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Tag Archives: Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Union-member confidentiality coming to Md.

ANNAPOLIS — Beginning this fall, confidentiality privileges long enjoyed by attorneys and their clients will be extended to labor organizations and their members, raising concerns that these new protections could interfere with federal law. One of hundreds of bills that ...

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Tax on indemnity mortgages draws fire from business groups

ANNAPOLIS — Robert M. Bauman says no single measure passed by the General Assembly is particularly lethal to business in Maryland. But that doesn’t mean he thinks the legislature’s cumulative actions aren’t potentially deadly. “This is death by a thousand ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Pain at the pump and elsewhere

“They tell me it’ll kill me, but they won’t say when.” -Old blues song Gov. Martin O’Malley has been trying to get legislators focused on the killing potential of delay, but he’s had about as much success as warnings about ...

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Legislature tackling social media privacy issues

ANNAPOLIS — When former correctional officer Robert Collins was asked to turn over his Facebook login information to a superior, he was concerned that his rights were being violated. Last year, Collins allowed the superior to look at his account ...

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Lt. Gov. Brown leading state’s effort to make public-private partnerships common

ANNAPOLIS — As lawmakers prepare to consider tax hikes to pay for transportation projects, Maryland’s lieutenant governor is directing an effort to pump private dollars directly into state roads, bridges and rail lines and the port and airport. The administration’s ...

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Christopher Summers: We need to put the brakes on the O’Malley gas tax

There’s a coordinated push by Gov. Martin O’Malley to raise Maryland’s gasoline tax by applying the state’s sales tax of 6 percent to fuel purchases. That means that, at current gas prices, the state tax would rise from 23.5 cents ...

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O’Malley proposal not a new ‘tech tax’

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is considering revisions to his effort to expand Maryland’s sales tax on the Internet after the proposal angered business groups, tech firms and others that deal digital goods and services, an aide said Wednesday. For ...

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