September 5, 2013
Only two words come to mind in response to the latest missive from the Greater Baltimore Committee wherein 52 CEOs say Maryland's highest priority for economic growth and job creation ought to be reforming the state's tax structure to make it more competitive: Good idea. That the region's business leaders think the state's tax structure is hurting the "business climate" is none too shocking. We have yet to visit the state where business leaders never grouse about taxes and the vicissitudes of government — state, federal and local.
August 8, 2013
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler's proposal to supply state prisoners with tablet computers exemplifies just how out of touch he is with the average Marylander (" Gansler proposes tablet computers for inmates," Aug. 5). Mr. Gansler must believe that it is OK to recklessly spend our tax dollars on ill-advised projects such as this one. It is time for us to let Mr. Gansler and other elected officials know that we will not sit idly by and watch them squander away our money.
July 30, 2013
Once again I find myself disgusted at the wasteful spending of our elected officials ( "State board balks at bar loan," July 28). Baltimore County, along with the state, is looking to lend $893,000 to the very successful Greene Turtle bar/restaurant. Baltimore County would be kicking in $240,000 so the Towson location can expand. And, the loan is forgivable ? It is beyond time for our government to get out of the business of propping up businesses with our tax dollars.
July 13, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city has nothing to lose and much to gain by borrowing $107 million to pay for new roads, parks and other infrastructure at Harbor Point, a now-empty tract envisioned as a glittering mini-city on Baltimore's waterfront. Under the city's plan, the money would be repaid from property taxes generated at the site, with the developer responsible for any shortfall. And if the $1 billion project takes off - as a place for thousands to live, work and shop - the city eventually expects to take in an average of $20 million a year in new taxes, even after paying off the bonds and for services such as fire and police.
July 2, 2013
In regard to the Baltimore City School System's catering bills, it's all taxpayers' dollars ("City schools food bills top $1 million," June 28). Does it really matter where the tax dollars come from local, state or federal? Once again a government agency and it's leadership show that they have no respect for our tax dollars. Do they understand it is not their money? J. Heming, Baltimore
June 17, 2013
President Harry S. Truman's famous adage - "The buck stops here" - sat on his desk in the Oval Office as a clear reminder that as president, he was responsible for the decisions he made and what happened in his administration. It sent a message that accountability would be an ethic of his presidency. From the scandals embroiling Washington, like the IRS targeting individuals based on their political beliefs, to the wasted stimulus dollars in Maryland that were supposed to help needy children, the days of "The buck stops here" are long gone.