Despite the intent that they would fund jobs and capital investments, the 2017 tax cuts have largely funded share buybacks, which hit a record $1.1 trillion in 2018. The big winners were corporations, large shareholders and top corporate executives.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous wants to move ahead on the State Center redevelopment project. Scott Sloofman, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan’s re-election campaign, said Jealous’ proposal is illegal.
Rep. Andy Harris wants House Republicans to use an upcoming debt ceiling deadline to force more fiscal restraint. And for the first time in his congressional career, the Baltimore County lawmaker could have considerable influence to make it happen.
WASHINGTON -- The two leading Democratic candidates for Maryland's open Senate seat, meeting for their first debate on Friday, clashed over their records and their vision for what kind of lawmaker would be best to replace Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski -- an outsider offering new perspective, or a veteran with experience getting legislation approved.
Last week, after the media hammered away at his lack of foreign policy expertise, Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's soaring ratings finally fell from frontrunner status. And this week, businessman Donald Trump's poll numbers took a dive for similar reasons. But should a foreign policy resume matter for a politician? Or even political experience?
It wasn't until the wee hours of Friday morning that Congress finally passed a two-year deal that staves off harsh spending reductions and averts a credit default, setting aside most of the big fights over the federal budget for the remainder of President Obama's term.
The turmoil over who will be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is only the latest sign of an institution noted for arguing instead of governing. But the political fights that are becoming a regular occurrence in Congress in recent years, most notably whether to shut down the government, are because of process, not personalities.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday the city was not as prepared as it should have been for the April riots and said her administration is taking additional steps to ready itself ahead of the trials of the six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Congress is expected to narrowly avoid a shutdown of the federal government on Wednesday — hours before the deadline — as lawmakers set up an even more intractable fight over spending at the end of the year.