| Feb 26, 2014
| 4:21 PM
Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot warned senators Wednesday that Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to divert $100 million a year from the state pension fund to next year's budget threatens the long-term health of the retirement system....
| Mar 4, 2014
| 9:45 AM
A person works hard for many years to achieve a pension for retirement. It's scary to hear that Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to divert $100 million from the state pension fund for next year's budget and to make this a permanent happening. Thankfully,...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Scams are on my mind again. I hope you aren't getting tired of me passing on this kind of information but scams are constantly evolving. If I can prevent just one person from being scammed, it's worth doing.
I mentioned in a previous column that I...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 9:20 AM
Bel Air town officials are eager the see the last of this winter's snow melt away and the temperatures warm up, as the first of the community's early spring activities are quickly approaching.
"It can't snow on St. Patrick's Day," Town Administrator...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 10:30 AM
I was not surprised to see Gov. Martin O'Malley fail to honor the state obligation to provide annual funding to the State Pension Plan to restore it to fiscal stability ("Franchot, Kopp fight transfer of pension money," Feb. 26). It is pretty consistent...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:07 AM
Bel Air Mayor Robert Reier joked at Monday night's town meeting that Public Works Director Randy Robertson could probably "write a book" on clearing snow from municipal streets, sidewalks and facilities with the latest snow that hit Monday.
| Jan 5, 2014
Facing a backlash from veterans, lawmakers in both parties — including several in Maryland — are reconsidering a cut to military retiree pensions that they approved last month as part of a rare bipartisan budget agreement.
| Jan 6, 2014
| 5:32 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday that the city will make lump-sum payments to owners of historic properties whose tax bills in coming years will be higher than what government officials told them to expect.
The checks — which will...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 3:00 AM
State legislators from the Towson area will again push for adoption of a partially elected Baltimore County School Board when the 434th session of the Maryland General Assembly convenes Wednesday.
During the past several sessions, Baltimore County...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Senior lawmakers unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Monday that would keep the federal government running for most of this year while directing hundreds of millions of dollars to Maryland interests — from the James Webb Space Telescope to...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:15 AM
The problem with giving poor people the choice to "cash out" of the welfare system is the number of opportunities it affords for even more abuses ("Escaping the rat maze of the welfare state," Jan. 13).
If recipients choose to take the cash, then lose...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 1:28 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley's final budget proposal leaves the state on a sounder fiscal footing than when he took office seven years ago. Though he will not bequeath his successor anything close to the hefty fund balance his predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.,...