Advertisement
HomeCollectionsTaxpayers
IN THE NEWS

Taxpayers

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
March 13, 2010
Thursday evening, five of us went to the Bass Pro Shop to buy fishing equipment for the coming season. While at the Arundel Mills Mall, we also enjoyed dinner at Golden Corral. Following that we went to the new casino David Cordish built. Oh, that's right, it has not been built yet because of typical Maryland political shinanigans ("Arundel slots foes appear to have signatures to force vote," March 12). But that's OK. My wife and I, along with another couple, will take our money to Dover Downs, plan on losing it, and then have a meal at that casino's buffet restaurant, with no sales tax attached to our bill.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
August 28, 2014
Contrary to letter writer Marilyn Pettiway's claim that the media's coverage of Baltimore County School Supt. Dallas Dance has been unfair, The Sun and other outlets not only have reported fairly but have conscientiously followed Mr. Dance's outrageous actions that have cause havoc in every corner of Baltimore County over the last year ( "Stop beating up on county school superintendent Dallas Dance Aug. 25). In November, when the parents of Hereford High School sought to keep in place a schedule that has had proven success for 22 years and which was not only in place at Hereford but several other county schools as well, they contacted state Sen. James Brochin and Del. Wade Kach to assist parents in their efforts when Mr. Dance refused to meet with them.
Advertisement
NEWS
February 26, 2013
Once again, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and the Democratic Party have shown their lack of respect for Maryland residents. They chose to cost us hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue when we had a Republican governor who wanted to bring casino gambling to Maryland and they refused. Now they want us to pay a fee to support the upgrade of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. natural gas lines. And would we even be talking about a gas tax now if gambling had come to Maryland when there was a Republican governor?
NEWS
August 4, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has shown no shyness in the past about standing behind the school system's construction and renovation plans in the face of community opposition - case in point, his infamous "my job to talk, yours to listen" press conference at the ground breaking for a new elementary school in Mays Chapel last year. Yet on Friday he authored a sweeping re-write of Superintendent Dallas Dance's plans for additions, modernization and new construction involving three elementary schools and a middle school in the greater Towson area, plans that had drawn community opposition for everything from traffic to the destruction of century-old trees.
NEWS
May 5, 2012
Well, isn't that nice. Maryland's governor and the two lackeys who lead the House and Senate report "progress" on another expensive waste of time to do what should have been in the regular legislative session ("Special session on May 14 looking likely," May 3). Are we played for fools or what? F. Cordell, Lutherville
NEWS
May 26, 2011
I support the referendum drive to put the recently passed in-state tuition illegal immigrants law on the ballot in November, since it is only fair that citizens have the final say on how their taxpayer dollars are spent. No one is denying these students' access to post-secondary school education. However, the issue is who will fund the difference between the in-state tuition rate for residents and the rate for non-residents. That money has to come from somewhere, and that's where the taxpayers come in. Will it be from the merit-based Distinguished Scholars Program, which is being phased out and will be eliminated by 2015?
NEWS
October 1, 2011
One of the major problems facing the U.S. Postal Service is that fewer people are using first class mail. If all of the 14 million people who belong to brother and sister unions to the postal workers union stopped using the Internet to receive and pay bills, do their banking and send electronic messages, and only used the USPS for their transactions, the post office would certainly be in better financial shape. Perhaps it would even solve most of their financial problems. Unfortunately, union members only show their solidarity by showing up at protest demonstrations.
NEWS
By Marta H. Mossburg | June 21, 2010
Isn't it ironic that at the same time Baltimore Ravens players complain to their union of being worked too hard, taxpayers who financed their stadium don't have enough work? Official unemployment in the team's hometown stands at about 10 percent. Unofficially, it's probably double. The anonymous complaints would be just one more example of juvenile behavior from wealthy players if they were the ones who paid for their stadium. But they are an insult to taxpayers when year after year the Maryland Stadium Authority, charged with building and operating the stadiums for the Ravens and for the Orioles and financing convention and entertainment venues, loses millions under the guise of economic development.
NEWS
May 14, 2014
I guess it is now publicly acceptable for our elected officials to take our taxpayer dollars without meeting their obligations to constituents ( "No sympathy for Jon Cardin's issues," May 13). I deeply resent paying some of the highest taxes in our nation to pay officials who are completely irresponsible. This is not the first time Del. Jon Cardin has proven he does not take his elected position seriously. His sense of entitlement is infuriating. Yes, Delegate Cardin certainly represents the new progressive leadership we continue to elect in Maryland.
NEWS
December 7, 2011
Only in government can you overspend, misspend, and fraudulently spend and still get more money to do more of the same - as a recent State Highway Administration audit demonstrates. Whether it's Congress or Annapolis, "We The People" are being robbed daily by the same politicians who claim to be looking out for our best interests. The government, or cabinet level agencies, continue to take our hard-earned money and then literally and figuratively throw it away. If our money was actually spent properly I don't think most people would have an issue.
NEWS
June 26, 2014
Take a minute and Google the term "Internal Revenue Service" or "IRS," and you will find no shortage of famous quotes from people who are fearful of it. The federal agency has been compared to the Gestapo, the Mafia and the Lord Almighty. Such is the power of the tax collector to strike terror into the hearts of the audited. But recent testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has conjured a new image for the IRS - clueless, bureaucratic, disorganized and technologically incompetent.
NEWS
June 1, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's choice to skip the televised debate indirectly reinforces the idea that there is no need for taxpayers to fund the position of lieutenant governor. Jake Mohorovic, Dundalk - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
May 14, 2014
I guess it is now publicly acceptable for our elected officials to take our taxpayer dollars without meeting their obligations to constituents ( "No sympathy for Jon Cardin's issues," May 13). I deeply resent paying some of the highest taxes in our nation to pay officials who are completely irresponsible. This is not the first time Del. Jon Cardin has proven he does not take his elected position seriously. His sense of entitlement is infuriating. Yes, Delegate Cardin certainly represents the new progressive leadership we continue to elect in Maryland.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
When I read the articles about Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and pensions ( "Judge orders Kamenetz to appear," April 23), I always refer back to a copy of a Baltimore Sun editorial from February 29, 2012 that I keep stapled to my office wall for all to see ("Pension double-standard"). In that editorial, The Sun states that after serving two terms, Mr. Kamenetz will depart with a $101,000 a year annual pension plus a $328,000 lump sum cash payout. Below that article on my wall, I have attached a January 23, 2014 Baltimore Sun article ("Balto.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Tax day won't be an ordinary work day for Kasi Hernandez, who will get into the shop before dawn, hours before other employees arrive. He's not an accountant or a tax preparer, though, and he's not working a hot line for stressed taxpayers. He makes cookies. He's the general manager at Great American Cookie at The Mall in Columbia, and because April 15, the deadline for filing taxes, has turned into a promotional opportunity for some retailers, he has to get up at 4:30 a.m. and be at work by 5 to start making the cookies, between 600 and 750 of them.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
From metal detectors to ID checks, visitors entering agency headquarters and large federal facilities in and around the nation's capital are subjected to intense security - so much so that they're often warned to leave extra time to get through the screening. But federal investigators and unions are raising concerns about safety in small field offices scattered across the country, where federal employees at the IRS, Social Security Administration and other agencies are more likely to interact with the public.
NEWS
April 24, 2013
As a Maryland taxpayer, I am appalled at the back room deal made by advocates of the Towson University men's baseball program and the response by Comptroller Peter Franchot ("Franchot calls on president of Towson University to resign," April 18). The taxpayers should be outraged that for the next two years, they are forced to fund (to the tune of $300,000 per year) a program that has already been determined to be unsustainable. Towson University President Maravene Loeschke was brave to make such a difficult decision in the face of the obviously powerful "sports lobbyists," and she should be applauded.
NEWS
January 10, 2013
Once again our elected officials in Washington have shown their lack of respect for taxpayers. We do not need more taxes, they need to stop spending. We no longer have a government by the people for the people; these elected officials spend our money with no regard for accountability. They spent billions on green energy companies that went bankrupt, have not passed a budget in three years, and President Barack Obama talks about doing the math. Why doesn't a reporter ask this question of Mr. Obama: We have 109 million Americans who work in the private sector, and there are 89 million Americans who either work in government or receive support from government such as Medicaid, welfare, disability and food stamps.
NEWS
April 6, 2014
The Sun purports to know that the federal government will likely pick up most of the $40 million to $50 million tab for switching over to Connecticut's health insurance exchange ( "The best bad option for Md.'s exchange," April 2). There's just one small problem with that reassuring statement: We taxpayers will be paying for Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's bungling of the Maryland's exchange whether it be through federal or state tax dollars. It is our money being wasted either way. So what's the difference, really?
NEWS
February 13, 2014
Are Republican Reps. Andy Harris of Maryland and Jack Kingston of Georgia calling for an investigation into the federal spending on Maryland's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange out of a sincere desire to make sure it works efficiently and effectively? We doubt it. And is Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's campaign spokesman right that Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's demand for an accounting of the money spent so far on the exchange is motivated by the politics of the governor's race?
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.