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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 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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March 18, 2013
The article "'Fracking' brings prosperity, problems to Pennsylvania" (Mar. 9) provides an excellent overview of the controversy surrounding hydraulic fracturing. It's important to highlight the great costs of fracking, both environmentally and economically. Fracking can be disastrous for the environment in numerous ways, and these effects have real economic costs. This process can damage local roads from increased truck traffic, harm natural resources and wildlife, contaminate groundwater and cause housing shortages.
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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 Carol Emert and Carol Emert,States News Service | March 3, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The recession has hit Baltimore and Maryland counties harder than it has many local governments elsewhere, according to a survey by the National Association of Counties.The survey found that local governments, and their citizens, have fared worse in those states where local budgets are funded to a considerable extent by taxes closely tied to local economies. Maryland counties have suffered because of their reliance on income taxes and taxes based on real estate transactions, an association researcher said.
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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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November 4, 2013
With the 2014 general election almost exactly one year away, at least five of Maryland's gubernatorial candidates are scheduled to debate environmental issues for the first time tomorrow in Annapolis. No doubt questions will range from smart growth to climate change to the future of the Chesapeake Bay, but surely no topic is likely to prove more contentious than what Maryland should do about polluted run-off from city and suburban streets. Voters would be wise to pay attention to what the candidates have to say on the subject as it may prove the best way to sort those who claim to care about clean water from those who are willing to do something about it. The political grandstanding over the state's "rain tax" has been one of the more disheartening developments to hit the local environmental movement in recent years.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
President Barack Obama on Thursday declared a major disaster in Maryland following the storms and high winds of late June and early July, and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected. The deadly derecho that ripped through the state June 29 damaged buildings, utility lines and trees, leaving hundreds of thousands in Maryland without power. The disaster declaration covers the storms and winds from June 29 through July 8. Federal funding is now available to the state and local governments and some nonprofits for emergency work and repairs to facilities in Baltimore City and Calvert, Charles, Kent, Montgomery and St. Mary's counties.
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