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  • O'Malley's fiscal legacy [Editorial]

    O'Malley's fiscal legacy  [Editorial]
    When the three major Wall Street bond rating agencies reaffirmed Maryland's AAA rating last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley issued a news release crediting his administration's "fiscally responsible approach" to budgeting. Given the extent to which Mr. O'...
  • Could a third treasurer be the charm? [Commentary]

    Could a third treasurer be the charm? [Commentary]
    The state pension system is Maryland's financial Achilles heel and has been for decades. All bond rating services have noted that rising pension debt endangers the state's AAA bond rating, and the Pew Center on the States rates Maryland as among the...
  • Shutdown costs feds $2 billion in lost productivity, report finds

    Shutdown costs feds $2 billion in lost productivity, report finds
    WASHINGTON -- The 16-day shutdown of the federal government last month resulted in $2 billion in lost productivity and, at its peak, left 40 percent of the federal workforce furloughed, according to a report released by the Obama administration Thursday....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Brazil, Russia, India and China: The world's trouble children

    Brazil, Russia, India and China: The world's trouble children
    As the world struggles to deal with its two largest foreign-affairs dilemmas, Syria and Iran, resolutely standing in the way are the BRICs. That's the acronym foreign-policy wonks use for the block of nations that routinely refuses to join the...
  • Raise Maryland calls for higher wages for corporate employees

    Raise Maryland calls for higher wages for corporate employees
    Some members of the Rev. David Carl Olson's congregation are homeless. A few work minimum-wage jobs, he said, but they still cannot afford to leave shelters. His faith calls him to live in a world with "profoundly more justice," said Olson, who...
  • Harford to sell nearly $117 million in bonds on Feb. 19

    Harford County officials are preparing to sell $116.9 in bonds on Feb. 19. The bond issues cover $40 million that is being borrowed for various capital improvement projects and $76.9 million to refinance two previous bond issues from 2005 and 2007,...
  • Part two: Warning signs

    Part two: Warning signs
    When Bank of America credit officer Dan Petrik and his team sat down in early 2007 to analyze Sam Zell's plan to take control of Tribune Co., their numbers showed that the complex deal failed to meet five of the bank's 10 lending guidelines. There was...
  • Md. treasurer: S&P sees 'no action' on state credit rating

    Maryland's treasurer expressed confidence Tuesday the state's AAA credit rating would not change as a result of Standard & Poor's historic downgrade of the federal government's rating. Maryland has maintained the top rating from the three major ratings...
  • Whose side is S&P on?

    It may be possible to reverse a downward economic trend by examining the issues and then taking action. First, is it possible that in downgrading the U.S. credit rating, Standard and Poor's is trying to reclaim its reputation after having backed so...
  • Downgrade shows D.C. at its most childish

    Why is anyone surprised by Standard and Poor's downgrading U.S. debt? I'm surprised it took this long. President Barack Obama and the members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have been behaving like little kids, pushing their own...