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January 27, 2014
I got a big kick out of reading the fawning testimonial for Gov. Martin O'Malley written by Sen. Jim Rosapepe ( "O'Malley's record is strong," Jan. 23). It was almost like our dear governor wrote it himself because it was so much like the State of the State speech Governor O'Malley delivered in Annapolis the same day. And talk about praise. Senator Rosapepe states we are No. 1 in this, No. 1 in that, best in the nation in something else and on and on. But my favorite line was how Governor O' Malley has "managed the state through the tough times and cleaned up the fiscal mess he inherited from the previous administration.
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NEWS
May 15, 2014
I have been reading numerous articles on how the transportation budget has been drastically declining, and the proposal is to raise the federal tax per gallon of gasoline. The premise is that with more fuel efficient vehicles on the road, those vehicles use less gas therefore pay less taxes while causing the same amount of damage to infrastructure. My question to The Sun would be: How are you evaluating those conditions? We may have more fuel efficient vehicles, yes, we also have many more vehicles today than in 1956 ( "The toll on U.S. roads," May 14)
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2000
A tight labor market has prompted Taneytown officials to propose a hefty 6 percent pay increase for all 30 full- and part-time town employees in next year's budget. "It's an employee's market," said Taneytown Mayor Henry C. Heine Jr. Finding and keeping good workers is so difficult, the mayor said, that city officials had decided to raise the salaries for new employees. It didn't seem fair, they said, not to also raise the salaries of those on the payroll, Heine said. The city will raise salaries without raising the tax rate, however, because growth and alternative sources of funds are helping city coffers grow, said City Manager Charles P. "Chip" Boyles Jr. Like other Carroll towns, Taneytown has had trouble hiring and keeping police officers, although the 10-person force is fully staffed now. But a search for a certified wastewater treatment plant operator has taken about a year, Boyles said, and the city has two such positions open.
NEWS
January 27, 2014
I got a big kick out of reading the fawning testimonial for Gov. Martin O'Malley written by Sen. Jim Rosapepe ( "O'Malley's record is strong," Jan. 23). It was almost like our dear governor wrote it himself because it was so much like the State of the State speech Governor O'Malley delivered in Annapolis the same day. And talk about praise. Senator Rosapepe states we are No. 1 in this, No. 1 in that, best in the nation in something else and on and on. But my favorite line was how Governor O' Malley has "managed the state through the tough times and cleaned up the fiscal mess he inherited from the previous administration.
NEWS
By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,Howard County Budget Office Pub Date: 5/28/97SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Howard Libit contributed to this article | May 28, 1997
The Howard County Council unanimously approved a $358 million budget yesterday that will enable the county to hire 22 police officers and 20 firefighters without raising taxes.In approving the budget, the council's Republican majority backed off earlier threats to delay the hiring of firefighters.The council also resisted school board pressure to add $1.3 million to the budget for schools programs.Instead, the council executed the blueprint of County Executive Charles I. Ecker, not straying a single dollar from the spending plan he proposed a month ago."
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1999
Anne Arundel County residents consider education a top priority and the estimated $400 million school repair bill a serious problem, but they're loath to raise property and income taxes to pay for it, according to a recent community college poll.They would rather have the county borrow for repairs or use funds from a lottery, the poll by Anne Arundel Community College's Center for the Study of Local Issues showed."I am not sure what people fear about raising taxes," said Dan Nataf, director of the center.
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By Peter Morici | November 1, 2011
Whether the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction - the so-called supercommittee - reaches a deal to reduce the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion or stalemates on Nov. 23, Democrats appear intent on handicapping the national economy with higher taxes and imperiling national security by cutting defense. Those are the wrong places to solve the nation's budget woes. In 2007, just prior to the financial crisis and when Democrats took control of Congress, the deficit was a manageable $161 billion.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | November 13, 2005
Aberdeen's mayor-elect, S. Fred Simmons, said Friday that he is backing down from campaign claims that pay raises for police can be funded through budget cuts and said they instead might have to be made by raising taxes or cutting services. Simmons said a cursory review of the city's finances suggests there is less fat in the budget than he suspected. While a tax increase isn't imminent, he said he would not rule it out and preferred to ask voters for their preference: tax increases or program, service and position cuts.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | November 14, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. William Donald Schaefer said yesterday that he understands student frustration with budget cuts to state colleges and universities but that it is premature to be talking about raising taxes to avert such cuts."
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | November 14, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. William Donald Schaefer said yesterday that he understands student frustration with budget cuts to state colleges and universities but added that it is premature to be talking about raising taxes to avert such cuts."
NEWS
May 22, 2013
After listening to the news reports for the past week, I think I must be the only person in America who thinks that the IRS is supposed to look for people and groups who might try to evade taxes ("Taxing the tea party," May 13). I am an honest person (as are most Americans), and I file my taxes honestly. But even honest people admit that the fear of getting caught is also a strong motivator. Secondly, I think most people know that those who evade taxes are short-changing the rest of us because the government will have less money to give us the services we want and may end up raising taxes.
NEWS
April 22, 2013
In Baltimore County, like much of Maryland, tax revenues have flat-lined. State aid for such things as road resurfacing is not much better. County workers won't be receiving cost-of-living increases for the fifth year in a row. Yet amid all this austerity, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz last week proposed a budget that finances new schools and retrofits many others with air conditioning. There are millions of dollars for new school security systems, for a new family resource center on the east side of the county and for new technology for police.
NEWS
March 25, 2013
Article 6 of the Maryland Constitution, which senators and delegates swear to uphold, states that all persons invested with the legislative or executive powers of government are accountable for their conduct. Whenever the ends of government are perverted, the authors point out, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought, to reform the old, or establish a new government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2013
With three weeks left in the General Assembly session, Gov. Martin O'Malley and legislative leaders have begun the painstaking process of rounding up the votes to raise taxes on gasoline — a move so unpopular it hasn't been done here since 1992. The measure is what lawmakers call a "heavy lift," a vote that could come back to haunt them at the polls. O'Malley has been talking to senators and delegates one on one and in groups, trying to nail down support for a proposal that would add an estimated 9 cents to the price of a gallon of gas by 2014.
NEWS
By Pete Horrigan | March 13, 2013
Once again, Virginia has beaten Maryland to the punch regarding taxes on business and consumers. Virginia eliminated its gas tax completely and replaced it with a 3.5 percent sales tax on the wholesale price of gasoline. Gov. Martin O'Malley's new tax increase proposal would reduce the gas tax rate 5 cents but add a sales tax to the retail price of gasoline and diesel, resulting in a 63 percent increase in the tax on gas and a 90 percent increase in the diesel tax. Only in Maryland would we claim to "reduce" taxes in a way that results in increases - and leaves Maryland retailers at a devastating competitive disadvantage.
BUSINESS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
Grotech Ventures will be the first venture capital firm to invest in Maryland startup companies using $12 million in state money as part of the InvestMaryland program, state economic development officials said Wednesday. The firm was selected based on its history of investing in Maryland companies and its overall track record, said Maryland Venture Fund Authority Chairman Peter Greenleaf, who is also CEO of Gaithersburg pharmaceutical research giant MedImmune. Grotech was once based in Timonium and maintains an administrative office in Hunt Valley, along with its Northern Virginia headquarters.
NEWS
By Brian Sullam | October 18, 1998
POLITICAL ADS could not meet the truth in advertising standards imposed on the selling of commercial products.Most political advertisements, particularly those broadcast on television, qualify as well-crafted propaganda that is intended to deceive rather than enlighten.The television commercial for Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary that premiered last week easily falls in this category.His crudely crafted ad attacking Democratic opponent Janet S. Owens states that she and unidentified "liberal special interest" groups want to remove the county's property tax cap and increase local income taxes.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,sun reporter | October 31, 2007
Anne Arundel County residents' opinions are decidedly mixed on Gov. Martin O'Malley's tax proposals to balance the state budget, with strong majorities favoring raising taxes on businesses and high-income earners but opposing increases in the sales and car-titling taxes, according to a new survey. The Anne Arundel Community College poll, released yesterday as state lawmakers returned to Annapolis for a special session to weigh O'Malley's tax package, found that 61 percent of respondents support bringing slots to Maryland.
NEWS
October 23, 2012
Dan Rodricks ' column, "Voting to give more money to millionaires," (Oct. 21) was right on point. While middle class wages have remained stagnant over the last 20 years, the top 2 percent have seen their incomes triple (with both groups adjusted for inflation). Republicans say higher taxes on the wealthy kill jobs. In 2001, George W. Bush spearheaded the largest tax reduction in U.S. history (overwhelmingly benefiting our wealthiest citizens) and unemployment rates quickly spiked higher and have remained nearly double the Clinton era levels to this day. When were the golden years of U.S. full employment?
NEWS
July 9, 2012
At $2 per pack, Maryland has one of the highest cigarette taxes in the nation - and has reaped considerable benefits from it. With every tobacco tax increase over the last 13 years, smoking rates in the state have declined, not only among children but with adults, too. That's not only been good for the budget - the cigarette tax accounts for nearly $400 million in revenue annually for the state or 90 percent of all the tobacco- and alcohol-related taxes...
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