Nov 10, 2010

What’s old is new again at Straughan Environmental in Columbia

The 15-year-old company built around sustainable environmental planning practiced what it has preached when it cut the ribbon on a recycled 25-year-old office building at 10255 Old Columbia Rd. last month. With a $700,000 budget, designers showed Straughan’s environmental scientists and engineers how to reuse what was once a non-descript brick box of a building […]

Nov 10, 2010

Van Hollen seeks ranking position on budget panel

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen wants to be the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee. Van Hollen sent a letter on Wednesday to congressional colleagues to ask for their support. Van Hollen says the committee will be a central front in the national conversation about how to accelerate job creation and economic […]

Nov 3, 2010

O’Malley to propose budget with more cuts, no new taxes

ANNAPOLIS — Looking ahead to his second term, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday his first budget proposal will reflect another challenging year with more cuts, but that no new tax proposals will be included in his January budget. The Democrat said any increase in state revenue will come from more people landing jobs, not taxes. […]

Nov 1, 2010

Gas, alcohol, sales tax hikes all on the table

A range of tax increases and budget cuts are on the table next year as Maryland legislators struggle with a $1.7 billion structural deficit, according to leading Democrats in the General Assembly. Taxes on alcohol, gasoline, corporate income and sales face possible increases during the 2011 General Assembly. “We need to figure out a way […]

Oct 28, 2010

Martin O’Malley: Parrying GOP’s ‘old saw’

In the waning days of a campaign dominated by economic issues, Gov. Martin O’Malley said he would reduce regulatory red tape and remain focused on the high-tech sectors he believes are primed for strong growth as Maryland emerges from the recession. He called criticism that his administration over-taxes and unfairly regulates businesses “an old saw,” […]

Oct 11, 2010

Newsmakers: Comptroller candidate William H. Campbell

Republican candidate for Maryland comptroller William H. Campbell discusses what he thinks is wrong with the current administration's handling of the budget, what he would do if elected, and how he thinks he can beat incumbent Comptroller Peter Franchot in November.

Sep 13, 2010

Federal government is on track for $1.3 trillion deficit

WASHINGTON — The federal government is on track to record the second-highest deficit of all time with one month left in the budget year. The deficit totaled $1.26 trillion through August, the Treasury Department said Monday. That puts it on pace to total $1.3 trillion when the budget year ends on September 30, slightly below […]

Sep 3, 2010

Don’t count on slots to save Md.

Maryland is placing a lot of faith in revenue generated by slot machines positioned in a few strategic locations around the state to plug large holes in the budgets of such services as education and law enforcement. Yet, despite the state government already committing more than $80 million to the purchase of nearly 2,000 machines, […]

Aug 26, 2010

Metro to require full fare from SmarTrip users

WASHINGTON — Metro says it’s going to stop helping out SmarTrip riders who come up short on their fares. SmarTrip users can now exit the system even if the amount on their cards can’t cover the price of their trips. The system deducts the amount needed to exit the next time the user adds value […]

Aug 19, 2010

Budget analysts see 2010 deficit at $1.3 trillion

WASHINGTON — Congress’ budget analysts are estimating that this year’s federal deficit will exceed $1.3 trillion, slightly below last year’s total but still a huge ocean of red ink. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the enormous shortfall is a result of the still staggering economy, which has meant lower federal revenues plus extra government […]

Jan 21, 2010

Annapolis morning look, Jan. 21

Good morning, folks. Now that the governor’s budget has been read across the desks of the General Assembly, and the stacks of budget books distributed, focus shifts, at least a little bit, to some other issues in state government. Today we’ll get an update on foreclosures from the heads of the departments of Labor, Licensing […]

Jan 19, 2010

O’Malley to reveal budget proposal, and so can you

Gov. Martin O’Malley is scheduled to unveil his budget proposal Tuesday afternoon, revealing for the first time the full slate of his cost-saving measures for fiscal year 2011. The news conference is scheduled for 2:30 and O’Malley will formally present his spending plan on Wednesday. Until then (and I suppose after then, too) you can […]

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