January 30, 2014
Christopher Summers of the Maryland Public Policy Institute writes of the O'Malley-Brown administration's folly in using our tax dollars for "costly transit projects" used by "less than 10 percent of Marylanders" ( "Maryland should brace for another round of taxes on transportation," Jan. 27). Mr. Summers apparently assumes that spending on transit confers little or no spill-over benefits on non-riders. Unfortunately, a very recent independent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research demonstrates the falsity of Mr. Summers' assumption.
January 21, 2014
I have a hard time understanding The Sun's fairness doctrine. We often read on this editorial page about our need to be fair to illegal immigrants (Dream Act, drivers licenses), minorities (income and education achievement disparities), our poor citizens (support for a minimum wage increase and opposition to food stamp adjustments), but nothing about the productive class of Maryland citizens. The productive class are those Marylanders who work full time, pay taxes, save their money (a responsible act or they could end up a ward of the state)
December 28, 2013
Are there any public service organizations that are held accountable for the job they do? School officials can't add and take part-time jobs with vendors that they have hired. City officials purchase speed camera systems without a performance guarantee and then have to pay $600,000 to break the contract. As a taxpayer and voter, I have grown tired of elected officials and the heads of public service organizations' lack of respect for my hard-earned money that they take in taxes.
December 18, 2013
I would like to underscore Chris Beyrer's recent commentary calling for lifting the U.S. ban on use of federal funds for syringe services programs, or SSPs ("End the senseless syringe funding ban," Dec. 11). SSPs benefit our communities by preventing new HIV infections, reducing needle stick injuries to law enforcement and saving taxpayer dollars. The SSP in Baltimore alone has served over 14,000 injection drug users and referred about 2,300 SSP users to treatment programs in its first 12 years of operation.
December 10, 2013
I read with astonishment your editorial calling for a 15-cent increase in the federal gas tax, to 33.4 cents per gallon ( "The toll on America," Dec. 5). This is on the heels of Gov. Martin O'Malley's hike in the state gas tax, which will go up every year because it's tied into the Consumer Price Index. By the end of this decade, Maryland's gas tax could be pushing 50 cents per gallon. The Sun trots out all the usual reasons for supporting this new tax: "The federal gas tax hasn't been raised since 1993," and an increase is needed to build and maintain new roads and bridges, it will help the economy and, the best one, other industrial nations tax their people more - so we should too. Correct me if I'm wrong, but has The Sun ever seen a tax it didn't support?
November 24, 2013
A recent report published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College belies the exaggerated storyline in the press that public employee pensions are the major expense of American cities and will lead to municipal bankruptcy if they are not reformed. The report, authored by Alicia H. Munnell, Jean-Pierre Aubry, Josh Hurwitz and Mark Cafarelli, took a sample of 173 cities and included the associated contributions to state plans for school districts as well as the contributions to their own plans.