Justices deny free-speech challenge to Baltimore’s billboard tax
Baltimore can continue to tax commercial billboard operators.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.