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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 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
February 21, 2012
If Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to shift some teacher pension costs to the counties is approved by the legislature, no jurisdiction will take so large a hit in the first year as Baltimore County. Poorer jurisdictions are due to get an influx of direct state aid under the governor's proposal, and richer ones benefit more from Mr. O'Malley's idea to limit income tax exemptions and deductions for the top fifth of earners. The result is that Baltimore County would see a hit of nearly $3 million in the fiscal year that begins in July, with the effects magnified in the years after that.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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