| Aug 15, 2011
| 4:15 PM
The silver lining in all this economic upheaval lately: low interest rates on consumer borrowing.
Mortgage rates are at or near record lows, causing a jump in refinancing. Credit cards rates remain largely flat. And new car loans have been inching...
| May 23, 2011
| 3:01 PM
Finally, the description of Maryland as a "nanny state" could actually apply — and it's a good thing.
Late last week, a state task force recommended that crib bumpers, the padded liners used on the inside of baby cribs, be declared a hazard. They...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 1:33 PM
The United States tax code is so backward that billionaire investor Warren Buffett pays only 17 percent in income taxes, a rate even lower than that of his secretary. Or so he claims. While I have great respect for Mr. Buffett, and while I agree that...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 7:45 AM
It is time to dispel a few myths. First, we are not overtaxed but under-taxed. Federal personal and corporate tax receipts expressed as a percentage of gross domestic product are at 14.1 percent, the lowest rate since 1951.
The Bush tax cuts have been in...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 6:52 PM
Maryland finished the most recent budget year with nearly $1 billion in unspent funds, a surplus that was more than 50 percent higher than expected, mostly due to stronger-than-anticipated income tax receipts, officials said Thursday.
| Jun 25, 2011
| 1:28 PM
On Maryland's Eastern Shore, everything leads back to chickens.
The poultry industry is the largest piece of a key sector of the local economy — agriculture — and its reach is broad: from the truckers who move products and the many farmers...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 9:10 AM
This sounds like a terrible way to start your day.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 300,000 classic chrome two-slice Hamilton Beach toasters after 15 reports of toasters that did not pop up as intended, igniting the...
| Jul 11, 2011
| 9:30 AM
The latest news on executive pay at publicly traded companies is good — if you happen to be a CEO, that is. Reflecting the national trend, at least 14 highly-paid chief executives of 19 companies surveyed in the Baltimore region saw fatter paychecks...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 2:01 PM
Havre de Grace's Water and Sewer Commission is recommending that the city increase user rates by at least 5 percent to close the water and sewer fund's deficit.
Garrett Lyttle, a citizen member of the commission and former city councilman, presented...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 12:38 PM
The average water customer's bill in Harford County could go up an average of 4 percent if a new wholesale water rate fee schedule is approved, water and sewer officials told members of the County Council Tuesday.
Deputy Director of Public Works Joel...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 2:12 PM
A provision of a Senate budget bill that passed Thursday would -- if accepted by the House -- require the Maryland Transit Administration to raise fares on its core services in Baltimore to keep pace with inflation.
The clause in the annual budget...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 2:23 PM
The Howard County Board of Education unanimously approved Renee Foose to be its new superintendent Thursday afternoon in Ellicott City.
"It's official," said Board Chairwoman Sandra French, after she and Foose signed the four-year contract that will...