Author: Capital News Service

Post-season baseball brings limited economic growth

For the bars, restaurants and shops immediately around Camden Yards in Baltimore, playoff baseball means more customers and more revenue. But sports economists argue that while that may be the case, the city as a whole isn’t likely to generate too much additional revenue, in large part because business stays in the areas immediately around the ballpark.

“The economic impact is usually exaggerated and zero sum at best because the baseball fans may crowd out the regular customers and the fans are spending money at Boog’s BBQ (at Camden Yards) instead of somewhere else in the Inner Harbor,” said John Vrooman, a sports economist and professor at Vanderbilt University.

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Supreme Court to hear case on right of Maryland to tax out-of-state income

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case involving a Maryland couple who believe their out-of-state income should not be taxed by their state of residence.
Brian and Karen Wynne of Howard County argue the income they earn in several other states through a company Mr. Wynne partially owns should not be taxed by Maryland if they pay the income taxes in those other states.
Maryland has an out-of-state income tax credit that can be used to offset state income taxes. But there is no equivalent credit that can be used to offset county income taxes, so counties can tax the out-of-state income.

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Treating Md.’s juvenile delinquents at home more effective, less costly than jails, advocates say

The $225 million set aside to build three new jails for juvenile delinquents and improvements to a fourth in Maryland should be spent on community-based treatment instead, a state review panel found. Putting more money into juvenile jails would lead to less effective treatments, according to a report by the Maryland Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit. The budgeted money includes the proposed construction of three new juvenile jails in Baltimore, Prince George’s County and Wicomico County.

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