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NEWS
November 29, 2005
The Harrisburg Bureau of The Associated Press (AP) this week reported that Pennsylvania's state budget contains loopholes that citizens and businesses use to evade all or part of taxes they would otherwise pay - to the tune of $26 billion. Now we know that what some consider loopholes are economic incentives to others, so there are arguments to be made over which are worth the revenue losses and which aren't. It's time for that debate now, as state lawmakers struggle to find a way to pay for $8 billion in property-tax reductions.
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NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 21, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Emerging details of Gov. Martin O'Malley's strategy for filling Maryland's $1.7 billion budget gap elicited a range of local opinions Thursday. A possible $2-per-pack cigarette tax, up from the current $1, earned both criticism and praise among a handful of people surveyed. One business owner didn't want the state sales tax to go up, a measure O'Malley recommended Thursday. And why, one person wondered, was a gasoline tax increase left out of the governor's $2 billion revenue package?
NEWS
October 23, 2009
MONT ALTO, Pa. - The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies at Penn State Mont Alto will be offering the 10th piece in its annual series of Bell family pottery reproductions this fall. The series features one reproduction per year in a limited edition of 150. This year's reproduction is a lidded salt-glazed stoneware canning jar with cobalt blue tulip decorations, created by the center's executive director and ceramist James Smith of Fayetteville, Pa. The original jar was made in John Bell's Waynesboro, Pa., shop between the mid-1850s and 1880.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | January 17, 1999
ANNAPOLIS - Washington County lawmakers don't like the idea of raising the gas tax or the state sales tax to pay for road improvements and mass transit. But Maryland officials have warned that something needs to be done this year or next, to fix the depleting Transportation Trust Fund. Washington County lawmakers said the gas tax is not fair to rural residents. "My constituents aren't using the Metro system and they shouldn't be paying for it," said Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington.
NEWS
By CHRIS LEYDEN | Capital News Service | November 25, 2012
As Marylanders join millions of others nationwide in the computer shopping blitz that's become known as Cyber Monday, they might want to think about this: If they paid the sales tax they owe to the state for such purchases, Maryland would be $200 million richer. But virtually no one pays, and the state's top tax enforcement officer doesn't believe they should. Online buyers are supposed to pay sales taxes for their purchases by Jan. 21, 2013, one of the four deadlines a year for Maryland residents to file their “use tax.” This use tax is imposed on any purchase that is not taxed by the seller, whether it be out of a catalog, from an Internet retailer or even from a store in Delaware, which does not impose sales taxes.
OPINION
By GEORGE MICHAEL | February 17, 2012
Have you been having gas pains recently? Not to be personal, I was thinking about the pains at the pump when you fill up your vehicle. Gasoline prices are on the rise again. What are we going to do about it? Most of last year, the governor let it be known he favored a 15-cents-per-gallon increase in the Maryland excise tax spread over three years to refurbish our infrastructure. At least, that's what he says. The pain of a billion dollar or so shortfall in our budget makes any kind of tax attractive to Gov. O'Malley.
NEWS
By GUY FLETCHER | March 11, 1998
McKee's tax cut plans given little chance in House ANNAPOLIS - Maryland Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, thought he came up with some sensible ways to give older people and students in the state a modest tax break. One problem: His two proposed tax cuts would cost the state about $12.6 million next year. For that reason, McKee's proposals have no chance for passage. But he said they are good ideas, so he made his pitch before the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | July 25, 2002
Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades this week said that his 59 deputies are underpaid, leading to a situation in which his department pays to train officers, only to see them leave for higher-paying posts elsewhere. The issue highlights the need for candidates for county commissioners to look at where they might find new revenue or cut existing programs. The average pay for local deputies in 2000 was $34,611, almost $8,000 lower than the state average, according to Maryland and U.S. labor agencies.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | March 25, 2004
laurae@herald-mail.com Over the objection of Washington County lawmakers Wednesday, the Maryland House of Delegates tentatively approved a $670 million tax increase. Because Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich has threatened a veto, many in the General Assembly believe the proposed increases in sales and income taxes ultimately will be dismissed. Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, asked the House to reject raising the sales tax from 5 percent to 6 percent. Shank called it a regressive tax that will "drive a nail into the coffin" of small businesses and said it's not needed because Ehrlich submitted a balanced budget.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | May 13, 2007
HARRISBURG, Pa. - With only $115 million of gambling revenue in coffers, property tax relief promised for 2007 remains in jeopardy. State law required that nearly $600 million of revenue be generated by new slots parlors before the money be distributed to Pennsylvania's property owners. Budget Secretary Michael J. Masch confirmed in an April 13 press release that the fund fell short of the necessary amount. Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell has been championing a proposal to increase the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent, generating revenue to provide tax cuts this year.
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