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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 2, 2002
andrews@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Bob Wise played pitchman at Martinsburg Mall Wednesday, hawking the state's "Back to School" sales tax exemption weekend, which begins today. Through Sunday, the state's 6 percent sales tax will be waived for each article of clothing or school supply under $100. With an auctioneer's energy, Wise held up item after item - a notebook, a binder, a backpack, a package of markers, a shirt. He encouraged people to buy, buy, buy. He even came prepared with a rhyming slogan: "Drive in today.
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September 25, 2007
Results as of 9:30 a.m. Monday How should Maryland eliminate its budget deficit? Cut spending 152 votes (39 percent) Approve slots 114 votes (30 percent) Increase sales tax 4 votes (1 percent) Increase cigarette tax 42 votes (11 percent) Increase income tax 7 votes (2 percent) Increase gas tax 4 votes (1 percent) All of the above 11 votes (3 percent) Combination of above 52 votes (13 percent)
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By SCOTT BUTKI | September 27, 1999
Maryland House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. Monday criticized the Washington County Commissioners' plan to seek a state sales tax increase in Washington County to help pay off the county water and sewer debt and predicted it would get short shrift in Annapolis. [cont. from front page ] "I think it would be summarily rejected," Taylor said. The County Commissioners on Sept. 21 agreed to ask the Maryland General Assembly to increase the 5 percent state sales tax to 6 percent in Washington County.
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February 23, 2005
Week of Feb. 20, 1955 With the passage of ice from the Potomac River, yellow suckers have started to "run," and some nice catches have been made this week near Williamsport. Most of the fishermen are using dipnets with the river almost full and cloudy and in perfect condition. Dave Cole, Chicago Cub pitcher, and his brother Don Cole, both of Williamsport, dipped almost the limit near the R. Paul Smith Power Plant. The limit this year is 20 suckers per day per fisherman.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 5, 2010
Maryland might lose about $19 million in an upcoming sales-tax-free week, but a retail spending surge could help jumpstart the economy, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot said Thursday. The state sales tax was waived for five days in 2006 and a week in 2001. Franchot's office had no information on the 2006 impact, but said the state lost about $5.1 million in revenue during the 2001 week, less than a projection of $6.7 million. Retail sales rose about 10 percent, more than the prediction of 7.4 percent.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 31, 2008
ANNAPOLIS -- House Republicans on Wednesday proposed a series of budget cuts and deferrals in hopes of repealing a controversial state tax on computer services. During a recent special session, the Maryland General Assembly approved an increase in the state sales tax, to 6 percent from 5 percent, and applying the sales tax to computer services. The sales tax is expected to generate about $200 million. Some legislators, mostly Republicans, have called the tax unfair and pushed for its repeal.
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by TRISH RUDDER | February 15, 2005
trishr@herald-mail.com BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A West Virginia law that gives towns the option to charge an additional 1 percent sales tax will go into effect on July 1 and Town of Bath officials are weighing whether to impose the tax or continue with its current tax system. Last March, the West Virginia Legislature gave municipalities the option of imposing a 1 percent sales tax with the money going back to the municipality. According to the new law, towns can apply the 1 percent sales tax or a Business and Occupation tax (B&O)
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 5, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Samuel E. Rohrer, a Republican state representative from Berks County, Pa., has been traveling across the state in recent years hawking his plan for an expanded state sales tax to pay for public education in the Keystone State. Rohrer was the featured speaker Friday at the 2005 Legislative Forum, "Local Tax Reform," sponsored by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Committee. Local state representatives Pat Fleagle, R-Franklin; Mark K. Keller, R-Franklin/Perry; and Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland attended the session.
NEWS
December 13, 1997
Columbia Gas customers get a break Nearly 700 Columbia Gas customers in Washington County will see a break on their monthly gas bills, Columbia Gas of Maryland announced Friday. Columbia no longer has to collect 5-percent state sales tax from residential customers who choose their own natural gas supplier. The tax savings applies to 2,500 customers statewide, including 692 in Washington County. Things will nto change for the company's 30,000 other residential customers.
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