December 22, 2004
State officials announced yesterday that the number of Marylanders receiving welfare benefits continues to decline, down to 66,725 people last month. The number is the lowest since December 1963 and marks a steady decline since passage of the 1996 federal welfare reform law, according to the Maryland Department of Human Resources. In January 1995, more than 227,000 people in Maryland were receiving benefits. "The fact that we continue to reach record lows in the number of people receiving benefits demonstrates two things," said Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in a statement.
August 6, 2001
Maryland's foreign-born population tops 530,000 - more than one Maryland resident in 10 - according to the Census Bureau's best estimate since the 1990 census. The total is up 69 percent from the 313,000 foreign-born Marylanders counted in 1990, and it exceeds the Census Bureau's most recent estimate, reported last year, by about 80,000. Maryland's foreign-born are less likely to be Latino than those in the nation as a whole and more likely to be Asian or African. Nearly half of them - about 250,000 - arrived in the United States during the 1990s.
February 4, 1991
Now that the state AIDS administration has lowered its estimate of the number of HIV-infected people in Maryland, it appears that between 16,000 and 28,000 state residents are carrying the HIV virus. That's substantially down from earlier estimates that suggested as many as 60,000 people could be infected.Unless a cure or vaccine is discovered, virtually everyone carrying the virus eventually will come down with full-blown AIDS, according to our present understanding of the disease. So the reduced figures are welcome news indeed.
May 3, 1993
The merry month of May is many things to many people in Maryland. It's the Preakness, the beginning of summer on Atlantic Ocean beaches, trekking in Western Maryland mountains. It's also Maryland Preservation Month, which is as wonderful an excuse as any to examine the enormous variety of Maryland communities.Throughout May, dozens of exhibits, tours and workshops are being held to "make the connection" between preservation and livable communities, which is the official slogan of the month.
April 30, 1999
New-car sales, a barometer of Maryland's economic health, jumped 16.3 percent last month, according to figures released yesterday by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.It was the fifth consecutive month in which sales were higher than in the corresponding period of the previous year. Sales have been up in nine of the past 11 months.Showroom business was stronger last month than in any March since the MVA resumed releasing title registration figures, which equate to sales, in 1991."Business is good, there's no doubt about it," said Chuck Boyle, president of Boyle Buick Inc. in Abingdon and chairman of the Maryland New Car and Truck Dealers Association.
March 15, 2001
LET THEM EAT regulations. With apologies to Marie Antoinette, regulatory purity has become a roadblock to feeding the hungry. Rather than run afoul of federal restrictions, the Glendening administration seems determined to defend a maze of obstacles that makes it difficult to get food stamps. Let's replace unnecessary frustration with common sense. There's no excuse for hunger in a state and nation with enormous budget surpluses. If human concerns were not enough, welfare reform's success depends on maintaining food assistance to new workers who are only marginally capable of sustaining themselves as they start low-wage jobs.