July 27, 2014
The Potomac River has long been a symbolic divide between two states with divergent histories and politics. Today, the difference between Virginia and Maryland plays out in Medicaid coverage. In Maryland, low-income workers - adults living alone making $15,552 a year or less, or a family of four earning less than $31,720 - are eligible for Medicaid. In Virginia, workers with these incomes or lower are most likely uninsured. That's because the Virginia legislature last month rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe's appeal to expand Medicaid to cover this group.
July 22, 2014
If your roof starts leaking live a sieve, it's not only prudent to get a new roof but to install a short-term fix - buckets to catch the water, perhaps, or a tarp - before your house is ruined. So should it be with so-called tax inversions by U.S. corporations. The long-term answer may be tax reform, but right now the leaks have to be plugged. What is a tax inversion? It's when a big U.S.-based multinational buys a company off-shore and then ships its own corporate headquarters there to avoid paying U.S. federal and state corporate taxes.
July 9, 2014
Given that federal workers earn more money and have better benefits than private sector employees, and that the University of Maryland University College gets state and federal tax dollars, shouldn't the school offer discount tuition to all taxpayers ( "UMUC offers discount tuition to federal workers ," July 6)? Like most taxpayers, I have grown tired of organizations that receive my tax dollars to support their picking of winners and losers. J. Heming, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name and contact information.
May 9, 2014
"If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. " That little nugget of truth, also known as the "law of the instrument," can be applied to more than just tool selection. When it comes to some closely-held beliefs, people tend to see circumstances as frequently proving them correct - even when they do nothing of the kind. At least that might explain why a recently-released Gallup poll finding that 47 percent of Maryland residents would choose to move if they could - the third highest percentage among the states - is being cited by many as evidence of failed tax policy.
March 22, 2014
Who in local and state government is in charge of watching and controlling how our tax dollars are spent ( "Pratt, Young object to plan to hire outside auditors for city agencies," March 20)? We know that Gov. Martin O'Malley wasted over $200 million on a health care exchange that does not work. We have seen public employees in Baltimore being paid the wrong salary for years. When are Maryland voters going to demand accountability from government employees like the private sector does?
March 6, 2014
What's with the O's - Gov. Martin O'Malley and President Barack Obama and the minimum wage? Let's face it, most Marylanders and Americans know that the leadership locally and nationally do not care about the working poor. It's all about increasing the tax base so that they will have more of our tax dollars to spend. I think a requirement for those running for an elected position is that they should have worked in the private sector where they might have learned about profits and losses or have owned their own business.