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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 21, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Under Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, travel expenses for the secretary's office have risen at least 145 percent over those of a well-traveled GOP predecessor, while many of Mr. Brown's aides are improperly using government credit cards for personal purchases, according to a confidential audit report obtained by the Los Angeles Times.The report by the Commerce Department's inspector general also criticizes Mr. Brown for supplementing his travel budget with millions of dollars that Congress intended for other purposes.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Bus drivers, dispatchers and other public transit employees in Baltimore will vote for a new local union president next week, following the ouster of their elected president by national union officials. Union officials said Janice Murray was removed as president of the 2,600-member Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300 because she owed the organization $200 in travel expenses from six years ago. Murray's victory was appealed by a rival candidate, the local's former president, who said unpaid travel expenses invalidated her candidacy.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Terps fans may remember a spate of stories from 2010 - including a couple by me - about possible early interest by the Big Ten in Maryland. One of the issues that surfaced then from Terps supporters was travel. There were two concerns - the time spent by the athletes (and ardent fans) to get to Big Ten venues in the Midwest, and the travel costs. So, I was not surprised to learn recently from multiple sources that - in its private negotiations with the Big Ten this year - Maryland raised the issue of travel expenses.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2013
On Wednesday, Comptroller Joan M. Pratt publicly questioned the frequent travel of the head of Baltimore's water system as she and others raised concerns that Rudy Chow is needed here to focus on issues of crumbling infrastructure and erroneous bills. The Sun requested documents to determine just how much Chow had traveled in the past year, and determined that he had spent 35 days attending conferences, many of them out of state. Chow has been reimbursed about $8,500 for travel expenses, records show.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporter | May 18, 2008
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown have spent more than $172,000 in taxpayer dollars since taking office last year on trips for state business and political events around the county, and to foreign locales from Ireland to China, according to travel records obtained by The Sun. The expenses, racked up over 84 days that O'Malley and Brown traveled out of the state during their first 15 months in office, include the cost to dispatch state...
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Bus drivers, dispatchers and other public transit employees in Baltimore will vote for a new local union president next week, following the ouster of their elected president by national union officials. Union officials said Janice Murray was removed as president of the 2,600-member Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300 because she owed the organization $200 in travel expenses from six years ago. Murray's victory was appealed by a rival candidate, the local's former president, who said unpaid travel expenses invalidated her candidacy.
BUSINESS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | February 16, 1992
About 8.9 million Americans are looking for work, says the Labor Department.If you were among them last year, you may be able to deduct some of the job-hunting expenses from your 1991 income tax.The expenses must be included under the "miscellaneous" category on your tax return. If miscellaneous expenses total more than 2 percent of your adjusted gross income, you may deduct the amount that exceeds the 2 percent level.Here are some of the job-hunting expenses that are deductible. But to claim the expenses, you need to have been looking for a new job in your current occupation:* Employment-agency fees.
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By Staff Report | December 4, 1993
ANNAPOLIS -- Reversing a lower court's ruling, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld the right of the state attorney general's Consumer Protection Division to obtain reimbursement of travel expenses for thousands of consumers lured by deceptive ads to visit campgrounds where they were given a sales pitch.Millions of advertising notices were mailed to Marylanders by Outdoor World from 1984 to at least 1989, saying they had won or were eligible for prizes such as a Chevy Blazer or $10,000 in cash, and could claim them at one of the company's campgrounds in Pennsylvania or Virginia.
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By Tom Belden and Tom Belden,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 17, 1992
Business travelers get off fairly easily this year in preparing their 1991 income-tax returns.The most important change, and one that will affect a large number of taxpayers, is that the standard mileage rate for all driving on business is now 27 1/2 cents a mile, up from 26 cents in 1990. The rate increase reflects the rising cost of owning and operating a car.Besides the mileage rate, there have been no other substantive changes in the past couple of years in the tax code governing travel expenses.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,sun reporter | February 27, 2008
A state official has contradicted an Anne Arundel County employee's statement that she was acting as a private citizen when she requested the travel expenses of state lawmakers who represent the county, rekindling allegations that the action was taken for political purposes. Rick L. Harrison, manager for fiscal operations at the Department of Legislative Services, said this week that Brenda Reiber orally requested the 2007 expenses for 20 lawmakers on behalf of her boss, Erik Robey, a high-ranking official in the Leopold administration.
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By Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
The head of Baltimore's water system spent 35 days attending conferences in the past year, many of them out of state, records show. The travel has raised concerns among some city officials, who say Water and Wastewater chief Rudy Chow is needed here to focus on issues of crumbling infrastructure and erroneous bills. Chow on Wednesday defended his attendance at 11 conferences, including eight out-of-state trips, as positive for the city. He said he learns from other jurisdictions and often holds up Baltimore's recent progress as a model for other cities.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Terps fans may remember a spate of stories from 2010 - including a couple by me - about possible early interest by the Big Ten in Maryland. One of the issues that surfaced then from Terps supporters was travel. There were two concerns - the time spent by the athletes (and ardent fans) to get to Big Ten venues in the Midwest, and the travel costs. So, I was not surprised to learn recently from multiple sources that - in its private negotiations with the Big Ten this year - Maryland raised the issue of travel expenses.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
The news broke this afternoon that the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a five-year, $125 million deal, pending a physical, with talented but troubled slugger Josh Hamilton. As a baseball writer, my first reaction was this: Maybe commissioner Bud Selig should enact a new realignment that creates a division just for the Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers. They play each other 162 times a year (it would cut down on travel expenses, which would help pay the enormous salaries) and the winner gets a playoff spot.
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By Erica L. Green | August 27, 2012
In the last year, as Baltimore city schools' budgetary decisions -- $14 million in overtime, generous leave payouts, a renovated IT Department -- have faced heightened scrutiny, officials have defended much of their spending as "the cost of doing business. " In April, The Baltimore Sun sought to get a better picture of what exactly some of that business was -- and several sources informed us that credit card and procurement card statements, which outlined day-to-day activities at the system's central headquarters would do so. We began a four-month task by requesting credit and procurement card statements showing activity by central office staff from 2009 through 2011, through a Maryland Public Information Act Request in April.
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By Julie Baughman, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
Anne Arundel County's youth soccer Blackhawks have played this season with Trooper Shaft S. Hunter's memory firmly in mind. Hunter, who was killed in an on-duty crash this spring, was a major benefactor of the team. His son, Deion, is a midfielder for the Blackhawks, and Hunter regularly worked extra shifts to help pay for players who could not afford team fees and travel costs. "Those are sort of like his sons," his wife, Rose Hunter, said. The Blackhawks, ages 13-14, won their regional championship this year and earned a second-straight bid to the US Club Soccer national finals.
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July 19, 2010
South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders spoke with NCAA investigators in connection with a probe of the North Carolina football program, according to a report Sunday on ESPN.com. North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said Thursday the NCAA is investigating a sports program at the school regarding possible rules violations. ESPN reported that Saunders was interviewed about time he spent with North Carolina defensive end Marvin Austin , a good friend, when the two were in Florida this spring and who paid for hotel rooms and travel expenses.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1996
Baltimore public works Director George Balog and two members of his staff are in Paris this week, accompanying at least two local consultants as they inspect a state-of-the-art water purification plant in the French capital.The trip is designed to help officials evaluate possible equipment for the Ashburton Filtration Plant, which is 87 years old and needs major upgrades.Contract documents filed with the city show that engineers with Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani of Towson and George, Miles & Buhr of Glencoe originally planned to inspect plants in Dallas and Denver and intended to bill the city $4,200 in travel expenses and $100 per day in other expenses for three consultants.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1996
The Howard County Council has refused to give member C. Vernon Gray $30 in expenses to attend a scheduled Chamber of Commerce function -- and there appears to be no end in sight to the council's internal dispute over his expenses.At a council meeting yesterday that Mr. Gray did not attend, Chairman Darrel Drown said he will send Mr. Gray another memo seeking repayment of $1,300 in cellular telephone and travel expenses that Mr. Drown says his colleague owes the county."We'll send an appropriate message," said Mr. Drown, a Republican from Ellicott City.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,annie.linskey@baltsun.com | November 12, 2008
City Council members looking for cost savings by scouring Baltimore's travel budget abandoned the effort this week after learning that the city was already spending 25 percent less than a year ago. City Council budget chairman Bernard C. "Jack" Young and five other council members asked for a report on how much money could be saved by curtailing taxpayer-funded trips. The request came after Mayor Sheila Dixon cut $36.5 million from this year's budget to address a shortfall. "An absolute ban on out-of-state travel would generate minimal savings over and above the current budget freeze and could have unintended negative impacts on city operations," wrote Deputy Budget Directory Andrew W. Kleine in a memo to council members.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporter | May 18, 2008
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown have spent more than $172,000 in taxpayer dollars since taking office last year on trips for state business and political events around the county, and to foreign locales from Ireland to China, according to travel records obtained by The Sun. The expenses, racked up over 84 days that O'Malley and Brown traveled out of the state during their first 15 months in office, include the cost to dispatch state...
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