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  • Not another debt limit fight [Editorial]

    Not another debt limit fight   [Editorial]
    Well, so much for the return of reason to the Congressional budget debate. Even before the ink was dry on the bipartisan agreement that is supposed to stabilize the budget debate for the next two years — and before the Senate has even voted on the...
  • Carroll receives positive credit ratings

    Carroll receives positive credit ratings
    Carroll County received positive credit ratings, including one upgrade, from bond rating agencies after the county's annual bond review in New York. Carroll received a AAA rating, the highest possible, from both Fitch Services and Standard and Poor's...
  • Investors wary and weary, but not panicked over debt ceiling standoff

    Investors wary and weary, but not panicked over debt ceiling standoff
    After plunging early in the week over fears that the United States might default on its debts, stocks rallied Thursday and Friday after House Republicans showed a willingness to temporarily extend the debt ceiling for six weeks. Investors clearly were...
  • Bond outlook upgraded for Anne Arundel County

    Bond outlook upgraded for Anne Arundel County
    Credit rating house Standard & Poor has assigned Anne Arundel County's bonds a AAA rating and upgraded its assessment of the county's fiscal outlook from "negative" to "stable," officials announced Monday. Moody's, another credit rating house, gave...
  • State will not be downgraded if Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay fails to make bond payments

    State will not be downgraded if Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay fails to make bond payments
    The Maryland Economic Development Corp. expects to fall short next year on payments to investors who bought the bonds that funded the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, a state-owned golf resort hotel and conference center on the Eastern Shore. Known as...
  • A do-nothing Congress returns to Washington; don't expect much

    A do-nothing Congress returns to Washington; don't expect much
    A wild windstorm swept through the nation's capital on Saturday, tossing broken tree limbs, downing power lines and forcing thousands of suburbanites to eat dinner by candlelight. On Sunday, with the skies sunny and mostly clear, the oppressive heat...
  • Credit rating houses give Carroll high marks for fiscal stability

    Carroll County this week received high ratings from national credit rating agencies in their annual review of jurisdictions' financial stability. Credit rating companies Fitch, Standard & Poor and Moody's gave the county marks related to credit...
  • Make 'flush tax' dollars go further

    Make 'flush tax' dollars go further
    A panel on growth and wastewater treatment recently recommended tripling the Bay Restoration Fee — known as the "flush tax" — between now and 2015. Good idea. It would raise more than $145 million a year for the Chesapeake Bay. And with a...
  • Small investors worry about debt-ceiling impasse

    Small investors worry about debt-ceiling impasse
    While politicians in Washington refuse to compromise on raising the debt ceiling, small investors are worrying about what a stalemate might mean to their life savings. Financial planners say they are having discussions regularly with clients about the...
  • Budget chief urges caution in coming fiscal year

    Although Howard County is starting to emerge from the economic recession, officials must remain cautious when preparing the budget for fiscal year 2013, the county's budget director told the County Council Monday, Nov. 14. Ray Wacks' annual briefings...
  • Supercommittee inaction could hurt state

    Marylanders from nearly every walk of life could be affected by across-the-board budget cuts starting in 2013 as a result of the congressional supercommittee's failure to reach an agreement to trim the nation's spiraling budget deficits. After months...
  • Uncertain year ahead for U.S. stocks

    Uncertain year ahead for U.S. stocks
    Investors had plenty to keep them jittery in 2011. There were the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, economic woes in Europe, and, here at home, politically tinged fiscal showdowns in Washington over deep government spending cuts. Still, the stock market...