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By DONALD F. NORRIS | July 9, 1995
The editorial of June 24 (''State of the City: the Suburbs' Stake'') concerns the need for cooperation among the principal local governments in the Baltimore metropolitan area.Clearly, cooperation is necessary, even vital, to the well-being of the entire region. Unfortunately, at least five important structural factors, as well as citizen attitudes and behaviors, make cooperation unlikely.First, local governments possess constitutional and legal status, and as such are autonomous political entities.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff Thomas W. Waldron and Larry Carson contributed to this nTC story | October 8, 1991
Scores of angry protesters converged on the State House today to wave signs and voice their outrage at severe budget cuts proposed by the governor.Meanwhile, Senate and House leaders are nearing an agreement to stave off about one-fifth of those cuts -- such as to state police, welfare recipients and drug treatment programs -- without raising taxes.To do so, lawmakers are considering additional cuts in state aid to local governments and schools, as well as furloughs and early retirements for state government workers, Del. Charles J. Ryan, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said today.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 5, 2000
UNITED NATIONS -- After years of treading carefully around the issue of why so many countries stay poor or get poorer, the United Nations said in a report yesterday that much of the blame goes to bad government, a message that many leaders seeking more aid and debt relief do not want to hear. The report from the U.N. Development Program, the world's largest aid agency, is a call to rethink traditional ideas about battling poverty in the Third World. The report elevates "good governance" to the top priority in fighting poverty by the development program's new administrator, Mark Malloch Brown, whose organization supports a range of governance projects.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Staff Writer | May 7, 1993
Maryland's highest court was the scene yesterday of the latest skirmish in the war between tobacco interests and local governments.On one side of the domed Annapolis courtroom stood Bruce C. Bereano, the flamboyant lobbyist for the Tobacco Institute and lawyer for two cigarette vending machine companies.On behalf of Allied and D.C. vending companies, he urged the Court of Appeals to overturn laws that severely restrict the placement of cigarette machines in Takoma Park and Bowie.To his left stood his legal opponent, Angus Everton, who represents the two cities.
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By Christopher B. Summers | January 27, 2014
Marylanders who thought our debate over transportation taxes ended with last year's historic gas tax increase may be in for a surprise. A new study released by the O'Malley-Brown administration suggests that state government's long arm may reach into the commuter's wallet yet again. Quietly released in December, the report from the Local and Regional Transportation Funding Task Force floats the concept of regional transportation financing authorities, or RTAs, that would enable Maryland's local governments to impose new taxes to pay for road projects and transit operations.
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January 2, 1991
Who is to blame for the mounting budget deficits in state and local governments? Local officials fault the regional slowdown that has sapped income and development-related tax revenues. Analysts point to years of short-sighted overspending by local governments fueled by boom-generated tax dollars and public demand. At the state level, legislators are also reaping a healthy serving of blame for missing early warnings of trouble ahead.Governments in virtually every jurisdiction have been hit between the eyes by circumstances within and outside their control.
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December 8, 2000
SOME PEOPLE SEEM to think that Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger is pulling a fast one by not signing the comprehensive rezoning ordinance covering the northern section of the county. They're convinced he's giving developers a 17-day window to slip in a subdivision or two before the more restrictive zoning takes effect. They should stop worrying. Mr. Ruppersberger's concern is about the impact of this ordinance on properties owned by religious institutions, not homebuilders.
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February 26, 1992
The House passed a bill, 128-4, that would enable youth services bureaus statewide to charge fees for counseling based on the income of aclient's family.George Giese, director of Carroll's Youth Service Bureau, testified earlier this month in favor of the legislation intended to help the financially strapped agencies. The state has cut its contributions to youth services bureaus twice in the last year.Youth service bureaus counsel youths and their families to prevent and reduce delinquent acts and substance-abuse problems, and to help dysfunctional families develop new modes of behavior.
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By James Gerstenzang and James Gerstenzang,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 1, 2008
Crawford, Texas -- President Bush signed legislation yesterday intended to restrict U.S. investment in Sudan, despite his administration's concern that it improperly gives state and local governments a hand in foreign policy. The House and Senate, ignoring the administration's objections, approved the bill unanimously, and Bush signed it at his home near here while reserving the right to enforce it "in a manner that does not conflict" with the federal government's authority to conduct the nation's dealings with other countries.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | November 13, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- The Schaefer administration, in a scaled-back version of its once-sweeping land-use-control legislation, proposed last night that counties be required to do little more than acknowledge the linkage between growth management and environmental protection.The new proposal calls on counties to include within their respective comprehensive development plans six broad principles -- called visions -- originally set forth by the governor's Commission on Growth in the Chesapeake Bay Region, better known as the "2020 Commission."
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