October 23, 2012
Dan Rodricks ' column, "Voting to give more money to millionaires," (Oct. 21) was right on point. While middle class wages have remained stagnant over the last 20 years, the top 2 percent have seen their incomes triple (with both groups adjusted for inflation). Republicans say higher taxes on the wealthy kill jobs. In 2001, George W. Bush spearheaded the largest tax reduction in U.S. history (overwhelmingly benefiting our wealthiest citizens) and unemployment rates quickly spiked higher and have remained nearly double the Clinton era levels to this day. When were the golden years of U.S. full employment?
May 2, 2012
WEATHER Today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature near 81 degrees. Showers are likely before 8 a.m. There is also a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 62 degrees. TRAFFIC Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute. FROM LAST NIGHT... Pit bull ruling concerns dog and property owners : The Maryland Court of Appeals' decision that the breed is inherently dangerous could have far-reaching implications for landlords and dog owners who rent, experts said.
May 1, 2012
The City Council on Monday approved Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's property tax reduction plan, which relies on projected revenue from gambling. “I want to thank Council President Bernard 'Jack' Young and members of the City Council for giving relief to city homeowners,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. Banking on income from a future slots location, the plan would reduce Baltimore's property tax rate by 20 cents by 2020 for Baltimore homeowners. According to the mayor's office, the plan would give an owner-occupied home, valued at $200,000, an annual tax reduction of $40 next year.
July 23, 2011
Penn Wilbert and his wife, Amanda Ferchak, have lived in Southeast Baltimore for six years - riding bikes to the grocery store, playing kickball at Patterson Park and meeting friends for drinks at bars inCanton. But last month, when the young couple purchased their first home, they chose a house in Anne Arundel County. The reason, according to Wilbert, an information technology specialist, was lower crime, better schools and - most importantly, he said - lower property taxes.
July 22, 2011
I know a pundit from a think tank often doesn't see things clearly, but I hope that next time Marta Mossburg is in Chicago or New York she notices that both cities have superb public transit compared to Baltimore's Lilliputian system ("Rebuild Baltimore the right way," July 20). I normally don't have to read Ms. Mossburg's commentary because it's generally a one-note rant about lowering property taxes as the cure for all urban ills. However, I note that the U.S. cities that purportedly achieved some sort of prosperity after cutting property taxes (namely San Francisco and Boston)
July 5, 2011
Atholton Swim Club lives up to its part as a nonprofit organization. Using our volunteers we exist to serve our members and the public in many ways for close to 50 years. The relief we would feel from the proposed tax reduction would allow us to continue to offer our many programs to the community. For a non-Columbia Association resident, you will find that our annual dues and fees are less expensive than those of the surrounding CA pools. Our swim club is an affordable alternative for the hard-working middle-class families who find the CA fees out of reach.