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By Gregory Karp and Gregory Karp,Morning Call | June 17, 2007
You should definitely spend money on a vacation this summer, unless you're financially strapped. Why? Because it's more likely to make you happy than any material purchase. You'll get better value for your money. In short, you can, in fact, buy happiness - if you know how. The answer lies in the simple slogan from the Center for a New American Dream, "More fun, less stuff." A pile of academic research shows that positive life experiences contribute to happiness more than things do. So, in terms of spending your money smarter, your discretionary dollars will reap greater return on such purchases as vacations, attending live events and visiting friends than buying more stuff.
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NEWS
June 26, 2014
Primary election is over. Congrats to all who chose to run and a huge thanks to the few who voted. Now, it's time to figure out how much candidates spent locally (in their own districts and even in Maryland). Oh yes, it sounds good when candidates say that they support local small businesses, but did they use them in this election? Chances are no. Campaign money flew out of this state for consultants, printers and even robocalls. Why? David Lessner, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Gregory Karp and Gregory Karp,The Morning Call | July 27, 2008
Among the most fundamental of money tasks is creating a will, yet nearly six in 10 adults don't have one, according to a recent survey by FindLaw.com, a legal information Web site. It's a shame to spend money wisely during your lifetime and then lose control afterward, as state law and probate court decide how to divvy up all you own and siphon money from your estate in the form of fees and taxes you might not otherwise have incurred. And for parents with minor children, not having a will means the state will decide who raises your children if you and your spouse die. Wills aren't only for rich people.
NEWS
December 6, 2013
The Baltimore Orioles have traded Jim Johnson, a top closer in baseball for the past few years, to the Oakland A's for second baseman Jemile Weeks, who spent more time in the minor leagues than the majors last season ( "As Johnson leaves for Oakland, Orioles look for new answer at closer inside, outside club," Dec. 3). Really? While majority owner Peter Angelos is a savvy businessman, I do not understand why he allows his team to wallow in the wading pool while the Red Sox and Yankees are going after the deep water, free agent sharks.
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | October 11, 2008
You have to wonder whether the economic downturn will affect the Orioles' budget. The club is also in the midst of an economic downturn. Total attendance dropped below 2 million this year for the first time in the history of Camden Yards, and viewership of the team's regional sports network has been disappointing. This might be the ultimate case of needing to spend money to make money, but it's going to be hard to project revenues going forward because of the effect the greater economic crisis might have.
NEWS
May 29, 1991
"It's a hard issue. In the end, the children always suffer. I'm sureeven they (teachers) are divided on this. You don't go into teachingfor he money, because there's no money there. But you have to retain good teachers. There's three places the county should spend money: teachers, police protection and fire protection. I don't care what itcosts. I don't mind paying the taxes, even though my kids go to private school."
NEWS
By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2005
Out-of-state boaters are spending a significant amount of money in Maryland, according to a new study released by a marine industry group. The study, which is the first of its kind in Maryland, estimated that boaters from far-flung ports spent roughly $153 million while they were here last year. "We really didn't have any idea about the extent and the activities of how many people were coming into the state," said Doug Lipton, an official with the Maryland Sea Grant Extension at the University of Maryland, which helped conduct the study.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 31, 1990
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is challenging an election-law exception claimed by the National Abortion Rights Action League, which, in recent months, has funneled more than $250,000 to support candidates in hotly contested U.S. Senate races in Iowa and North Carolina.Ironically, the exception allowing non-profit corporations to spend money for federal candidates was created in 1986 by a U.S. Supreme Court decision won by an anti-abortion group seeking to spend money on activities supporting anti-abortion candidates.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Sun Staff Writer | October 12, 1994
FREDERICK -- In a setback for the state Republican Party, a judge ruled yesterday that any money the party spends on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey will count against her $1 million spending limit.But Frederick County Circuit Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr. said the party's county committees, as well as other GOP candidates, BTC may spend freely for Mrs. Sauerbrey.Both sides said they were pleased with the ruling, which appears to end a dispute between Republicans and the state attorney general's office over Maryland's one-time experiment with public campaign financing.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | July 29, 1995
Two members of the board overseeing Baltimore's multimillion-dollar federal revitalization effort complained Thursday that the board was not moving fast enough to spend money for drug treatment for some of the city's poorest residents."
NEWS
November 7, 2013
The Columbia Flier noted, recently, that the multimillion dollar Horizon Foundation, whose purpose is to address local Howard County health issues, spent $40,000 on ads to convince Coca Cola to amend its advertising of sugary drinks. The Horizon Foundation has chosen not to fund numerous Howard County nonprofit organizations, including Grassroots, that serve the indigent and mentally ill of Howard County. Instead, Horizon Foundation decided its purpose is to address a very important national issue - Coca Cola, and its national advertising.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | September 25, 2013
Now that the Orioles are reasonably certain that Manny Machado will be ready for spring training next February, maybe it's time for the front office and ownership to parlay that positive news into an enhanced commitment to hit the ground next spring with a much more competitive team than the one that couldn't get its second wind this September. Of course, there will be the temptation to breathe a huge sigh of relief and bank on the continued development of Machado and the rest of the players who are still in the early stages of their major league careers, which would be just fine if you could guarantee that Manny will be the full Manny come March and the the rest of the key guys will be healthy and increasingly productive throughout the 2014 season.
NEWS
September 16, 2013
Why are state officials preparing to give students the Maryland School Assessment tests this year knowing that the exams can't and won't do what they're supposed to do, which is tell educators which schools are making progress and which are not? There's got to be a better use for the $9 million it costs Maryland to administer the exams each year, and the state shouldn't be wasting money on tests that don't tell us what we need to know. Maryland has used the MSA for a decade to evaluate the performance of schools and teachers.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
— The Federal Election Commission deadlocked Thursday over a proposal by the Democratic Governors Association to set up an organization that could engage in federal elections — a result that effectively permits the new group to go forward. After a series of meetings and hours of debate, the five members of the commission wound up in essentially the same position they began: a de facto party-line vote that will allow the DGA to create a group called Jobs & Opportunity that will expand its electoral reach.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
Those old jokes about Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown supposedly being a miser too cheap to spend what it takes to win no longer seem to apply. Brown has spent a lot of money expanding his scouting department in recent years, and he made another hefty investment this week. The old-school, hands-on owner rewarded Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins with a five-year contract extension worth $54.755 million, including a $15 million signing bonus, making him the second-highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history behind Ravens Pro Bowl lineman Haloti Ngata . Atkins is regarded as the scourge of the AFC North, shooting gaps and bull-rushing blockers to set a franchise record with 12.5 sacks to go with 15 tackles for losses and four forced fumbles last season.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2013
The Democratic Governors Association is seeking a ruling that would allow it to expand its role in federal elections as its chief fundraiser, Gov. Martin O'Malley, is considering a run for president, documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show. In a case that could be decided as early as this month, the Washington-based governors group is seeking to increase its ability to perform voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts in gubernatorial races - and its leadership stresses that it has no intention of engaging in campaigns for Congress or the White House.
NEWS
By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | February 19, 2006
The Columbia Association is likely this week to lower the cap on the annual charge that property owners pay and approve increases in fees that Columbia residents pay to use association sports and fitness facilities. The association board will give final approval Wednesday to the fiscal 2007 budget. Last week, the board, on a 5-3 straw vote, agreed to lower the cap applied to its annual charge from 5 percent to 4 percent. The charge is the tax-like fee the association imposes on Columbia property owners based on property value.
NEWS
By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | April 23, 1993
The Columbia Council turned down a proposal from developers last night to form a partnership to build and operate a golf course, an offer made just days before the council approved $5.2 million for construction of Columbia's own course.The action frees the council to spend money toward construction of the Fairway Hills Golf Course, a second Columbia Association course that will wind through Town Center, Wilde Lake and Dorsey's Search.The council had given the developers 45 days from March 1 to answer legal and financial questions about the proposed project.
NEWS
By John Fritze and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has raised nearly $500,000 in a federal campaign account he created last year and has made his first effort at spreading the cash around in early presidential primary states, a pair of campaign finance reports released Wednesday show. O'Malley, who has said he is considering whether to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, collected the vast majority of the contributions from Maryland donors. But the reports also show early signs of the national fundraising apparatus the term-limited Democrat is expected to build.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
Taking advice from Martin O'Malley on responsible spending is like asking for a diet plan from Two-Ton Tony ("Where's the beef in the budget cuts Gov. O'Malley keeps talking about?" April 7). Since he has taken office all he has done is raise taxes, raise fees and spend money. Let look at his last five budgets. In 2008 he spent $29.4 billion. 2009: $30.7 billion. 2010: $32.2 billion. 2011: $32.0 billion, and in 2012: $34.2 billion. Recently, he received approval with his 33rd and 34th tax increases when the legislature approved his $3 billion spending plan for roads and transit.
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