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June 14, 2011
Editor:  While already in a battle to stop allowing illegal immigrants to qualify for the state resident tuition, the politicians and MdTA are trying to increase tolls and abolish the Route 40 bridge decal system. Many have voiced your outrage at the proposed toll increases. I have one thing to say to the elected officials and the MdTA, who want to put their hand in our pockets again: "Our money belongs to us and you do not have a right to it. " Cecil is the only county citizens have to pay to enter.
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January 7, 2013
I take exception to letter writer James Kelly of Ellicott City touting Gov. Martin O'Malley as the Marylander of the Year ("O'Malley should have been Marylander of the Year," Jan. 3). To give the governor credit, he did get four laws passed (involving gay marriage, gambling, congressional redistricting, and the Dream Act) that were then approved by the voters. But Mr. O'Malley also increased the state budget (from about $27 billion when he took office to now $34 billion) while always telling us how much he cuts.
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NEWS
January 7, 2013
I take exception to letter writer James Kelly of Ellicott City touting Gov. Martin O'Malley as the Marylander of the Year ("O'Malley should have been Marylander of the Year," Jan. 3). To give the governor credit, he did get four laws passed (involving gay marriage, gambling, congressional redistricting, and the Dream Act) that were then approved by the voters. But Mr. O'Malley also increased the state budget (from about $27 billion when he took office to now $34 billion) while always telling us how much he cuts.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
Teachers, students, retailers and beverage industry lobbyists are preparing for a showdown Wednesday as the battle over raising Baltimore's bottle tax to fund school repairs moves to a skeptical City Council committee. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants to increase the tax from 2 cents to 5 cents and use the proceeds to float bonds. The mayor, who saw her school construction initiatives wither in the General Assembly, is pushing the council to quickly pass the tax, although it would not go into effect for more than a year.
NEWS
May 20, 2010
The bottle tax is an example of why we need term limits — not because city officials were considering it but because it appears they will not pass it ("Bottle tax goes into the can," May 20). We need our elected officials to make tough decisions, but when they are worried about getting reelected, they are more apt to bow to public pressure induced by money and advertising. In this case, the money and advertising has been provided by the beverage industry. While a regressive tax, the bottle tax is not on staples but on items that could be considered luxury items.
NEWS
October 4, 2011
Your article on how to shore up Social Security was intriguing. You are quite correct in stating that the program, while it will require to be adjusted at some time in the future, is certainly no Ponzi scheme and that it will continue to operate in a secure fashion for at least another generation. It can be fixed by a rather simple device of imposing a uniform FICA tax rate on all payers. The current FICA tax is a regressive tax on income (with no standard deduction or personal exemption deduction)
NEWS
March 9, 2012
Your editorial stated the justification for the Gov.Martin O'Malley's proposed increase in boat registration fees that are higher for larger boats is that larger boats require deeper dredging and that large boat owners can afford the higher taxes "considering such boats cost as much as $3 million to purchase" ("High and dry," Feb. 23). Your comments suggest naivete of the boating industry, as well as not being factual. This excessive fee significantly impacts the middle class who own the smaller boats.
NEWS
July 19, 2007
Reform regressive state income tax When George F. Harrison says the sales tax is "arguably Maryland's most regressive tax" ("Sales tax rise wrong solution for Md.," Opinion * Commentary, July 13), I interpret this to mean that I'm allowed to argue about the adjective "most." I contend that the most regressive tax we have in Maryland is our state income tax, which exemplifies the very definition of regressive. Our present seven-page tax table and a worksheet for incomes of more than $100,000 is nothing more than an inefficient, paper-wasting method to state that all taxable net income above $3,000 is taxed at a rate of 4.75 percent.
BUSINESS
By PHILIP MOELLER and PHILIP MOELLER,SUN BUSINESS EDITOR | September 25, 1991
The current laments in Maryland government about the state's revenue shortfall and the need for higher taxes is, taken by itself, one of the more hypocritical arguments to waft through these ears in a long time.The notion that higher taxes are needed to avoid layoffs makes no sense during a recession, when the state's private economy faces the same dilemma. Why not have the state government give money back to the private sector so the private sector can avoid layoffs?The argument that state revenues must be increased to save essential public services is the best-sounding defense of higher taxes.
NEWS
By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Evening Sun Staff | September 18, 1990
Some Howard County residents last night praised a proposal to cap increases on property tax assessments at 5 percent, but civic group leaders opposed the measure."
EXPLORE
March 13, 2012
In response to your March 8 editorial, "It's a terrible time to raise gas taxes…" I think, though it's a little fuzzy, that you are saying that you agree with the governor's basic approach of raising taxes on gasoline to help the state's Highway Trust Fund. I'm reminded of the old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me," but now I think we must also add, "Fool me over and over again, and I must be either a citizen of Maryland and/or on the Editorial Board of the Howard County Times.
NEWS
March 9, 2012
Your editorial stated the justification for the Gov.Martin O'Malley's proposed increase in boat registration fees that are higher for larger boats is that larger boats require deeper dredging and that large boat owners can afford the higher taxes "considering such boats cost as much as $3 million to purchase" ("High and dry," Feb. 23). Your comments suggest naivete of the boating industry, as well as not being factual. This excessive fee significantly impacts the middle class who own the smaller boats.
NEWS
By Ellen Valentino | March 5, 2012
There is no question Baltimore City schools need financial help to renovate aging buildings, but one aspect of the plan to finance this massive renovation project misses the mark and will have a devastating impact on hard-working businesses and families in the city. The proposed plan, known as the "bottle tax," would increase the current 2-cent tax on beverage containers to 5 cents for city residents when they purchase soft drinks, iced teas, water and juices from their local grocery stores.
NEWS
January 14, 2012
Hours before the 2012 General Assembly session started, Gov. Martin O'Malley dusted off the frustrating passivity he employed to such ill effect in 2011. Speaking to Marc Steiner in the radio host's annual pre-session show, Mr. O'Malley casually mentioned that if he had his "druthers," Maryland would avoid a lot of the cuts that will be necessitated by its current budget woes and would instead raise the sales tax by another penny. Not that he's actually proposing such a thing, he and aides hastily clarified later.
NEWS
November 1, 2011
Maryland is implementing or considering many new fees, tolls, and taxes to help pay for needed infrastructure maintenance and development. Some are blaming the "tax and spend" Democrats. But the blame for these increases, in fact, lies with Republicans who shield the super-wealthy from higher taxation at the federal level. In a recent article in The Sun, a blue ribbon commission member was quoted as saying, "We've got a serious problem. The federal spigot is running dry" ("Panels recommend higher Md. taxes, fees," Oct. 25)
NEWS
October 4, 2011
Your article on how to shore up Social Security was intriguing. You are quite correct in stating that the program, while it will require to be adjusted at some time in the future, is certainly no Ponzi scheme and that it will continue to operate in a secure fashion for at least another generation. It can be fixed by a rather simple device of imposing a uniform FICA tax rate on all payers. The current FICA tax is a regressive tax on income (with no standard deduction or personal exemption deduction)
NEWS
By Suzanne Wooton | February 3, 1991
The last time Maryland set out to make its tax system fairer, it created the "piggyback" tax -- the local income tax of up to 2.5 percent.This time around, tax reformers point to the piggyback tax as one of their biggest problems.While the tax was part of a 1967 plan intended to help equalize revenues among jurisdictions, critics say it now is the single greatest source of disparity in what local governments have to spend. It benefits high-income counties such as Montgomery, but it leaves Baltimore, with far more poor people and far fewer middle-income and upper-income residents, lagging behind.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | June 24, 1998
BOSTON -- You have to hand it to the tobacco moguls. These guys really know their business. Which is, of course, the advertising business.After the Senate deep-sixed the tobacco bill, I let my fingers do the walking through pages and pages of cigarette ads. Guess what? The young and the ecstatically happy are still doing their "woman thing" with Virginia Slims. The rich and the thin are still lighting Parliaments by the pool. The addicted and delighted have even gone on a hot air balloon adventure with Dorals.
EXPLORE
June 14, 2011
Editor:  While already in a battle to stop allowing illegal immigrants to qualify for the state resident tuition, the politicians and MdTA are trying to increase tolls and abolish the Route 40 bridge decal system. Many have voiced your outrage at the proposed toll increases. I have one thing to say to the elected officials and the MdTA, who want to put their hand in our pockets again: "Our money belongs to us and you do not have a right to it. " Cecil is the only county citizens have to pay to enter.
NEWS
May 20, 2010
The bottle tax is an example of why we need term limits — not because city officials were considering it but because it appears they will not pass it ("Bottle tax goes into the can," May 20). We need our elected officials to make tough decisions, but when they are worried about getting reelected, they are more apt to bow to public pressure induced by money and advertising. In this case, the money and advertising has been provided by the beverage industry. While a regressive tax, the bottle tax is not on staples but on items that could be considered luxury items.
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