| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:49 AM
At first glance, it would be tempting to condemn the bipartisan budget agreement announced late Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, if only because it asks further sacrifice of the unemployed and of federal workers. Those are hardly the two...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 10:27 AM
Well, so much for the return of reason to the Congressional budget debate.
Even before the ink was dry on the bipartisan agreement that is supposed to stabilize the budget debate for the next two years — and before the Senate has even voted on the...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:44 PM
A bipartisan budget deal aimed at calming debates over U.S. fiscal policy for the next two years cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate, reducing the risks of another government shutdown and spending cuts that would have had an outsized impact in...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 5:24 PM
Anne Arundel County Interim School Superintendent Mamie Perkins this week unveiled a $1.04 billion operating budget proposal for the next fiscal year, calling for 75 new positions throughout the school system and $5.8 million to open a new contract...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 12:30 PM
A reader recently expressed concern over the federal deficit and faults the Democrats for failing to come to grips with entitlements ("Republicans aren't to blame for Washington gridlock," Dec. 20). He describes the state of our federal budget as a free...
| 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...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 10:44 AM
The nation's debt ceiling is back in the news this week and for all the old, familiar reasons. By month's end, it will need to be raised or the U.S. Treasury will run out of money to pay the country's outstanding bills, and House Republicans are once...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 9:32 PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Maryland knew that beating Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena Monday night might be its most challenging task since going up to Pittsburgh last month.
The Cavaliers hadn’t lost a game in nearly a month and had won its...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 11:21 AM
With Tuesday's decision to bring to a vote an increase in the nation's debt limit without any conditions, House Speaker John Boehner reasserted himself as the pivotal figure in a badly divided Washington. He demonstrated again that he is able and...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 1:25 PM
Topics ranging from the minimum wage to legal marijuana, and from the state's budget to an artificial turf field on the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County are expected to come before the General Assembly when the 434th session...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 8:21 PM
Maryland has taken the best shot from a number of teams this season. In the early part of the schedule, it was Oregon State and Boston University at home. Last week, it was Pittsburgh on the road.
Then came Sunday night, when Florida State's best shot...