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Clark Kendall: Freedom of choice for retirement

Do the sponsors of Maryland H.B. 421 and S.B. 312, which would create the so-called Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program and Trust, think 1 million Marylanders are either too lazy or too financially irresponsible, or both, to pick up the phone and open a simple IRA retirement account at a bank?

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Confusing tax law changes may lead to missed deductions

As business owners prepare their files and paperwork for tax season, one particular tax law change may lead to substantial missed opportunities for taxpayers in Maryland. Imagine you’re the landlord of a commercial office building, which you’ve owned for 10 ...

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Ramesh Ponnuru: Court’s Obamacare dilemma

Opinions about the big Obamacare case the Supreme Court heard this week are highly polarized. But the court could find a way to split the difference between the conservative and liberal readings of the law -- and that might be the worst of all worlds.

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Joseph A. Schwartz, III: Behind the workers’ compensation announcement

The Maryland General Assembly’s Workers’ Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight Committee announced on Feb. 3 that there would not be legislation for the next two years (2015, 2016 legislative sessions) relating to physician dispensing of medicines to workers’ compensation patients.

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Edward J. Levin: Similar cases, opposite results

The Court of Appeals recently held that a letter of intent signed as part of settlement discussions between two parties who were litigating over the ownership and use of parking spaces was unambiguous and constituted an enforceable contract between them even though the lease that was to guide the relationship of the parties for 99 years had not been agreed upon.

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