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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura A. Neuman on Thursday vetoed that county's version of the so-called rain tax — making it the first jurisdiction to take action against the state-mandated stormwater management fee. Under legislation approved last year, Anne Arundel, eight other counties and Baltimore City have until July 1 to approve a fee on property owners to pay for stormwater projects aimed at curbing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. ...
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 24, 2014
A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence and seriousness of purpose. Gazing on that photo, one cannot help but suspect that a transparently political indictment designed by his Democratic opponents to cripple this presumed presidential aspirant might actually help him instead.
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April 10, 2011
The passing of the In-State Tuition bill for children of Illegal Immigrants was NOT the right thing to do and as a result in these hard economic times Marylanders were slapped in the face by the Democrats who continue to spend money like like it growing on trees when it fact it is coming out of the pockets of Marylanders who simply cannot afford to pay anymore of their hard earned money for something that will benefit the criminal element of society....
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
In Baltimore, some business owners say they're constantly nagged by city fees for making improvements to their stores. Add a bike rack outside? There's a fee for that. Put up a security camera? Another fee. Add more lighting? There's a fee for that, too. That's why some are expressing disappointment that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake used her first veto since taking office in 2010 to strike down a bill aimed at reducing or eliminating many of the so-called "minor privilege" fees the city charges.
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March 1, 2014
Just when I think nothing else outrageous can be done in the name of religious freedom, along comes the Arizona bill allowing business owners the legal right to refuse service to gays and others on the basis of said freedom. That Gov. Jan Brewer publicly announced her veto of the legislation on television shows her concern over the national fallout ( "Boycott Arizona," Feb. 27). But the fact remains that it was approved by the Republican-dominated legislature and did reach the governor's desk and that is the scary part of this issue.
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July 29, 2011
I've heard President Obama threaten to veto plans that put too much of the burden on the backs of seniors, I've heard him threaten to veto plans that don't extend the cap through the elections, but the one thing I haven't heard him threaten to veto is the one thing he should threaten to veto under any circumstances. Any plan that results in the U.S. getting downgraded by the credit agencies must be vetoed. Where we cut money is an internal squabble. It's seniors fighting with veterans, fighting with the poor, fighting with businesses for money.
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By George Liebmann | October 30, 2012
Marylanders will soon have an opportunity common in a country other than their own: the right to veto a legislature's product. This tool, the voter referendum, is an important right, since two cure-alls of the 1970s, campaign finance "reform" and strict reapportionment, have delivered the legislature into the hands of reliable partisans and the "bundlers" of interest-group campaign contributions. The referendum is not to be confused with the initiative - California's gift to misgovernment - nor with ad hoc plebiscites, a traditional tool of dictators.
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By Cokie & Steven Roberts | February 15, 1995
IF BILL CLINTON and Newt Gingrich and the vast majority of Americans agree about something labelled government reform, it must make sense, right? We don't think so when the "reform" in question is the line item veto -- the proposal to give the president the power to strike out one portion of a spending or tax bill without killing the entire measure. The purpose? To bring down the federal deficit by allowing the president to eliminate budget items he considers frivolous and unnecessary.Much is made in the congressional debate about what the line item veto would mean for the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches.
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By Pamela Wood and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Council voted Wednesday to override County Executive Laura Neuman's veto of fees to pay for stormwater pollution projects, but council members then offered changes that could address some of her concerns. It was not clear whether their new bill, which would cap some fees at a lower rate and phase in the charges, would meet her approval. Her spokeswoman, Tracie Reynolds, said Neuman "is working with the County Council on new legislation. " Budget analysts have not determined how much revenue the council proposal would raise for pollution control projects.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
What a lovely spot for a veto. Clark's Farm in Ellicott City spreads out on 540 acres along Route 108, where cattle roam the pastures and where Humpty Dumpty, Willie the Whale, Little Red Riding Hood and other characters from the old Enchanted Forest theme park have found second homes. It's also the former home of the late state Sen. James Clark Jr., the father of Maryland's agricultural land preservation program. County Executive Ken Ulman chose the location this month to spike a piece of County Council legislation dealing with development rights on rural property - such as Clark's Farm, which has been in preservation since the 1980s.
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By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Arguing their safe access to public lands is threatened, birders are making a last-ditch appeal to Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that would expand hunting on Sundays in western Maryland. The Maryland Ornithological Society joined horse lovers in opposing two bills that would authorize hunting deer and other game on private and public lands in Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties. The General Assembly overwhelmingly passed both measures, sponsored by western Maryland lawmakers, on the final day of the legislative session April 7. The Maryland Horse Council , representing horseback riders, had testified against the bills during the 90-day legislative session.
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By Wenonah Hauter and Julie Gouldener | March 7, 2014
We have taxed nearly every Marylander to pay for significant nutrient removal at wastewater treatment plants through the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fee, known as the flush tax, amounting to $60 per year for each household. Gov. Martin O'Malley also supported the so-called "rain tax" to manage urban storm water pollution. But when it comes to agriculture, the polluter-pays concept is discarded, and agriculture is instead offered hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to do what it ought to be already doing to reduce pollution runoff.
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March 1, 2014
Just when I think nothing else outrageous can be done in the name of religious freedom, along comes the Arizona bill allowing business owners the legal right to refuse service to gays and others on the basis of said freedom. That Gov. Jan Brewer publicly announced her veto of the legislation on television shows her concern over the national fallout ( "Boycott Arizona," Feb. 27). But the fact remains that it was approved by the Republican-dominated legislature and did reach the governor's desk and that is the scary part of this issue.
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Tim Wheeler | February 12, 2014
Even though the " Poultry Fair Share Act " stands no chance of becoming law, the sponsor of the controversial bill to tax Maryland's chickens refuses to give up, saying he wants to have a public discussion on who should pay to control polluted farm runoff fouling the Cheapeake Bay. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. said Wednesday that despite a veto threat from Gov. Martin O'Malley and the withdrawal of a companion House bill, he doesn't plan...
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By Laura Neuman | July 11, 2013
The Anne Arundel County government recently negotiated mutually agreeable contracts with 12 of the 13 unions that represent our workers during labor union talks. The Local 1563 International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) would have been the 13th, but we could not come to a successful agreement. The IAFF rejected the county administration's proposal for a two-year contract that provided the return to a three-shift, 48 hour work week effective January 1, 2014. The proposal included a 14.3 percent pay increase, a 3 percent merit increase on the employee's anniversary date and a 3 percent cost of living increase.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has vetoed a bill that would boost a retirement perk for public safety unions because she said the County Council improperly added a firefighters' union to the bill even though the union hadn't asked for it. Neuman said in a statement on Tuesday that the council's addition of Local 1563 of the International Association of Fire Fighters to the bill "undermines the labor relations process of contract negotiations....
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2012
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz plans to veto a bill that would free the Metro Centre at Owings Mills of various regulations, after County Council members amended the legislation to protect plans for a nearby development. In announcing what would be the first veto of his term, Kamenetz said the bill was "simply not good public policy. " The County Council unanimously passed the bill, sponsored by Councilman Kenneth Oliver, this week after a heated meeting. In a statement, Kamenetz said he objected to the legislation "because it contravenes 50 years of regulation that mandates public input and government review of development projects in Baltimore County.
NEWS
June 8, 1995
If President Clinton wanted to give Republicans an excuse for denying him the line-item veto power enshrined in Rep. Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America," all he had to do was hold fast to the ineptitude that is the hallmark of his administration. And so he did. For the first veto of his presidency, he chose a measure cutting $16.4 billion from fiscal 1995 spending that he and the old Democratic Congress approved a year ago.Not only that; his reason for indulging in this highly symbolic action was a relatively small $1.4 billion difference in spending priorities.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
In Anne Arundel County, where new stormwater fees have generated national attention amid criticism of what some call Maryland's "rain tax," the debate over how much to charge property owners will continue into June. County Council members had been scheduled to vote Thursday on a series of alterations to its fee structure, but the councilman sponsoring the changes, Crownsville Democrat Jamie Benoit, missed the meeting for medical reasons. Earlier this week, the council approved a series of adjustments to the fees, including a three-year phase-in and capping the maximum fee for businesses.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
On the face of it, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's local hiring bill sounds eminently reasonable. When Baltimore spends its residents' tax dollars, why shouldn't it do so in a way that supports hiring city residents, particularly considering the high rate of unemployment here? That common-sense appeal, perhaps, explains why the measure got preliminary approval on a unanimous vote Monday night. Indeed, it sounds like such a good idea that one might wonder: Why doesn't every city and county do the same thing?
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