| Aug 20, 2013
| 8:17 AM
There’s a lot to gain by giving in Howard County.
Each year, residents from across the county volunteer their time, doing everything from helping young readers pick out library books and driving seniors to doctors appointments to stocking...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 8:00 AM
If you are an individual seeking government assistance of any kind, you represent all that is wrong with this great country. If, on the other hand, you are a corporation seeking government welfare, you are what makes America great. Let's see how that...
| Jul 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Attempting to narrow America's immigration debate down to an easily understood set of issues is no easy task. But that's why The Sun pays me the big bucks. So, with no further caveats, I offer comprehensive immigration reform in 800 words, more or less....
| Mar 31, 2013
At an age when many workers are thinking about winding down their careers, Victoria Baldassano of Silver Spring says she can't afford to give retirement a thought.
The part-time English professor at Montgomery College said her income has been too low for...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 3:52 PM
The pension system for most city workers has nearly $700 million in unfunded liabilities, according to an audit released Wednesday.
In contrast, the smaller system for elected officials — who contribute to their pensions — is in strong...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 9:09 PM
Here's what Molly McGrath Tierney, director of social services in Baltimore, has been thinking about: tearing down the foster care system, as we know it, and building something new that, among other things, might make ours a less violent city in the years...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 6:17 PM
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has his first challengers for this fall's election.
Two Republicans have announced they're running for mayor: Bob O'Shea and Mike Pantelides.
"I am not letting Josh cakewalk into the mayor's position," said O'Shea, a...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 7:23 PM
Baltimore residents will pay less in property taxes but more in stormwater and taxi fees under a $2.4 billion budget approved by the City Council on Monday.
The cut will reduce the property tax payments on a home valued at $200,000 by about $140. But...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 4:54 PM
Two key budgetary measures are headed to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's desk after the City Council gave final approval Monday to new storm water fees and a pension overhaul.
The new storm water fees will cost homeowners between $40 and $120 a year....
| Jun 18, 2013
| 1:28 PM
The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners unanimously voted against a budget amendment Monday that would have put $55,000 in savings from a recent capital project toward the town employee pension funds, which are short by more than $100,000 for the 2013...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 10:00 AM
In passing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's budget Monday night, City Council members said they hoped the whole thing would be more or less a wash for Baltimore residents. Property taxes are going down, but new fees are coming to pay for stormwater...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 3:10 AM
Bel Air town officials have an opportunity to put at least $50,000 into their employees' pension funds, if the town commissioners approve a resolution to amend the budget for the 2013 fiscal year during Monday's town meeting..