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July 19, 2013
So, letter writer Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association, is worried that hard-working Marylanders won't be able to afford cigarettes if there is a tax increase ("Hike in cigarette tax threatens Md. Retailers," July 17)? This is actually a good thing as maybe it will be an incentive for Marylanders who can't afford cancer sticks to give them up - not just for their own health but for the sake of those around them too. And if convenience stores can only make their living off a substance that causes cancer, then it's time for them to either think of better ways to make money or to close up shop.
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Lorraine Mirabella | August 8, 2014
Maryland stands to lose about $5 million in tax revenue next week. And that's just fine with the state's chief tax collector, Comptroller Peter Franchot. Franchot said the state's annual tax-free shopping week, which starts Sunday, gives a boost to consumers and Maryland retailers at the height of the back-to-school season. The comptroller arrived at Mondawmin Mall Friday to kick off Shop Maryland week. Then with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake along to offer advice, the comptroller went shopping at the mall's Shoe City and bought socks.
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Lorraine Mirabella | August 1, 2014
Consumers will be spared Maryland's 6 percent sales tax on some apparel and footwear during the state's annual tax-free week starting Aug. 10. During Shop Maryland week, no sales tax will be levied on any single qualifying article of clothing and shoes priced at $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased. The promotion runs through Saturday, Aug. 16. "Each year this initiative helps Maryland families and gives large and small retailers a boost in these financially challenging times,” Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said Friday in an announcement.
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Lorraine Mirabella | August 1, 2014
Consumers will be spared Maryland's 6 percent sales tax on some apparel and footwear during the state's annual tax-free week starting Aug. 10. During Shop Maryland week, no sales tax will be levied on any single qualifying article of clothing and shoes priced at $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased. The promotion runs through Saturday, Aug. 16. "Each year this initiative helps Maryland families and gives large and small retailers a boost in these financially challenging times,” Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said Friday in an announcement.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget includes an early childhood learning initiative that would be funded by a 94-cent per pack increase in the federal excise tax on cigarettes. The federal government will cover 91 percent of the costs in year one, but by year 10 of the program the states' funding obligations would rise to 75 percent. In 2009, when the federal government raised the cigarette excise tax, total tax paid sales of cigarettes dropped by more than 8 percent. The proposed cigarette tax hike, which is a 93 percent increase, could diminish tax-paid sales even further.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | August 8, 2014
Maryland stands to lose about $5 million in tax revenue next week. And that's just fine with the state's chief tax collector, Comptroller Peter Franchot. Franchot said the state's annual tax-free shopping week, which starts Sunday, gives a boost to consumers and Maryland retailers at the height of the back-to-school season. The comptroller arrived at Mondawmin Mall Friday to kick off Shop Maryland week. Then with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake along to offer advice, the comptroller went shopping at the mall's Shoe City and bought socks.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
Organizers of Maryland's tax-free shopping week are aiming to give back-to-school buying in August the kind of boost that Black Friday gives to holiday spending each fall. Now in its fourth year, the annual tax holiday gives consumers a break on the state's 6 percent sales tax on most apparel and footwear priced up to $100. The week runs Sunday through next Saturday. The breaks have drawn criticism, principally because the state stands to forgo an estimated $5 million in tax revenue.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
When Amazon.com opens a huge distribution center next year in Southeast Baltimore, consumers across the state who buy books, electronics, toys or anything else from the online seller will no longer be able to avoid the state's 6 percent sales tax. Consumers might not like it, but that's just fine with many retailers in Maryland, who say the online giant enjoyed that competitive advantage for too long. Seattle-based Amazon announced plans Tuesday to open a 1 million-square-foot warehouse that will employ 1,000 full-time workers at the site of the former General Motors plan on Broening Highway, a move welcomed by city and state officials.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2010
Beth Hawks' cozy Federal Hill boutique is so chock-full of earrings, scarves, ornaments and other merchandise that customers taking it all in might never guess to what lengths she has gone to stock the shelves. As the post-recession slump drags on, Hawks and her store, Zelda Zen on East Cross Street, are struggling as never before. Longtime suppliers have gone out of business, vendors are demanding payment up front or cash on delivery, and loans and credit are tough to come by. She has resorted to buying inventory on credit cards.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2012
Retailers have had a difficult few years, especially the small shops that make up the bulk of the Maryland Retailers Association's membership. As the trade group's president since June 2010, Patrick Donoho has seen the effects of the recession as many longtime members were forced to close shop. Now with about 250 members, including hardware stores and other independent merchants, grocers, department stores and national chains representing 1,200 locations, the trade group is rebuilding.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
When Amazon.com opens a huge distribution center next year in Southeast Baltimore, consumers across the state who buy books, electronics, toys or anything else from the online seller will no longer be able to avoid the state's 6 percent sales tax. Consumers might not like it, but that's just fine with many retailers in Maryland, who say the online giant enjoyed that competitive advantage for too long. Seattle-based Amazon announced plans Tuesday to open a 1 million-square-foot warehouse that will employ 1,000 full-time workers at the site of the former General Motors plan on Broening Highway, a move welcomed by city and state officials.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
Organizers of Maryland's tax-free shopping week are aiming to give back-to-school buying in August the kind of boost that Black Friday gives to holiday spending each fall. Now in its fourth year, the annual tax holiday gives consumers a break on the state's 6 percent sales tax on most apparel and footwear priced up to $100. The week runs Sunday through next Saturday. The breaks have drawn criticism, principally because the state stands to forgo an estimated $5 million in tax revenue.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
So, letter writer Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association, is worried that hard-working Marylanders won't be able to afford cigarettes if there is a tax increase ("Hike in cigarette tax threatens Md. Retailers," July 17)? This is actually a good thing as maybe it will be an incentive for Marylanders who can't afford cancer sticks to give them up - not just for their own health but for the sake of those around them too. And if convenience stores can only make their living off a substance that causes cancer, then it's time for them to either think of better ways to make money or to close up shop.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget includes an early childhood learning initiative that would be funded by a 94-cent per pack increase in the federal excise tax on cigarettes. The federal government will cover 91 percent of the costs in year one, but by year 10 of the program the states' funding obligations would rise to 75 percent. In 2009, when the federal government raised the cigarette excise tax, total tax paid sales of cigarettes dropped by more than 8 percent. The proposed cigarette tax hike, which is a 93 percent increase, could diminish tax-paid sales even further.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2012
Retailers have had a difficult few years, especially the small shops that make up the bulk of the Maryland Retailers Association's membership. As the trade group's president since June 2010, Patrick Donoho has seen the effects of the recession as many longtime members were forced to close shop. Now with about 250 members, including hardware stores and other independent merchants, grocers, department stores and national chains representing 1,200 locations, the trade group is rebuilding.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2010
Beth Hawks' cozy Federal Hill boutique is so chock-full of earrings, scarves, ornaments and other merchandise that customers taking it all in might never guess to what lengths she has gone to stock the shelves. As the post-recession slump drags on, Hawks and her store, Zelda Zen on East Cross Street, are struggling as never before. Longtime suppliers have gone out of business, vendors are demanding payment up front or cash on delivery, and loans and credit are tough to come by. She has resorted to buying inventory on credit cards.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2010
For nearly a quarter century, the same man has guided the legislative agenda and business interests of area retailers including Macy's, Target and Walmart as head of the Maryland Retailers Association. Now Tom Saquella, a familiar fixture in Annapolis, is ready to retire and will pass the reins in July to Patrick Donoho, also a veteran lobbyist who has done extensive work with retailers. Donoho, 58, takes the helm of the trade group as retailers are starting to recover from one of the worst economic times in decades.
NEWS
January 14, 2011
The Baltimore Sun editorial "Pepsi Challenge" (Jan. 13) gets it wrong. The Sun makes the assumption that City Council actions have no impact on decisions made by companies. You cannot tax local manufacturing companies, add to operating costs, make their products less competitive and think it doesn't matter! Just a few months back Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fought hard to institute a $5 million-plus tax on soft drink, water and beer containers to help fund city government operations.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2010
For nearly a quarter century, the same man has guided the legislative agenda and business interests of area retailers including Macy's, Target and Walmart as head of the Maryland Retailers Association. Now Tom Saquella, a familiar fixture in Annapolis, is ready to retire and will pass the reins in July to Patrick Donoho, also a veteran lobbyist who has done extensive work with retailers. Donoho, 58, takes the helm of the trade group as retailers are starting to recover from one of the worst economic times in decades.
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