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Md. Lawmakers Leave Property Tax Cut in Limbo

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Budget negotiators from the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates remained in a standoff Friday over whether to grant homeowners a property tax cut in next year's budget.



Chamber Favors Bills to Obtain State Funds for Stadium

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

The Charles County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee is backing legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to secure as much as $500,000 in state funding for the proposed minor league baseball stadium in St. Charles, on the southern edge of Waldorf.



Connector Plan's Bond Financing Criticized

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Md.'s plan to pay for an intercounty connector largely with bonds could add $500M to the price tag and tie up federal funding, according to a new study.



Budget Plan Would End $6 Million Calvert Grant, Lift Aid Only 3%

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

A key state grant that Calvert County has received since the deregulation of electric utilities would be eliminated under the 2006 budget proposed last week by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.



Md. Tax Loophole Targeted Again

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

When Vanda Lee goes to settlement next month on the Damascus townhouse she is buying for $360,000, she expects to pay her share of transfer and recordation taxes.



GOP Ads Aim to Shore Up Vetoes

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Maryland Republicans unleashed a barrage of advertisements Thursday targeting conservative Democrats, part of a broad effort to head off the General Assembly's threat to override Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s vetoes of key legislation.



Going 'Outside the Box' on Transportation

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Rather than raising funds with new taxes, Va. lawmakers are preparing modest but innovative programs they say will ease traffic problems, but some critics say the plans fall short.



Taxes Lie at Heart of Ehrlich Malpractice Veto

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

When Md. Democrats proposed paying for medical malpractice relief with a tax on HMO premiums, the governor saw an opportunity to gain the upper hand in a long-running partisan debate, says political science professor James Gimpel.



Session Tests Governor

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Maryland's legislature convenes Tuesday for a rare special session, with high stakes for malpractice insurance and Gov. Robert Ehrlich.



Private Firms to Chase Delinquent Taxpayers

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

When Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) teamed up in September to get the House to pass an amendment blocking the use of private companies to collect back taxes from delinquent taxpayers, it seemed the Bush administration plan might be doomed for at least a year.



Pipkin's Hard Line on Taxes, Mikulski

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Pipkin's hard anti-tax line in Annapolis was a rough draft of the message he is bringing to voters in his U.S. Senate race against Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski, who, he says, has made a career of voting for higher taxes.



Mikulski and Pipkin Trade Jabs in Md. Debate

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Last night's sparring over taxes, military spending and health care costs in a televised debate reflected the increasingly acrimonious tone of the U.S. Senate campaign in Md.



Ehrlich Vetoes Tuition Bill

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced Tuesday night that he has vetoed a bill that would have used corporate taxes to hold down tuition costs at state universities, calling the measure "irresponsible and haphazard."



Unexpected Revenue Could Ease Md. Deficit

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Maryland's much-dreaded budget crisis may be quietly evaporating, new revenue estimates show.



WEEK IN REVIEW

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Assembly Adjourns, but Shortfall Looms Lawmakers Pass Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan
The Maryland General Assembly, having rejected new taxes and the legalization of slot machines, will return in January to face a projected shortfall of more than $800 million, a gap that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) vows to fill by cutting health care and aid to local governments. In the final hours of the session, however, lawmakers approved an ambitious plan for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. They also sent the governor a proposal to cap tuition increases at public colleges and universities and a measure to guarantee employees of state contractors a living wage.



Slots' Failure Sours Many on Leaders

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Marylanders have been grumbling about the impasse over slot machine gambling that has consumed state politics since Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. took office last year.



THE WEEK THAT WAS

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, April 11 to 17



Painful Budget Decisions for Maryland in 2005

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Having rejected new taxes and the legalization of slot machines before adjourning Monday night, Md. lawmakers will return in January to face a projected shortfall of more than $800 million.



Maryland Slots Bill Fails For Second Year

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Lawmakers approved Gov. Robert Ehrlich's plan for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay but again rejected his bid to bring slot machine gambling to the state.



House Debates How to Kill a Bill

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:49:00 GMT

Hours after State House leaders pronounced a bill to legalize slot machines dead, Maryland's House Democrats couldn't decide how to formally kill it Saturday, keeping the measure alive for another day as lawmakers predicted that gambling would resurface as a major issue sooner or later anyway.