| Nov 27, 2012
| 10:55 AM
Was the big loser of this month's election Grover Norquist? It's starting to look that way, as an increasing number of Republicans in the House and Senate are announcing that they could be willing to violate the pledges they signed at the behest of the...
| Nov 30, 2012
With the Maryland General Assembly meeting in a little over a month, the Harford County Board of Education will wait a bit longer before voting on its own 2013 legislative platform.
During the most recent school board meeting Nov. 19, Kathy Carmello,...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 9:08 PM
A bipartisan plan to avoid federal spending reductions and tax increases that would hit Maryland especially hard won final approval Tuesday night in the House of Representatives even as outside groups warned that the bill would simply delay difficult...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 4:35 AM
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'Fiscal cliff' deal approved, avoiding tax increases and spending cuts: A bipartisan plan to avoid...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 7:15 AM
While politicians spar in Washington over how to keep the nation from going over a "fiscal cliff," environmental activists warn that the wind-energy industry faces its own cliff if Congress doesn't act soon to extend a federal tax break for turbine...
| Nov 10, 2012
| 11:09 AM
Their star quarterback remains on the field, but federal employee unions will continue to play defense in Congress.
Labor leaders cheered the re-election of President Barack Obama, yet with no significant congressional changes — particularly in the...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Republican House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor argues that there is no mandate for raising taxes on millionaires ("Boehner sees jumping off point for 'fiscal cliff' talks," Nov. 8).
Never mind that polls show that a majority of Americans and even a...
| Jan 3, 2013
"It's not all I would have liked," said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, speaking of the deal on the fiscal cliff, "so on to the debt ceiling."
For Republicans, the battle over the fiscal cliff is only a prelude to the coming battle...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Now that Congress has passed a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff, we see what Democrats mean by "a balanced approach" to deficit reduction ("House passes 'cliff' bill,'" Jan. 2).
The measure includes $41 in tax hikes for every $1 in spending reductions. We...
| Nov 14, 2012
With the election behind us, I had hoped our politicians would get beyond games of chicken. No such luck.
First, you need to understand that the upcoming game of chicken isn't about how much or when we cut the budget deficit, or even whether the upcoming...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 6:40 PM
After years of budgetary gloom and shortfalls in the billions of dollars, Maryland's fiscal forecasters offered lawmakers a brighter outlook Tuesday, saying the state's operating budget could be just $27 million in the red next fiscal year.
| Jan 4, 2013
| 8:35 PM
For better or worse, Marylanders may be more affected by the fiscal cliff tax deal than residents in other parts of the country.
Maryland is one of the wealthiest states, and its residents have the nation's highest median income. That means they likely...