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June 24, 2013
America with its democratic system, rules of law, and open market economy has produced the best living situation in the history of civilization. However, our dreams have been curtailed the last 25 years as the rising cost of doing business in this country has reduced the ability of the average household to find employment that allows the same standard of living as the last two generations have enjoyed. There is a way to stop our slide and regain levels of employment so that we and future generations benefit.
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NEWS
February 27, 2014
In The Sun editorial of Feb. 20, "Tax cuts for the rich," you champion progressive taxes and argue against personal income tax reductions because measured in dollars, wealthy Marylanders will receive more tax relief than those in lower income brackets. Yes, of course a rate reduction allows higher income earners to retain more dollars because they pay so much more in the first place. These are the very people who are fleeing Maryland, denying the state the ability to tax any of their income.
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NEWS
March 22, 2013
Taxpayers in Maryland must pay to the MOB - Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch. Their expertise is the legal extortion of the state's taxpayers. Since Governor O'Malley took office, taxes and fees have been raised $2.5 billion. Their appetite for more revenue is insatiable. They run the monster, state government, and the monster must be fed. Whatever is left over is for taxpayers to feed and provide housing for themselves and their family.
NEWS
February 10, 2014
From the Baltimore Sun op-ed page       Mark Newgent writes about education, nothing that with huge achievement gaps in our schools public education needs fundamental reforms .       Red Maryland Poll Still Open   The Red Maryland February Poll remains open until 9 PM this Wednesday. Click here  to participate. Results will be announced live on this Thursday's edition of Red Maryland Radio .       The Media Matters Mancrush   A Media Matters writer continues his obsession with Red Maryland .     Charles Lollar further proves his lack of seriousness In what can best be described as an unorthodox move, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar attacked Republican legislators on tax policy despite not having a well-thought out tax policy of his own.     Meanwhile the Lollar Campaign won a straw poll in Montgomery County on Saturday, after which hilarity ensued .     A Lack of Accountability   The Democrats are continuing to dodge responsibility over this Obamacare fiasco, which is why they have been dodgy on holding hearings into the sordid mess.
NEWS
November 21, 2012
In his recent press conference, President Barack Obama again claimed his plan to reduce the deficit and avoid the fiscal cliff would mean that "97 percent of small businesses are not going to see their taxes go up. " But this is, to put it politely, deceptive. According to a recent Treasury Department study, America has some 34.8 million small businesses. That sounds like a lot but 30 million of them employ no one other than the owner. Of the remaining 4.8 million that do employ workers, 1.2 million have incomes above $200,000 - where President Obama's tax hikes kick in. Here's the hitch.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2012
A carefully choreographed strategy to raise state income taxes to stave off so-called doomsday budget cuts faces a challenge in the General Assembly after several Democrats defied party leaders with a proposal to raise the sales tax instead. The brewing discontent within the Montgomery County House delegation stems from a belief that the governor's plan relies too heavily on their wealthy constituents. And though it faces little chance of passage, the proposal reveals a geographic fissure within the ruling Democratic caucus while underscoring the difficulty of forging consensus on a tax increase.
NEWS
May 16, 2012
As a conservative Republican, I cannot believe that I actually agree with a Montgomery County Democrat ("Income tax is facing dissent," May 15). If you missed the story, Del. Charles Barkley, a Montgomery County Democrat, stated opposition to the Democratic leadership's "doomsday" tax plan, telling The Sun, "I don't like the income tax plan. I don't think it's fair to taxpayers. " No kidding. Delegate Barkley is right: the new income tax is unfair to taxpayers. If you work hard and obtain wealth, why should it be taken from you?
NEWS
September 22, 2012
As The Sun recently observed, Mitt Romney has done little to explain how his policy of cutting taxes for wealthy individuals and corporations will benefit the middle class and the poor ("President for the rich?" Sept. 19). Poverty is caused by a number of issues, primary among them lack of income due to unemployment or low-wage employment. The "working poor" often labor long hours at two or more jobs just to make ends meet. This is contrary to the popular stereotype of the "welfare queen" and her lazy, drug-dealer pimp.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
As an 85-year-old widowed senior, the current political scene is deeply disturbing to me. Why do the candidates have to make such nasty, personal remarks about each other? Where is the respect candidates once had for each other? There was a time when rivals could have different opinions without the disrespect shown today. I respect both candidates as individuals, but I differ on my opinion of each. I agree with the Republicans that there are too many entitlements, but just doing away with all of them would be to put Romney's "47 percent" of the population in real jeopardy.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
In The Sun editorial of Feb. 20, "Tax cuts for the rich," you champion progressive taxes and argue against personal income tax reductions because measured in dollars, wealthy Marylanders will receive more tax relief than those in lower income brackets. Yes, of course a rate reduction allows higher income earners to retain more dollars because they pay so much more in the first place. These are the very people who are fleeing Maryland, denying the state the ability to tax any of their income.
NEWS
By Greg Kline | February 7, 2014
Recently, Republican candidate for governor Charles Lollar gave an interview to the Washington Post in which he touted his idea to eliminate Maryland's income tax. Mr. Lollar, however, has not issued a detailed plan explaining how he would offset the revenue generated by the state's income tax, which represents over half of all the general fund revenue taken by the state.  Mr. Lollar simply states that he " is confident that the loss in revenue can be offset by the economic impact of recruiting more businesses to the state.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
A year ago, it was difficult for taxpayers to do last-minute tax planning because of uncertainty surrounding expiring tax breaks from the Bush era. Lawmakers were at loggerheads on which, if any, deductions and credits to keep and whether to let tax rates rise. This year, uncertainty isn't a problem. The American Taxpayer Relief Act, signed into law in January, has left taxes much the same for households with incomes less than $250,000. And for those with income above that, the tax landscape is clear, too: They will owe Uncle Sam more.
NEWS
June 24, 2013
America with its democratic system, rules of law, and open market economy has produced the best living situation in the history of civilization. However, our dreams have been curtailed the last 25 years as the rising cost of doing business in this country has reduced the ability of the average household to find employment that allows the same standard of living as the last two generations have enjoyed. There is a way to stop our slide and regain levels of employment so that we and future generations benefit.
NEWS
March 22, 2013
Taxpayers in Maryland must pay to the MOB - Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch. Their expertise is the legal extortion of the state's taxpayers. Since Governor O'Malley took office, taxes and fees have been raised $2.5 billion. Their appetite for more revenue is insatiable. They run the monster, state government, and the monster must be fed. Whatever is left over is for taxpayers to feed and provide housing for themselves and their family.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | February 20, 2013
Excuse me, but what are my fellow Baltimoreans complaining about? The mayor has proposed doing something to avoid an all-out collapse of the city's finances, and some citizens of Paradise-on-the-Patapsco are annoyed, confused or just so cranky and fed up with February they need a good cheesesteak sub from Captain Harvey's. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants to lower the city's highest-in-the-state property tax rate to a level that makes the rate more competitive with those in surrounding counties, and — what?
NEWS
November 21, 2012
In his recent press conference, President Barack Obama again claimed his plan to reduce the deficit and avoid the fiscal cliff would mean that "97 percent of small businesses are not going to see their taxes go up. " But this is, to put it politely, deceptive. According to a recent Treasury Department study, America has some 34.8 million small businesses. That sounds like a lot but 30 million of them employ no one other than the owner. Of the remaining 4.8 million that do employ workers, 1.2 million have incomes above $200,000 - where President Obama's tax hikes kick in. Here's the hitch.
NEWS
July 9, 2012
President Barack Obama has once again proposed extending the Bush tax cuts on most Americans but letting them expire for those who make $250,000 a year or more. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued a "pre-buttal" of Mr. Obama's announcement, insisting that the tax cuts should remain in effect for all. And hanging over the entire discussion is the risk that if Congress does nothing, everyone's taxes will go up on Jan. 1. Given the three options, Mr. Obama's position is surely the best one. The well-to-do (and the nation as a whole)
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Dan Rodricks | February 20, 2013
Excuse me, but what are my fellow Baltimoreans complaining about? The mayor has proposed doing something to avoid an all-out collapse of the city's finances, and some citizens of Paradise-on-the-Patapsco are annoyed, confused or just so cranky and fed up with February they need a good cheesesteak sub from Captain Harvey's. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants to lower the city's highest-in-the-state property tax rate to a level that makes the rate more competitive with those in surrounding counties, and — what?
NEWS
October 18, 2012
The recent presidential debate was an eye opener. First, we discovered that Mitt Romney wants to open National Parks and Wilderness areas to oil and gas drilling and exploration. Then, we learned that Mr. Romney is severely math deficient, proposing a tax plan that makes little sense and is mathematically impossible. You can't cut taxes on all including the wealthy, increase defense spending, extend Bush tax cuts and still reduce the national debt. It simply doesn't work, even my 10-year-old grandson could find holes in this piece of arithmetic.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
Former President Bill Clinton told a sold-out crowd in Baltimore on Tuesday that he is confident Washington will work quickly through the nation's looming fiscal crisis after the election despite predictions that partisanship will continue to leave the federal government gridlocked next year. "Some of you may be worried about this fiscal cliff - don't be, yet," Clinton said of the combination of across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to take effect automatically at the end of the year.
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