| Mar 21, 2014
| 9:34 AM
The number of jobs in Maryland decreased by 9,800 in January. The statewide unemployment rate remains high at around 6 percent (compared to 3.6 percent at the start of 2008), and projected state tax revenues have recently been adjusted downward by $238...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 7:42 AM
Does spending less money on state government stimulate the economy? That’s a question raised in a Los Angeles Times story Friday about states that have not restored budget cuts made during the belt-tightening of the recession.
The story focuses on...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 4:01 PM
The General Assembly will consider a handful of bills related to the mortgage crisis, but unlike in previous years, many focus on what happens to borrowers after foreclosure.
The bills — most of which would limit the risks of debt that can linger...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 6:06 PM
SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan played a little role reversal Thursday, proposing to cut in half the state income tax on corporations, a move that could further frame this year’s elections along economic lines as Democrats try to...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 9:43 PM
Illinois' pension system was in precarious enough shape in 1994 that Democrats and Republicans came together to solve a crisis threatening the state's financial future.
The agreement they forged was supposed to take politics out of pension funding by...
| Jun 25, 2011
| 6:30 AM
Having just moved back to Maryland after 23 years in Dallas, I think I can bring some insight as to Texas' merits vs. Maryland. ("A Texas remedy for what ails Maryland jobs," June 22)
First, there is the myth that Texas is cheaper to live in than other...
| Aug 23, 2011
Property tax breaks meant to encourage homeownership have been awarded to 465 vacant houses in Baltimore, depriving the city of uncollected revenue in a difficult budget year and calling into question past promises from city officials to crack down on tax...
| Aug 20, 2011
| 1:29 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley signaled that tax increases could be in the cards during next year's legislative session, though he said any state action would depend on congressional budget-cutting decisions this winter.
In a speech to local government leaders...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 5:20 AM
Your editorial advocating tax increases to fix Annapolis' job-killing spending problem once again misses the mark ("Tax increases should be on the table," Aug. 23).
Government's insistence on uncontrolled, unsustainable spending has saddled future...
| May 30, 2011
| 8:04 PM
Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has cut its corporate taxes in some states by renting restaurants from itself, using a strategy that has led to challenges and millions of dollars in back taxes for some other big companies.
The owner of chains...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 7:18 PM
My sister was wearing her "I love Costa Mesa" pin on our trip up the Central Coast.
"What's so great about Costa Mesa?" a proprietor of one of the region's wineries asked her.
That's the wrong question to ask my sister.
She leaned across the counter...