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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2010
With a tight budget anticipated in the coming year, Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen plans to look at possible increases to municipal fees. While saying he wants to avoid raising property taxes, Cohen said that he plans a broad review of the city's entire fee structure, with a close look at another hike to the city's liquor license fees. "His sort of philosophy is that you should pay for the service that you're given," said Philip McGowan, a spokesman for Cohen, a Democrat. "The mayor has said we need to look at things across the board and say, 'Is the fee commensurate with what it costs to put out the service?
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Two companies that unsuccessfully bid to win a casino license in Prince George's County have agreed not to challenge the decision, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Tuesday. In exchange, the state will give back millions of dollars in fees and bonds. Both Prince George's Racing Ventures LLC, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, and Maryland Racing LLC, a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing, recently signed a "Release and Covenant Not to Sue," state officials said.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | April 26, 1992
The County Council amended a proposal to regulate adult bookstores last week, lowering the annual fee for a license from $500 to $200.The council must vote on the amended version of the bill at its nextsession, May 5, or the proposal will automatically die. The bill would affect stores whose principal business is selling or renting sexually explicit films and published material.At their meeting Tuesday, council members spent about 40 minutes debating the merits of 28 proposed amendments, many of which were minor wording changes that did not significantly alter the bill's effects.
NEWS
February 25, 2013
As I travel on local roads I often see cyclists or biking clubs out for a spin. They pay nothing for the right to use the roads, yet we car owners pay a gasoline tax and a license fee for the privilege, and the more we drive the more we pay. Isn't it time for all those who ride bikes to pay their fair share? It's time to tag bicycles just as we do cars. Instead of increasing the gasoline tax, why not charge cyclists a yearly licensing fee and have them help with road construction, maintenance and repair?
NEWS
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 17, 1999
WENATCHEE, Wash. -- When word reached the eastern Cascade hill country this summer of a petition drive to cut the state's annual vehicle fee from hundreds of dollars on most cars to a flat 30 bucks, Beverly Sandhop, a homemaker dealing with four kids and numerous tax bills, was ready to pounce.From her home on a cul-de-sac in this apple-picking pocket of the Northwest -- and from tens of thousands of similar sources -- a stream of taxpayer resentment at the Microsoft-fed wealth of Seattle found its way into a great river of discontent.
NEWS
By From staff reports | April 8, 2000
Measure to condemn homes is approved, heads to governor The General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to legislation that will enable Baltimore County to condemn and redevelop hundreds of properties in Essex-Middle River and two other aging neighborhoods. The Senate voted 35-4 to accept relatively minor amendments put on the bill by the House of Delegates, including more generous relocation benefits for uprooted residents and businesses. The measure -- a victory for County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger -- now goes to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who is expected to sign it into law. Essex-Middle River residents facing displacement have reportedly lobbied for a veto.
NEWS
August 4, 2000
MARRIAGE licenses are a staple of the county courthouse, a required legal document routinely issued for a small fee. The license is invariably the least of marriage expenses, a fee usually set to cover only the minimal clerical and archival costs of the registration. But society increasingly recognizes other, higher public costs that may be associated with marriage, and with its breakdown. So some jurisdictions have tried to link the marriage license fee to efforts to preserve the matrimonial union or to deal with possible consequences of its failure.
FEATURES
By Daniel Cerone and Daniel Cerone,Los Angeles Times | October 11, 1992
HOLLYWOOD -- Steven Spielberg has reached an agreement with NBC to produce 22 episodes of a big-budget, underwater adventure series called "Sea Quest" for next fall, according to a source at Mr. Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment.The science-fiction series about a research submarine in the year 2018 was created by Mr. Spielberg with Rockne S. O'Bannon, a story editor on "The New Twilight Zone." Roy Scheider was reportedly being pursued to star in the series, but no cast has been set.Officials at Universal Television, which will produce "Sea Quest" with Amblin, and NBC would not confirm the finished deal, but suggested that an official announcement would be forthcoming.
BUSINESS
By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Sun Staff Writer | June 6, 1995
Martek Biosciences Corp., the Columbia-based firm that is developing food and health products from algae, lost $2.04 million, or 24 cents a share, in the quarter that ended April 30, the company reported yesterday.By comparison, the company lost $1.56 million, or 19 cents a share, in the corresponding quarter a year ago.The company attributed the higher loss to speed-ups in its drive to develop, license and market Formulaid, a proprietary nutritional additive used in infant formula.The company acquired a fermentation facility in Winchester, Ky., during the quarter and is using the plant to produce the two key oils used in Formulaid and to increase the yield from production processes.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1995
Members of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants are answering readers' tax questions through April 15.Q: Last year I started a personalized book business. I purchased a license agreement and agreed to purchase the raw materials )) from this firm in Texas. The cost of that was about $1,500 and the license fee is $195 every year. Can I deduct all those costs as business expenses or, since basically the main part of what I bought is software, do I have to amortize it over 15 years?
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | February 13, 2013
A spokesman for the National Rifle Association in Maryland said Tuesday that his organization would not be opposed to requiring people to get a license before purchasing a handgun — as long as the licensing fees were reasonable. I was surprised to hear Matt Daley say this on my radio show Tuesday afternoon because most of the gun-rights advocates I've heard from are opposed to licensure — period. They say it violates the Constitution. So I checked the recording of my conversation with Daley to make sure I heard him correctly.
EXPLORE
June 7, 2011
In economics, the term elasticity refers to the way changes in one variable can cause changes in another. An important part of this principle can be simply put — the higher the price, the fewer the buyers. So, if you want to attract the highest number of customers, keep the price as low as possible. That's why it puzzles us that Baltimore County, which wants more people to register their pets, has raised the fees for doing so. The hike in pet registration fees is part of changes in many county fees that began last summer in the county.
NEWS
By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2011
Baltimore County's House and Senate delegations have voted to support County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's push to raise liquor and business license fees. Most of the fees have not been changed in more than 40 years. Kamenetz has described the increases as modest, affecting chain stores, parking garage operators, dry cleaners, restaurant owners and other businesses. State officials said they worked out a compromise with Kamenetz that lowered the increases and would not give the county authority to adjust the rates without further General Assembly approval.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2010
With a tight budget anticipated in the coming year, Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen plans to look at possible increases to municipal fees. While saying he wants to avoid raising property taxes, Cohen said that he plans a broad review of the city's entire fee structure, with a close look at another hike to the city's liquor license fees. "His sort of philosophy is that you should pay for the service that you're given," said Philip McGowan, a spokesman for Cohen, a Democrat. "The mayor has said we need to look at things across the board and say, 'Is the fee commensurate with what it costs to put out the service?
NEWS
By Katherine Shaver, The Washington Post | December 5, 2010
Residents of Leisure World in Silver Spring might be forced to abandon the long-standing name of the "active adult" community and its landmark steel globe if they aren't willing to pay for the right to use them. Leisure World has been a Montgomery County fixture for 44 years, and its 8,500 residents are considered one of Maryland's most potent political forces. But the daughter of Leisure World's developer says her company owns the trademark to the globe and name. After providing more than 40 years of free use, the company needs to protect its rights to the brand, which earns fees from real estate agents around the country who advertise themselves as "Leisure World specialists," she says.
SPORTS
By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | June 4, 2009
A move to bolster the budget of the state's Fisheries Service by raising fishing license fees has backfired, leaving officials scrambling for money and ways to win back disgruntled anglers. At a meeting of a task force convened by the General Assembly to improve fishing and fishing laws, an official acknowledged that a bill to increase revenue by about $2.3 million to pay for more staff and modernization of the agency raised just $1.37 million. "We're seeing behavioral changes," Tom O'Connell, head of the Fisheries Service, said Tuesday night.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | January 16, 1996
Key provisions of a proposal to ease restrictions on roadside vendors may be challenged tonight by several Anne Arundel County Council members.Two members said yesterday that they want to eliminate a proposal that would allow vendors in areas zoned for offices and strip shopping centers. And another is thinking of adding a provision that would require a review after two years to ensure the law is working.James "Ed" DeGrange, a Glen Burnie Democrat, and Council President Diane R. Evans, an Arnold Republican, said it is sensible to allow farmers to sell produce from roadside stands in agricultural districts, but not to allow vendors to operate in all commercial areas.
NEWS
February 25, 2013
As I travel on local roads I often see cyclists or biking clubs out for a spin. They pay nothing for the right to use the roads, yet we car owners pay a gasoline tax and a license fee for the privilege, and the more we drive the more we pay. Isn't it time for all those who ride bikes to pay their fair share? It's time to tag bicycles just as we do cars. Instead of increasing the gasoline tax, why not charge cyclists a yearly licensing fee and have them help with road construction, maintenance and repair?
NEWS
November 14, 2008
With the harvest of Chesapeake Bay blue crabs at a record low and the hardships facing watermen, it hardly seems unreasonable to require all those who catch crabs to have a license. At minimum, Maryland ought to know how many crabs are taken out of the bay, whether that's by commercial or recreational crabbers. A license is the best vehicle to help collect that crucial data as it allows researchers to more accurately survey crab catches. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is considering this modest step: Require those who crab from their waterfront property, with hand-lines from land or a few traps from a boat to be licensed.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2005
The Annapolis version of the national culture war over marriage is slowly strangling a Howard County attempt to raise money for Columbia's Domestic Violence Center. The county bill, which was approved by the local delegation, would increase marriage license fees in Howard from $35 to $50 and use the estimated $25,000 a year to help pay for domestic-violence programs. Typically, a local bill favored by the county delegation gets the blessing of the full chamber. But the bill is stuck in the House Judiciary Committee - one of a handful of marriage-related measures stalled this year by Republican Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr.'s determination to use one of them as a vehicle for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
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