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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 5, 2001
When a police officer seeks workers' compensation for heart disease because of job stress, local governments cannot have medical experts reject the state law that presumes police with hypertension and heart disease have an occupational illness, the state's highest court ruled yesterday. However, the unanimous Court of Appeals ruling said local governments could try to persuade a jury that a police officer's disease is attributable to other causes - such as, if records show that the person worked as a police officer briefly.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | December 12, 2001
The University of Maryland School of Law announced yesterday the creation of a legal resource center to promote anti-smoking legislation, the first of its kind in the nation funded by tobacco settlement money. Two full-time attorneys employed by the Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation and Advocacy will advise local governments on ways they can draft anti-smoking laws that will stand up to court challenges by the tobacco industry. "A number of local governments in Maryland have been frustrated, to say the least, in trying to pass restrictions or bans on smoking," said Karen H. Rothenberg, dean of the law school.
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January 1, 2012
It certainly is a fact that cities and counties always seem to know how to raise taxes but never how to lower them. It's time to take action. Maybe if homeowners simply refuse to pay increased property taxes when they should have been reduced, local governments will be stuck and forced to find a way to make do with less. Frank F. Braunstein, Pikesville
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2002
WASHINGTON - Mayor Martin O'Malley told a congressional panel yesterday that the federal government needs to quickly funnel more money to local governments to help protect cities from terrorism. O'Malley's testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee was meant to jump-start legislation to create a $3.5 billion Homeland Security block grant program in which money would go to local governments. `War on two fronts' "Today, we are fighting a different kind of war on two fronts," the mayor said.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | July 26, 2009
Education and employee pensions could be in the budget-cutting cross-hairs next year, as government revenues continue to shrink and officials find it increasingly tough to avoid the twin fiscal elephants in the room. That was the message last week when Maryland Association of Counties president Wilson H. Parran, who is also president of the Calvert County commissioners, and MACO executive director Mike Sanderson visited the Howard County Council for an informal talk over dinner Monday night at Lee Lynn's restaurant in Dorsey Search.
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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.
NEWS
October 22, 2006
The proposed Odenton Town Square is the kind of development that should be replicated as Maryland prepares for the arrival of thousands of new federal workers. It is transit-oriented; it offers a mix of residential, commercial and hotel space (plus some affordable housing); and it represents public-private investment. Managing the expected growth from the military base realignment and closure process (BRAC) will be shared by state and local governments. But the state should use its power to ensure that the BRAC development revitalizes old communities and complements existing ones.
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By New York Times News Service | March 26, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- In a turning point in federal policy, the Clinton administration entered into collaboration with California, lTC private developers and conservationists yesterday to avert economic clashes over environmental protection.The instrument of this collaboration was a small songbird, the California gnatcatcher, that few Southern Californians have ever seen. And the scene at a news conference in Washington, where the agreement was announced, was extraordinary: Environmentalists and their archenemies in the housing industry looked on in approval as Interior Secretary Bruce E. Babbitt declared the bird a threatened species -- with a new twist.
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By LESTER M.SALAMON | March 27, 1992
The Maryland General Assembly appears poised to balance its cuts in state aid to local government with permission for local governments to increase the so-called ''piggyback tax,'' the add-on to state income tax bills that local governments levy to help finance their activities.But there is a far fairer and more effective way for the state to help local governments:Require local jurisdictions wanting to increase their piggyback tax to allocate half the proceeds of any increase to a Special Regional Projects Fund that would finance projects of regional significance decided on by local elected officials.
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