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150 rally at State House for higher gas tax

ANNAPOLIS — More than 150 people braved the cold Thursday afternoon to gather in front of the State House and urge lawmakers to raise their taxes. The coalition of business leaders, transportation advocates, union officials and construction workers called for ...

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Business leaders don’t see $800M for transportation

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland business leaders predicted Thursday that the General Assembly will not raise the $800 million for transportation projects that a commission called for last fall. Prominent business representatives have been among the most ardent and outspoken supporters of ...

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C. Fraser Smith: O’Malley’s march toward what?

Gov. Martin O’Malley has said little if anything about the widespread assumption that he’d like to run for president in 2016. Almost everyone else in Maryland politics has said something, of course. If asked, he offers the well-worn response of ...

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$1.1B deficit, gas tax, gambling to dominate General Assembly

With many long-simmering issues likely to come to a boil this year, lawmakers face a legislative session that will be dominated by Maryland’s lingering fiscal woes and an agenda full of unfinished business from years past. The budget deficit stands ...

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Groups ready their legislative tax strategies

ANNAPOLIS — Although the next legislative session is still a couple months off, it’s becoming apparent that new taxes will be one of the central issues before the General Assembly. This week, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding ...

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Md. business PAC attracts GOP lawmakers

There were about 100 people on-hand for the first fundraiser to refuel the Business Leadership PAC, the political action committee affiliated with Maryland Business for Responsive Government and if the attendees were any indication, Republicans in Annapolis can expect to ...

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Boosting funding for transportation may not make 2012 session agenda

ANNAPOLIS — The Red Line and Purple Line light rail projects will not be built unless Maryland boosts transportation revenue, but that issue could be crowded out in 2012 by more pressing state needs. Lawmakers will face a $1 billion ...

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Business groups again urge no change in tax structure

ANNAPOLIS — Business groups urged lawmakers on Tuesday to forgo changes to Maryland’s corporate tax structure in the upcoming legislative session in which state leaders will face an estimated $1 billion budget deficit. The plea came just 10 days after ...

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Progressive group wants $2.6B in tax hikes

The progressive Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute is recommending $2.6 billion in tax increases to cure state budget shortfalls, including $2 billion on consumer services that are not currently taxed. The group also is recommending raising the state income ...

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