| Jan 16, 2013
| 3:49 AM
Somewhere in the third year of Tribune Co.'s marathon Chapter 11 proceeding, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey looked out at a Delaware courtroom packed with high-priced attorneys and conceded the case had broken down into what he called a...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 1:43 PM
In the world of high finance, a world that's alien to most people, Harford County's government is highly rated, having been given ratings like AA+ and AAA by the various firms that keep track of such things.
For those of us who don't follow such...
| May 16, 2013
| 6:26 PM
Baltimore schools chief Andrés Alonso went to Annapolis last year seeking approval for a bold $2 billion plan to replace many of the city system's crumbling buildings. The idea didn't even make it out of committee.
Prospects still looked bleak in...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 3:10 PM
Maryland could lose one of its prized AAA bond ratings if the U.S. government fails to find a way out of its debt and budget problems in the coming months, state Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp has warned.
Kopp told a Senate committee in Annapolis this week that...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Local government is truly where the rubber meets the road. As Baltimore County executive, I proudly oversaw capital projects ranging from the restoration of the Randallstown Library after a fire to the expansion of Cromwell Valley Park. We rebuilt Essex...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 8:51 AM
Baltimore voters were poised to approve four charter amendments Tuesday, including one to move city elections to the same years that the nation chooses a president.
The city would hold its next election in 2016, under one of the changes leading by...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 4:23 PM
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz wants to borrow $255 million and repay it over the next 30 years to help fund the county's retirement system, a move that would carry risk but that the administration says could benefit taxpayers in the long run....
| Aug 18, 2012
| 6:35 PM
The Board of County Commissioners last week approved enrollment in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's "On Behalf of Local Governments" housing program, designed to aid first-time home buyers.
The initiative is a state bond...
| May 14, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Europe's single currency is a bust. With unemployment reaching depression levels in the Mediterranean states, time has long passed to negotiate an orderly return to national currencies.
Euro advocates argue a single currency is essential for creating a...
| Aug 9, 2011
| 3:26 PM
How will Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ credit rating affect you? Well, that depends on which "you" you are.
• If you happen to be a rich stock investor, it means you can expect a period of market volatility....
| Jul 5, 2011
| 10:56 AM
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the United States does not have to default on its debt, and the Social Security and Medicare checks can continue to go out, even if Republicans and President Barack Obama cannot strike a deal to raise the debt ceiling by...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 7:43 AM
Campaigning for office, President Barack Obama promised to do something about high gas prices, but now he is denying he can do much about what Americans pay to drive. He is too modest.
In September 2008, Steven Chu said to The Wall Street Journal:...