May 2, 2022

Justices deny free-speech challenge to Baltimore’s billboard tax

Baltimore can continue to tax commercial billboard operators.

Nov 18, 2021

It’s time to give marked-to-market taxation a try

A few weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden unveiled the Senate Finance Committee’s proposal for a so-called Billionaires Income Tax. Under the proposal, the publicly traded stock holdings of billionaires (along with other tradeable assets held by billionaires) would be marked to market each year, meaning that billionaires would be taxed on the gains on […]

Sep 22, 2021

Baltimore urges Supreme Court to reject billboard tax challenge

Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators does not violate their constitutional right to free speech as the assessment applies regardless of the messages they post, the city argued last week in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to decline to hear an operator’s First Amendment challenge to the tax. Baltimore’s filing with the justices followed Clear […]

May 15, 2020

Md. high court will consider billboard tax’s constitutionality

Maryland’s top court will consider whether Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators unconstitutionally infringes on their right to free speech in the advertisements and messages they post. The Court of Appeals this month agreed to hear Clear Channel Outdoor Inc.’s appeal of a lower court ruling that the city permissibly taxed the company’s business of […]

Oct 14, 2019

Staples files last plea for justices’ review of Md. tax

In a final plea that the Supreme Court hear its appeal, office supply giant Staples Inc. has argued states will seek to tax more business conducted outside their borders if the justices do not void as unconstitutional Maryland’s taxation of fees the Massachusetts-based company collects from its Maryland franchisees. Staples filed its argument last week […]

Aug 12, 2013

Full City Council advances Harbor Point TIF

Legislation to establish up to $125 million in tax-increment financing advanced in the Baltimore City Council Monday evening, despite continued protests from some local leaders and residents.

Aug 7, 2013

City Council members in tiff over Harbor Point TIF

Baltimore activists and City Council members sparred, sometimes angrily, with one another Wednesday as a council committee continued to debate the merits of a public financing plan for the proposed Harbor Point development.

Jul 17, 2013

Harbor Point TIF plans put on hold following hearing

Plans for a $107 million tax-funded incentive for Baltimore’s proposed Harbor Point development were put on hold for at least several weeks, following a hearing Wednesday evening at City Hall.

May 13, 2013

City Council to Law Dept.: Help on hiring bill

In the hours before the Baltimore City Council moved forward on a proposed local hiring mandate, members of the council expressed their frustration with the city’s Law Department over its continued insistence that the bill is unconstitutional.

Sep 20, 2012

Vote on Superblock tax break is put on hold

A vote on a $22.1 million tax break for the downtown mega-development called the Superblock was put on hold Thursday by a City Council committee because city development officials said they were renegotiating an agreement with the developers.

Sep 17, 2012

Auditing City Hall?

A deputy comptroller from Philadelphia will testify about the importance of regular audits of city agencies during a hearing this Thursday at City Hall.

Sep 5, 2012

Committee OKs restoring Harbor Point to Enterprise Zone

A Baltimore City Council committee voted Wednesday evening to restore Harbor Point to the city’s list of Enterprise Zones, making it eligible for lucrative tax breaks as a $1.5 billion development is set to begin there.

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