| Apr 1, 2014
| 6:04 PM
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman released his capital budget for fiscal year 2015 on April 1, a $259.9 million spending program that he says prioritizes funding for schools, parks, water-quality improvements and expansion of a new intracounty broadband...
| May 5, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Recently we've seen a number of proposed federal budgets, all of which have partisan approaches. The following proposal is bipartisan, stressing two major themes echoed by our major political parties: serving human needs and saving federal dollars. A...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 5:25 PM
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman released his capital budget for fiscal year 2015 April 1, a $259.9 million spending program that prioritizes funding for schools, parks, water-quality improvements and expansion of a new intercounty broadband network....
| Apr 14, 2014
| 12:03 PM
City school officials facing a $31 million budget shortfall next year have proposed dipping into the system's rainy day fund to close the gap. But that's not what those dollars are supposed to be for. The whole point of setting aside emergency funds is to...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 1:39 PM
A quick review of the basics of money management at the county level in Maryland is generally worth pondering at this time of year.
The General Assembly may have set its spending policy for the fiscal year, which begins July 1, but the counties and...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The Columbia Association Board of Directors delivered few surprises last week when it met and passed the capital and operating budgets for the next two fiscal years.
In a Feb. 27 meeting that dragged late into the evening, the board was unanimous in its...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 4:23 AM
The Baltimore County Planning Board on Thursday gave its stamp of approval to the school board's $56.2 million capital budget request for fiscal year 2015, though it attached a caveat to a controversial school construction plan approved in the budget.
| Mar 11, 2014
Junior midfielder Kelly McPartland's three goals and two assists led the way for No. 2 Maryland, which led throughout the second half en route to a 12-10 win over host No. 3 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome on Monday night.
The win marks Maryland's 30th...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 6:16 PM
The Rawlings-Blake administration's efforts to slash Baltimore's long-term deficit has run into a bump — more than $100 million in new police, education and other expenses now expected over the next decade.
The school system is billing the city...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 11:21 AM
Senate Republicans blinked this week on the issue of unemployment benefits, but you can bet that their House counterparts won't be so easily swayed by compassion. At least that's what Democrats are counting on.
After legislation to resume long-term...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 11:54 AM
The term "structural deficit" seems to have crept into fairly common usage among some people who work in bureaucracies.
In Maryland state government, it has been part of the parlance for going on a dozen or more years. It rose to prominence when the...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 1:11 PM
In a couple of weeks, state legislators will gather in Annapolis for the annual circus that is the Maryland General Assembly's legislative session. Given that 2014 is also an election year, the show will be even more entertaining, or depressing, depending...