's population.
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By Jim Rosapepe | January 22, 2014
As Gov. Martin O'Malley makes his final state of the state speech Thursday, it's a good time to look at what seven years of his governorship have meant for Maryland. The state of the state is clearly good: first in median family income, a top three state in income mobility, first in K-12 education five years in a row. And Maryland has already recovered 99 percent of jobs lost in the Great Recession. These are hard facts. But such snapshots overstate and understate Mr. O'Malley's impact.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Two organizations in Baltimore have teamed up to offer free tax preparation help to low-income LGBT residents in Baltimore. "I think the low-income community needs tax prep in general, not just the LGBT community," said Aaron Merki, executive director of Free State Legal, which provides free legal advice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders. "But there are a lot of tax issues following marriage equality that might need special attention, so we felt this was a particularly important year to provide tax assistance to our client-base.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | January 3, 2014
The Howard County Housing department will start accepting applications for the county's Moderate Income Housing Unit program on Thursday, Jan. 2. The January open enrollment period for the program will end Friday, Jan. 31. The MIHU program requires housing developers to sell or rent a percentage of new units to moderate-income households. To offer more information on the MIHU program, the Housing department will also host a free "MIHU Buyers and Renters Workshop" on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Gateway Building in Columbia.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
Much has been made recently about proposed pay increases for some Maryland's politicians, but even the highest-earning elected officials don't come close to the top of the state-employee income scale. Gov. Martin O'Malley's 2012 income of $150,000 was just a fraction of more than $2 million that Terps football coach Randy Edsall and men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon each pulled in, according to an updated state salary database made available by Maryland officials under a Public Information Act request.
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