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Rascovar: Saving the Preakness and Pimlico’s future

Thanks to revenue from Maryland’s successful slots casinos, the state’s thoroughbred racing industry has seen a re-birth that hints at prosperity for the Free State’s billion-dollar horse industry in future decades. Breeders are returning to Maryland to take advantage of the huge jump in purse money fueled by slots proceeds. Off-track gambling revenue is rising. […]

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Paid Sick Leave Bills “Dead in the Water,” Hogan Says, Promising Veto

The paid sick leave bills making their way through the legislature “are dead on arrival” if they reach his desk, Gov. Larry Hogan declared Wednesday. He promised reporters “I will veto them immediately” because they have the potential to kill thousands of jobs and “are disastrous for our economy.” He called the legislation that has […]

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Md. retailers want online merchants to charge sales tax

Maryland retailers are again pushing for the state to collect sales taxes from online merchants not based in Maryland, helping them and potentially raising hundreds of millions for the state. Brick and mortar stores are struggling to compete with online sellers in other states; retail business interests testified in Annapolis on Wednesday in support of […]

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80,000 More Salaried Workers Could Get Overtime Pay Under Proposed Bill

A bill that would make 80,000 more salaried employees in Maryland eligible for overtime pay is not sitting well with business and nonprofit groups, whose salaried employees often work more than 40 hours a week. But the bill’s sponsor says companies have avoided paying overtime for decades by unfairly classifying hourly workers as salaried employees. […]

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Annual Corporate Filing Fee Would Be Raised Based on Company Assets

Maryland businesses have come out strongly against a proposed change in an annual corporate filing fee that would go from a flat fee structure to a progressive tax based on a company’s assets. The annual corporate filing fee is currently a flat fee of $300 in order to maintain the legal entity’s existence in the […]

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Businesses for and against paid sick leave bills

After four years of trying, many Maryland lawmakers predict this is the year a paid sick leave bill could pass both chambers. Identical bills are in play in the House, HB1, and Senate, SB230. At its Senate hearing, business representatives spoke for and against the legislation that mandates paid sick leave for all businesses with […]

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Major Overhaul of State Contracting Proposed, Along with Hundreds of Ghanges to Regulations

The Hogan administration has unveiled a major overhaul of how billions in state contracts are bid and awarded, along with a revamping of hundreds of regulations designed to making doing business in Maryland easier. Few of the changes have broad impact on the public at large, but they impact hundreds of state contractors and thousands […]

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Rascovar: PG hospital approval begins cure for county’s ailments

It took over three years to surmount the bureaucratic, regulatory and political hurdles but it finally looks like a half-billion-dollar, state-of-the-art regional medical center will rise slowly in populous Prince George’s County. It’s way overdue. For a county of 900,000 people, Prince George’s lacks a premier hospital. No wonder so many local residents go outside […]

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Opinion: New Prince George’s Hospital Needed, but Must Struggle for Patients

Referring to healthcare giant Aetna, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently said, “The health of the American people should not be used as bargaining chips to force the government to bend to one giant company’s will.” She could just as easily be talking about Prince George’s Hospital Center (PGHC). PGHC plans to replace its aging facility […]

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Opinion: On Howard Street Tunnel, Hogan tries, congressional delegation fails

If shippers can’t get their cargo in or out of a seaport quickly, what happens?   They route their cargo to a more efficient port and take jobs with them.  If you grasp this concept, then you will grasp Baltimore’s Howard Street railroad tunnel problem. In the logistics and transportation world, cargo-in-motion makes money.  Cargo at rest […]

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