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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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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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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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By Jeffrey Michael | March 22, 2007
Nothing says "Welcome to Maryland" like the real estate transfer tax. Those new to the region experience a moment of disbelief as exorbitant closing costs consume what they thought was a good down payment. Only Delaware, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., have transfer and recordation taxes in the 2 percent to 3 percent range found in Maryland. Transfer tax rates in most of the country are a tenth as much, and 12 states have none at all. In Annapolis, state lawmakers are concerned that transfer taxes are avoided when businesses that own real estate are sold, because there is no change in the deed to initiate the tax. It is argued that closing this "loophole" would increase fairness and revenue from the tax. Before expanding the reach of the transfer tax, the legislators should consider more fundamental questions: Why do we impose this tax?
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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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February 12, 2004
Mayor Martin O'Malley addressed the Homeland Security Leadership Alliance during a downtown meeting yesterday that was meant to establish more cooperation between the private and public sectors on preparing for terrorist attacks. During his address at the Holiday Inn, O'Malley said local governments were incurring the costs of preparing police, fire and health officials for possible terrorism. He said the federal government needs to provide more funding for such efforts. O'Malley encouraged leaders in private industry to use their influence to persuade federal and state lawmakers to give more control to local government.
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