| Aug 21, 2014
| 3:30 AM
Harford County Councilman Jim McMahan, who is running for re-election, says he supports bills to raise the salaries of the next county executive and county council, giving the measures a minimum of three prospective favorable votes among the seven...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 5:14 PM
Two members of the Harford County Council will introduce bills Tuesday night to give pay increases to the next county executive and future county council members amounting to about 25 percent from current levels starting next summer.
At least one council...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 6:22 PM
The Fourth of July weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year, and it's a safe bet that a lot of Marylanders will hit the roads to Ocean City and beyond. As often happens when mid-summer vacations beckon, gas prices are up and...
| May 5, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Here's a riddle for you: When is a tax cut not a tax cut? Answer: When it happens during a contentious Republican primary race for Anne Arundel County executive.
The current executive, Laura Neuman, proposed her budget for fiscal 2015 last week, and...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 4:53 PM
The next Harford County state's attorney will not get the proposed salary increase introduced through legislation during the 2014 General Assembly, which wrapped up Monday night.
The legislation, which was sponsored by southern Harford Sen. Nancy...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 6:32 AM
The Maryland Senate has passed legislation to increase the salary of the Harford County state's attorney. The measure is awaiting action in the House of Delegates.
Under the legislation, SB 475, the state's attorney's base salary of $98,500, which has...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:14 PM
The next big battle for federal workers might not be over another government shutdown, but how to measure inflation.
The long-term budget deal that lawmakers agreed last month to pursue is expected to include discussion on whether the federal government...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:35 AM
A citizens' commission created to review the compensation levels of the county executive and council is close to making its final recommendations.
After more than four months of meetings, in which commission members parsed budget information, examined...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 6:48 AM
We just received a letter from our state senator (Jim Brochin) that has me befuddled.
He says "The new law increases the gas tax from 23.5 cents per gallon to 43.5 cents per gallon by mid-2016. Additional gas taxes will then be linked to the Consumer...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 11:27 AM
The talk in Washington and among opinion leaders around the country's budget issues today centers on "balance" and "responsibility." Many conservatives declare that these terms mean that there should be no new revenue, only spending cuts to programs...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 6:11 PM
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday that energy prices will rise $6 a month for the typical residential electricity customer who doesn't use an outside power supplier, the first jump in energy prices in four years.
That rise in costs, running...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 11:41 AM
It's facile to say that if the extreme right and left of American politics dislike something, it must be a good idea, but in the case of President Barack Obama's budget proposal, it may be true.
The president is taking one more stab at a "grand bargain"...