Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The state comptroller told PTA officials they had been violating tax law by not collecting sales tax.
Local chapters of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in Maryland will now have to start collecting sales tax during fundraisers after the state comptroller's office told officials that PTAs had been violating tax law. Whenever a local school’s PTA hosted a bake sale or magazine fundraiser in the past, the organization usually charged a flat fee since the hosts usually already paid retail tax on the items. However, that is now going to change due to the comptroller’s interpretation of Maryland tax law, said Maryland PTA president-elect Ray Leone. Do you believe PTAs should be required to collect sales tax? Tell us in comments. Following the comptroller’s announcement, the more than 900 PTAs in Maryland will need to start collecting sales …
Friday, May 4, 2012
State Senator Joe Getty questioned the ethics and fiscal responsibility of a lawsuit Carroll County commissioners and delegates filed against the state over legislative redistricting.
At a special joint meeting Thursday between Carroll County's state representatives and the Carroll County commissioners, Sen. Joe Getty said the county can't sue the state and then questioned use of county tax dollars to do so. Carroll County recently filed a lawsuit against the state of Maryland, citing that parts of Carroll County won't be properly represented in the state under Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative redistricting plan. Under the new plan, Sykesville and part of Eldersburg would be represented by a Howard County delegate and portions of Mount Airy would be represented by a Frederick County delegate. A portion of the lawsuit reads, "The cross-jurisdictional districts created by the Governor's plan was unnecesary and arbitrary…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
A Prince George's County Democrat introduced two pieces of legislation in the General Assembly that would require more collaboration between homeschool families and public schools.
Although the Carroll County Board of Education has not taken an official position on two homeschool-related bills introduced in the General Assembly, public schools superintendent Steve Guthrie said he doesn't think the bills are likely to become law. And one local homeschool advocate dismissed both bills, calling one an attempt to "buy out" homeschool families. The homeschooling legislation introduced by Del. Tiffany Alston (D-Prince George's) would extend some additional benefits to families who educate their children at home in exchange for complying with additional oversight requirements. "My concern is that this legislation would blur the clear lines that exist now between homeschooled students and children enrolled in public school…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Two of Carroll County's commissioners object to "attack on the middle class" and State Delegate Justin Ready agrees.
This article was updated at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 with Delegate Justin Ready's comments at the end. Commissioners Richard Rothschild and Robin Frazier encouraged Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) members to take a position against a bill that would require counties to collect what Rothschild calls a "driveway tax." The bill, HB 987/SB614, would require counties to place a tax or fees on residential impervious surfaces like concrete and asphalt, and stormwater management projects. Rothschild reported at Thursday's open Board of Carroll County Commissioners meeting that there was a heated discussion over the bill at the MACO meeting in Annapolis on Wednesday. "This is at attack on the middle class, an attack on detached single family…
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Lengthy debate expect, amendments, expected Thursday.
The Maryland Senate has delayed its vote on same-sex marriage legislation until Thursday. The 47 legislators had planned to take up the bill, which was passed Friday by the House of Delegates, during its Thursday morning session. The opponents said the procedural delay would allow them time to seek an opinion from the attorney general on several amendments as well as prepare additional amendments that could be offered Thursday. One amendment, offered by Sen. Edward Reilly, an Anne Arundel County Republican, would allow the law to go into effect on October 1—thus removing an amendment by Del. Wade Kach, a Baltimore County Republican, that set the effective date as January 1, 2013. "It may look like a placebo but this is really a poison pill…
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Two of Carroll County's state delegates want the definition of marriage in Maryland to remain "one man and one woman."
Thursday, February 9, 2012
By Tom McParland Capital News Service Gov. Martin O’Malley said earlier this week on MSNBC that he hopes a federal appeals court decision repealing a California ban on same-sex marriage “will have a persuasive influence on those delegates who are still open-minded” in Maryland. But Carroll County Delegates Justin Ready and Donald Elliott told Patch this week that they want the state to continue to recognize marriage as being between a man and a woman. "I support preserving the definition of marriage as it is currently, one man and one woman,” Ready said in an email to Patch. “I have nothing against people who want to share their lives together, but the institution of marriage is unique in human history. I believe we have a vested interest…
Friday, January 13, 2012
Two Carroll County representatives speak out against the idea of tax increases.
Friday, January 13, 2012
By DAVE NYCZEPIR Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS - Maryland's 430th General Assembly session convened Wednesday, promising more than a few tough votes in the coming weeks as Gov. Martin O'Malley's agenda may call for raising the state's sales or gas taxes. Several of Carroll County's representatives weighed in on the tax hike discussion, saying it's a bad idea. A tax increase would generate the revenue needed to fund many of O'Malley's job creation initiatives and help address the $1 billion budget deficit the legislature faces in its $14 billion operating budget. O'Malley is toying with the idea of raising the state sales tax by 1 cent to 7 cents, but will consult with General Assembly leaders before deciding, said the governor during an …