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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2012
When the General Assembly increased the state's  alcohol tax last year for the first time in decades, proponents fought to have the proceeds directed to health programs. They didn't get their wish the first year, when most of the money went for school construction, but this appears to be their year. Gov.Martin O'Malleyhas proposed $64 million in health programs this year that his administration has identified as having been funded by the alcohol tax. Last year, only $15 million went for such programs -- all directed to developmental disabilities.
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July 12, 2014
President Obama wants $3.7 billion of our tax money to care for unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our southern border ( "America's refugee crisis," July 9). If Congress grants that request the bill for it should be sent to Honduras, El Salvador and any other country flushing out its dependents. And the money should be paid upfront. F. Cordell - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By MIKE ROYKO | February 19, 1993
Now we are going to be told about the need to "sacrifice," and how we must all do it.Or maybe the operative word is "contribute," because some White House spin doctor decided "sacrifice" makes too many of us nervous.Who knows, by the time President Clinton finishes his pitch, he might be talking about everybody just chipping in what they can spare."My fellow Americans, we are going to pass the plate, and I hope that in your hearts there is generosity and you will . . ."No matter how he phrases it, what it comes down to is that he and Congress will put the arm on everybody except the poor, those who are part of the huge underground, "off the books" work force, and the fortunate individuals or industries that have bought and paid for a piece of a congressman.
NEWS
May 14, 2014
Letter writer Taylor Smith-Hams rightly points out the need for a price on carbon to fight climate change: By making fossil fuels more expensive than renewable energy, the market phases them out ( "Carbon fee is best climate change option," May 11). But where would that tax money go? Eight Nobel economists and the Harvard economist who co-wrote the latest IPCC report support a revenue-neutral carbon tax, paid by fossil fuels directly to consumers, not the government. Consumers will have that tax money to protect them during the transition period.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 15, 2006
Many electric utility companies across America are collecting billions of dollars from their customers for corporate income taxes, then keeping the money rather than sending it to the government. The practice is legal in most states. The companies say it is smart business. But some representatives of utility customers say that the practice - which involves using losses from other subsidiaries to reduce taxes - is not fair. They say that money that utilities must collect for federal and state taxes - typically a nickel on each dollar paid for electricity - should go for just that, or not be included in electric bills.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff writer | May 10, 1992
The Crofton Civic Association may be walking a thin legal line by using tax money to pay for enforcing covenant violations.Court rulings and opinions from the Attorney General's office say that public money -- even from a special taxing district -- can be used only to serve a public purpose.Since covenants are considered private contracts, using tax money to enforce them might violate that standard.No court cases have dealt directly with Crofton's right to use tax revenue for such purposes.
NEWS
July 27, 2002
In his 1779 "Bill for Religious Freedom" in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson wrote "that to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." Even worse than this insult is the injury of having your tax money used by a school to teach your own children opinions that you disbelieve and abhor, because you cannot afford to send them to any other kind of school. Article VIII, Section 1 of the Maryland Constitution commands that the General Assembly "shall by Law establish throughout the State a thorough and efficient System of Free Public Schools; and shall provide by taxation, or otherwise, for their maintenance."
NEWS
February 16, 2013
A recent letter writer called on President Obama to propose federal funding for poor women's abortions ("Poor should have pregnancy options," Jan. 19). The letter pointed out the severe financial distress that pregnancies can cause poor women. But as a pro-life Catholic, I would find it distressing to see my tax money used to fund abortions. It is disconcerting, however, that the same political party that would prevent my tax money from being used to fund abortions also restricts funding for social programs that could help these same women.
NEWS
March 23, 2011
I was surprised at the number of readers who wrote in to show their dismay at a bill that would give children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition at Maryland colleges. One reader went as far as to compare Maryland state lawmakers to Charlie Sheen. There were some readers who wrote in saying that we should "deport" these people instead of educate them. Others simply said they were criminals on whom we should not be spending any of our tax money. The apprehension these authors displayed is more of a testament to their intolerance than to their political leaning.
NEWS
March 8, 2011
Let me get this straight: the Senate of the state of Maryland, which is broke, is considering a bill to use my tax money to give a tuition discount to students who are here illegally, while students who are American citizens here legally from Pennsylvania or Virginia will have to pay full price ( "A flawed compromise on illegal immigrant tuition," March 8). And people think it is Charlie Sheen who is acting crazy? Andrew Goldfinger
NEWS
March 17, 2014
County Executive David Craig is making it way too easy not to vote for him ( "Craig vows to reverse gun laws, seek sales tax break for Md. goods," March 12). Is he running for governor of Disney World? State government has a lot of bills to pay for education, public safety, infrastructure, etc., and I don't see how Mr. Craig's gift to the wealthy is going to make up for the tax money that isn't collected. I really don't see why Marylanders owe anything to the very wealthy. Consider how they treat us. The corporate failure of Bethlehem Steel to reinvest in modernizing equipment so that we could be competitive with other countries caused the plant shutdown and the loss of thousands of jobs.
NEWS
March 12, 2014
Ol' Andy Harris is at it again. The last I heard from him when he was my representative was, "When does my health care start?" as he headed for Congress. Since then I hear that he is spotted occasionally glad-handing people in stores and restaurants on the Eastern Shore. I hear very little about what he is doing to expand the Maryland economy or ensuring that tax money we pay to the federal government is returned to us in terms of our fair share of goods and services. Other representatives across the country seem to be hard at work, working for the interests of their states.
NEWS
November 13, 2013
The election for Laurel council members is over and the residents realized who was right for the positions. The re-election of all current council members shows that the residents respect their past performance. They have proven that they can run a city by looking at all the facts first before spending our tax money. Team Laurel conducted themselves during the campaign with honor, dignity and class, taking the high road. They are a great example for young citizens to follow. I am amazed at how quickly the new shopping center is coming along and look forward to shopping locally again.
NEWS
October 16, 2013
Having been a longtime city of Laurel resident, I am concerned that we caved in and allowed candidates who had enough time to fill out their forms completely by the deadline to run in the next election ("Laurel elections board finalizes November ballot. " Oct. 10). I certainly hope that when people turn out to vote in the next election for City Council members they ask themselves if they want someone who cannot complete a simple form in charge of our tax money. The reason given [by Board of Election Supervisors John Kish]
NEWS
October 15, 2013
It's no surprise that the liberal media and The Sun blame the government shutdown - or slim down - on Republicans, the tea party and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ( "Grow up, Congress," Oct. 14). But The Sun comes up short when it comes to facts about the shutdown. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted the money required to keep all government activities going with the exception of Obamacare. This is not a matter of opinion, it is in the Congressional Record. As for the House's right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either.
NEWS
September 3, 2013
In "college town" Towson, even the sports bar needs our tax money to build up and sell more booze ("State board OKs Greene Turtle loan," Aug. 22). The Green Turtle got a state-approved loan in 1995. Now, it borrows $893,000, $240,000 from Maryland, to add 60 roof seats to 120 enclosed seats. Interesting that the previous day's newspaper reviewed a legislator arrested for drunken driving ("Del. Dwyer charged with driving under the influence," Aug. 21). Greater Baltimore Medical Center helped me in 1992, guaranteeing to the bank 100 percent of my independent medical practice loan of $50,000.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 31, 2012
Editor: I'm glad to hear that the Harford County Library tries to not stock pornography, soft or hard, male or female, with my tax money. It is becoming more and more important to make good financial and moral decisions, not only by the library, but also by all citizens. Ms. Haupt certainly has the right to read whatever she wants to read in our free (so far) country. She also has the right to buy the book. I'm sure many book stores would be delighted to accommodate her. David Wenner Bel Air
NEWS
July 12, 2014
President Obama wants $3.7 billion of our tax money to care for unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our southern border ( "America's refugee crisis," July 9). If Congress grants that request the bill for it should be sent to Honduras, El Salvador and any other country flushing out its dependents. And the money should be paid upfront. F. Cordell - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
August 23, 2013
In "college town" Towson, even the sports bar needs our tax money to build up and sell more booze ("State board OKs Greene Turtle loan," Aug. 22). The Green Turtle got a state-approved loan in 1995. Now, it borrows $893,000, $240,000 from Maryland, to add 60 roof seats to 120 enclosed seats. Interesting that the previous day's newspaper reviewed a legislator arrested for drunken driving ("Del. Dwyer charged with driving under the influence," Aug. 21). Greater Baltimore Medical Center helped me in 1992, guaranteeing to the bank 100 percent of my independent medical practice loan of $50,000.
NEWS
June 25, 2013
We just received a letter from our state senator (Jim Brochin) that has me befuddled. He says "The new law increases the gas tax from 23.5 cents per gallon to 43.5 cents per gallon by mid-2016. Additional gas taxes will then be linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The leadership in the House and Senate did this so that legislators will not have to continually go on the record and vote for higher gas taxes. While some think that most of this tax money will go to fix roads and bridges, it will not. It is estimated that 58 percent of the money will go toward new light rail services in Baltimore City and Montgomery County where the fare recovery is less than 40 percent.
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