February 24, 1991
Halfway through its annual 90-day session, the Maryland General Assembly faces an imposing array of unresolved issues. The state's on-going recession and the impact it is having on tax and spending policies adds even more uncertainty to these State House deliberations.With revenue forecasts changing every few weeks, House and Senate budget panels have gotten a late start focusing on the specifics of Gov. William Donald Schaefer's $11.6 billion request. When the budget-cutting begins in earnest, a vast array of social service programs could be adversely affected.
March 25, 1992
Given the turmoil over tax issues in Annapolis this session and the lack of statesmanship shown by many senators and delegates, it was inevitable that some minions would stage a palace revolt against House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell and his tax and spending package. Their misguided and irresponsible stance, if it sways the House, would plunge Maryland into a fiscal crisis of immense proportions.Somewhere along the line, someone in the State House has to have the courage to propose the unpopular.
August 23, 1992
How that two roisterous party conventions are out of the way, George Bush and Bill Clinton can get down to the serious business of a marathon slugfest until American voters register their verdict in November. At this stage, this can be said: It could be a Clinton blowout or a Bush squeaker; the reverse is not likely.What handicaps the incumbent president is a persistent recession that won't go away. Shortly before his acceptance speech Thursday night, the government reported a perverse jump in unemployment benefits claims.
March 19, 1998
LAS VEGAS -- President Clinton yesterday firmly rejected the Republican budget proposal, declaring that it "shortchanges our nation's future" by eliminating nearly all of his new domestic initiatives on education, job training and child care.Employing sharply partisan language and speaking to a cheering, sympathetic crowd of union members of the AFL-CIO, Clinton set out on a collision course with theRepublican-controlled Congress over how the nation should spend its first projected surplus in 30 years.
August 7, 1991
It has been a taxing year in Harrisburg. State legislators and Gov. Robert P. Casey have been locked in a bitter and prolonged battle over how to close Pennsylvania's $3.5 billion budget gap. In the end, reluctant lawmakers capitulated and gave the governor what he wanted -- including a whopping $2.8 billion tax increase. As a result, 100,000 state workers who haven't been paid in a month will receive overdue pay checks this Friday.But Pennsylvania's citizens will pay a heavy price for this compromise.
November 2, 1996
NOWHERE IN MARYLAND is the debate over tax and spending policies more heated than in the Washington suburbs. Prince George's and Montgomery County voters will decide next Tuesday which is more important to them: Money for schools and police or lower local taxes?Both jurisdictions already have voter-imposed property tax caps. But P.G.'s 18-year-old cap, known as TRIM, is starting to hurt. Schools and the police are in dire need of more money, but there is no flexibility under TRIM. County Executive Wayne Curry wants to repeal TRIM and raise property taxes to help pay for $63 million in new aid for education, police, fire, libraries and public health.