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Md. legislators get high marks from consumer group — but not GOP

September 16th, 2014 | by Meg Tully

A consumer advocacy group is giving state lawmakers high scores for passing laws in the 2014 General Assembly session that raise the minimum wage and reduce the impact of foreclosures. The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, a nonprofit whose mission includes advancing fairness and justice for consumers, also released four-year scores that depicted state lawmakers as generally favorable to consumer issues. Only nine of 47 senators and 46 of 141 delegates got four-year scores lower than 80%


Cut in estate tax sent to governor, who will likely sign it

March 20th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

In an effort to ensure Maryland’s millionaires don’t flee the state for cheaper pastures, the General Assembly approved Thursday a cut to the state’s estate tax. After spirited debate and a 36-10 vote from the Senate, the bill was sent to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is likely to sign the bill


Miller ‘reluctantly’ supports estate tax cut he’s sponsoring

March 19th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Though he’s listed as chief sponsor of a bill that would cut Maryland’s estate tax, Senate President Mike Miller said Wednesday he only “reluctantly” supports his legislation, and its House equivalent, which delegates passed last week. But, Miller said, it is important to keep Maryland’s rate competitive to those of other states


Senate rejects GOP cuts to $39 billion budget; Miller gripes about environmental ‘whackos’

March 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

With minimal debate, the Maryland Senate rejected a half dozen Republican attempts to further trim Gov. Martin O'Malley's $39 billion budget Wednesday, and gave preliminary approval to the spending plan that will be sent to the House this week. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee ultimately cut $492 million from the current budget and O'Malley's proposal for next year, partly to make up for lowered revenue estimates in both years


Kittleman accuses Miller of abusing his power

March 12th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

Sen. Allan Kittleman called it a show of “the arrogance of power” when Senate President Mike Miller ruled he was in violation of the “single subject” rule for legislation. In the end, their fellow senators supported Miller’s ruling and not Kittleman


House votes to cut taxes on the wealthiest dead

March 9th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a tax cut in Friday’s session that would benefit Maryland’s millionaires after they die. In a 120-13 vote, the House voted to exempt more assets from the estate tax, which taxes a property of a deceased individual if it’s valued at $1 million


Assembly leaders back cutting estate taxes, but opponents knock break for wealthy

March 5th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

General Assembly leaders say they are fearful wealthy Maryland residents are moving out of state because of Maryland’s high estate tax and are promoting legislation that would cut the “death tax” Maryland imposes a tax when property is transferred from the deceased to a living relative, if that property is valued at more than $1 million -- the tax caps at 16% of the entire estate


Rascovar column: Do-gooders know best about wages

February 2nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Raising the minimum wage is all the rage among liberal Democrats and liberal advocacy groups. Listening to them it’s clear a much higher minimum will dramatically close the income inequity gap. Columnist Barry Rascovar explores the downside of upping the minimum wage, and offers a better alternative.



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