December 8, 2009
W hen it comes to helping people weather the effects of a recession, few things are as effective as food stamps. The benefits go to those most desperately in need, and because they must be spent on essential goods, they serve as an immediate boost to the local economy. But it only works if the benefits get in the hands of the right people. That's why it's troubling to see Maryland lagging behind other states when it comes to enrolling eligible families for the benefits and processing the applications of those who seek food stamps.
December 5, 1990
It's hard to tell who's right in the squabble between the regional Housing and Urban Development office and Baltimore city's Housing and Community Development agency. What's clear is that the dispute is a classic case of bureaucracies getting so embroiled in red tape that the original function they were designed to serve becomes secondary.The feds say Housing Commissioner Robert Hearn's agency hasn't kept track of millions of dollars in Community Development Block Grants awarded during the 1980s.
January 7, 1993
Protests from residential neighborhoods fearing a flood of prostitutes and strip-tease joints ended last year's attempts to legislate Baltimore's red-light district out of business. The city is trying again. Bills now before the City Council would subject adult entertainment businesses to so many rules they would soon be tied up in red tape.Up to now, go-go bars largely have been regulated by the liquor board. The new plan is to grandfather existing adult entertainment businesses; new ones would be classified as non-conforming uses.
June 20, 2007
Faced with Medicaid's low payments and bureaucratic red tape, some Maryland doctors are reluctant to prescribe buprenorphine for heroin addicts, even though the drug has been promoted as a potential magic bullet in the war against addiction, according to a survey set for release today. The survey, commissioned by the Center for a Healthy Maryland Inc., found that doctors were not always sufficiently reimbursed for their time and services and that there were other "hassles," including medication preauthorization, a process that in some cases can take 48 hours, and varying and confusing protocols among Medicaid providers.
November 15, 1995
WASHINGTON -- A panel of experts yesterday urged Congress to overhaul the nation's 60-year-old securities laws governing investors and public companies, but cautioned lawmakers to guard against changes that could increase fraud.The panel, which included three former commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said a bill introduced in July by Rep. Jack M. Fields Jr., a Texas Republican, has been long needed to restructure outdated laws that add costs and red tape to both companies that issue stocks and brokerage firms.
May 12, 2003
FOR NEARLY 30 years, Washington has provided housing-subsidy vouchers to millions of low-income Americans. This arrangement, called Section 8, will end soon if the Bush administration gets its way. Instead, federal block grants would be given to the states, which would be free to promulgate their own program details, including eligibility rules. Congress ought to take a dim view of the plans. Today's Section 8 program has serious flaws, but this is not the way to overhaul it at a time when the nation's low-income housing inventory is badly shrinking.