IT IS ALL MARKETING AND MOST OF IT IS NOT TRUE. IF YOU RECEIVED THE LIONS-SHARE OF FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL REVENUE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT YOU WOULD HAVE THE BREAKTHROUGHS HOPKINS HAS.
The taxes paid by the citizens of Baltimore has gone to build corporate 'anchors' that maximize their profits by selling to the rich overseas and using citizens as human capital. Below you see a great assessment of Hopkins a decade ago and this past decade has seen such a level of fraud and corruption all leading to Hopkins' profits. This article does a great job showing not only how Hopkins' refusal to pay taxes harms the city but it refusal to pay Living Wages and have benefits sends many of its workers to social services for taxpayer subsidy for food and health care.
Dominance of the Johns Hopkins
Institutions in the Baltimore Economy
from Putting Baltimore's People First (2004)
If increasing low service sector wages is to be the engine of a responsible economic development plan, the plan must begin by examining the critical role of the employer that has the most profound impact on Baltimore's private-sector economy: the Johns Hopkins Institutions. As the largest private employer in the state of Maryland, with over 46,00 employees in 2002, the Johns Hopkins Institutions have surpassed and replaced Bethlehem Steel and other manufacturing industries as the economic powerhouse of Baltimore's new economy.
According to a report commissioned by Hopkins, the non-profit Johns Hopkins Institutions -- comprised of Johns Hopkins University, the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, and other post-graduate institutions, as well as the Johns Hopkins and Health System -- generate over $7 billion in business statewide: one of every 28 dollars in the Maryland economy.
The Hopkins Institutions are among the most "profitable" of all private institutions in Maryland, both non-profit and for-profit. The Hopkins Institutions earned a combined income of over $200 million in the 2002 fiscal year. Their unparalleled renown in research and medical care attracts more grant funding than any other academic institution: $1.4 billion in 2002, more than twice the amount of the second-highest ranking recipient.
From the National Institutes of Health alone, Hopkins received $510 million in 2002, nearly $100 million more than the second-highest recipient [University of Pennsylvania, $418,546,510; University of Washington, $405,729,042; University of California at SF, $365,364,909; Washington University, $343,792,077] of NIH grants.
The Hopkins Institutions also regularly attract the nation's top doctors and medical students, having earned Hopkins Hospital the top spot in US News and World Report's annual hospital rankings for 13 years in a row.
The Hopkins Institutions' non-profit status does not come without a cost. As Baltimore struggles with a dwindling tax base, the City's charitable institutions, and Hopkins in particular, generate an ever greater portion of overall income -- and these institutions are exempt from taxes. Within Baltimore City alone, Hopkins Institutions own $505 million worth of tax-exempt property, according to current tax assessments.
Were these properties subject to taxation, Hopkins would have to pay $12 million a year in property taxes to the City. Instead, the burden of paying for schools and other services falls on the rest of Baltimore's residents and businesses.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Johns Hopkins Hospital plays an enormous role in both the Hopkins universe and the local economy. Johns Hopkins Hospital generated over $40 million in net operating income for the system as a whole in 2002, more than double the amount it earned the year before, and its total fund balances (net worth) grew $110 million for the five years ending in fiscal year 2002, to a total of $380 million.
As a non-profit entity, the hospital is obliged to reinvest those earnings in the community which it serves.
In comparison to other hospitals, however, Johns Hopkins Hospital devotes a much smaller percentage of its care to local residents. According to the Hopkins report . . . nearly one quarter of all Johns Hopkins Hospital's total revenue came from out-of-state patients, compared to just 4% at Bayview Medical Center and just over 2% at Howard County General Hospital, both components of the Johns Hopkins Health System.
Indirect Funding: Hidden Subsidies
As noted above, a substantial number of Hopkins Hospital service workers are eligible for public assistance while working full-time at the hospital. Thus public assistance to full-time workers is a hidden government subsidy to the hospital, supplementing the low wages it pays to its service employees. As the chart below shows, Hopkins and other Baltimore hospitals shift the burden of wage payments into the community at large
Shifting the Burden of Low Wages
A Hopkins Hospital environmental service worker who earns an annual income of $20,800 a year ($10/hour) while supporting two children, qualifies for the following public assistance programs:
Public Assistance Program Annual Cost to Taxpayers
Maryland Child Care and Development Fund $2,853.37
Federal CCDF expenditures $8,222.12
Maryland Children's Health Program $498.00
Baltimore City public Schools Reduced Price Meal Program $1,222.00
Women, Infants, and Children Program
(if pregnant, nursing, or has an infant child) $770.25
Total Annual Costs to Taxpayers Per Worker $13,570.74
America's Leading Hospital Is No Wage Leader
Johns Hopkins Hospital employs far more workers than any other hospital in the City. Including Hopkins Bayview Hospital, Johns Hospital medical institutions account for 35 percent of the city's hospital workforce. [Bon Secours 2%; Maryland General 4%; Harbor 5%; Mercy 6%; Good Samaritan, 7%; St. Agnes 8%; Union Memorial, 8%; Sinai 8%; University of Maryland 11%]
Hopkins thus has the greatest influence over wage rates among Baltimore hospital employers. Yet Hopkins Hospital is not the wage leader among Baltimore hospitals.
[Compared to wages paid by University of Maryland Medical Systems and Prince Georges Hospital Center, Hopkins 2003 Wages comes in 3rd for the positions of Maintenance Mechanic (slightly above $18/hour), Nursing Aide (less than $14/hour), File Clerk (less than $12/hour); Environmental Service Worker ($10/hour); Dietary Aide (less than $10/hour)]
Despite the millions it earns in net income, Johns Hopkins Hospital directs only a small portion of its tax-exempt earnings toward raising the wages of its most poorly paid employees. Despite Hopkins' robust growth and profitability, the wages it pays its employees fall well behind the wages paid to service and maintenance employees at a number of other private Maryland hospitals.
In many job classifications, Hopkins Hospital's average base wage rates rank in the bottom half of all Maryland acute care hospitals. many of the hospitals leading Hopkins in wages are also located in Baltimore, and earn far less in net operating revenue than Johns Hopkins.
Hopkins service and maintenance employee wage policies are clearly independent of the hospital's ability to pay. Hopkins simply chooses not to pay.
The result of that choice is a longstanding wage stagnation for all Baltimore health care workers. Other employers don't have to pay middle-class wages if Johns Hopkins does not.
Higher Wages in Hospitals' Interest
Henry Ford realized early in his career the self-interest employers have in paying their workers fairly: besides providing labor, employees make up much of the industry's consumer base. Ford could not expect to sell cars if his own workers were not paid enough to afford one of their own.
Baltimore's hospitals could learn from this example.
Johns Hopkins, geographically, serves a community with enormous needs for health care services, yet without sufficient means to pay for them.
[Baltimore area residents spent an average of $4,252 on health care, compared to $3,532 for those in the national capital area. Low wage workers, who are heavily concentrated in Baltimore, are far less likely to receive fully-paid health insurance from their employers. Few low-wage workers can afford to pay for private health insurance. . . . The rate of increase of out-of pocket health care expenses for Maryland residents continue to rise -- There are 550,000 Marylanders who are without any form of health insurance.]
Nationwide, predominantly minority minority and low-income neighborhoods such as East Baltimore, where the Hopkins medical campus is located, have some of the highest rates of asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV-related illnesses.
Baltimore area residents already spend more on health care than residents of other regions in Maryland. When they cannot afford health coverage, however, many are either forced to rely on charity care, at great cost to the hospital, or forego care entirely until their situation is dire, at great cost to the entire community.
Better wages would go directly into the community Hopkins serves, resulting in increased utilization of health services, a shift in reliance from emergency facilities to preventive medicine, and a greater number of privately insured patients, improving the hospital's payor mix.
Additionally higher wages decrease employee turnover and cut down on training costs, allowing for a more stable workforce to provide hospital services. Workforce stability is of great importance for patient care. Studies show that patient satisfaction and employee satisfaction at hospitals go hand in hand.
A Matter of Public Policy
Raising hospital workers' wages needs to become more than an issue of employer responsibility to Baltimore. It needs to become a matter of public policy, as well, if only to prevent the further deterioration of the communities in which health industry employers like Johns Hopkins and other hospitals operate.
Bold and visionary leadership is needed to compel trend-setting employers like Johns Hopkins to pay self-sufficiency wages, at the very least, to the workers they employ.
If the influence of such leadership is not brought to bear on Baltimore hospitals, these hospitals and the service sector employers that compete with them for labor will only continue to pay wages so low as to force their employees to rely on public assistance, creating additional burdens for a city that already lacks sufficient resources.
If leading Baltimore hospitals like Johns Hopkins are encouraged to raise their wages to self-sufficient wages levels, the rising incomes and spending power of Baltimore service workers will be harnessed as a major engine of economic growth and development that will contribute to meeting the human needs of Baltimore families, local businesses, and struggling communities of our city.
Source: Putting Baltimore's People First: Keys to Responsible Economic Development of Our City (2004). For your copy contact: District 1199E-DC, SEIU, AFL-CIO / 611 N. Eutaw Street, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21217 / 410.332.1199 / 202.328.0321 / Fax: 410.332.1291
In an third world economy the 1% rich scheme for ways to raise revenue while keeping the population in poverty. As you saw above----when the entire corporate sector in Baltimore is not paying taxes----someone must! So, in comes the waving flag to immigrant labor. Neo-cons and neo-liberals only see immigrants as means to exploit for profit---not because they are progressive open-armed do-gooders. We all know the amount of taxes paid below would be the same had a Baltimore citizen been hired. The difference is a citizen has workplace rights and can charge the corporation stealing their wages with theft while undocumented workers do not. Republican voters who think these policies are good for the economy are not looking at the big picture. As we see in Baltimore, if people are left unemployed they cannot fuel the economy with consumption----if they earn too little they cannot fuel the economy with consumption. This gives Baltimore an economy where Baltimore City Hall actually subsidizes the global corporations downtown because they are going out of business from lack of customers. Small businesses cannot survive and that hits the small business Republicans. The NEW WORLD ORDER will have global corporations controlling all so Republican small businesses and Republican voters will join the democratic base of labor and justice in being that sweat shop labor.
VERY FEW CLIMB THE ECONOMIC LADDER IN A SWEAT SHOP ECONOMY! IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY STUFF FOLKS.
For Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Development this is fine----they are soaking up wealth and see the future of the city 40 years from now with sweat shop factories enslaving those people now left unemployed for decades providing even more cheap labor. They don't care-----the money is coming from overseas. THIS IS WHAT A BANANA REPUBLIC LOOKS LIKE.
When we have a thriving domestic economy as happens with economies driven by small and regional businesses fueled by workers who earn enough to purchase----EVERYBODY WINS! THERE ARE PLENTY OF JOBS FOR BOTH BALTIMORE AND IMMIGRANT WORKERS! Johns Hopkins gets to bring in profits too as local workers can afford health care.
STOP ALLOWING GLOBAL CORPORATE CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS AND BUSH NEO-CONS USE PEOPLE AS HUMAN CAPITAL -----
April 18, 2011
Study: Md. immigrants pay $275M in taxes
Illegal immigrants in Maryland will pay $275 million in state and local taxes this year, according to a study released Monday by a Washington group that advocates for immigrants. The report ranks Maryland as the 11th-highest state in the nation in collecting tax receipts from unauthorized immigrants.
Maryland comes in after California, Florida and New York but ahead of Nevada and New Mexico. The state will collect $76 million in state income taxes, $22 million in property taxes and $177 million in sales taxes in the 2010 tax year, according to the Immigration Policy Center study.
As we wonder why we are seeing all these new ways of taxing people on the rise----it is the loss of income tax as all wages go to poverty and the rich pay no income tax. It will not matter how poor people get---they will come for your assets. Immigrants already are paid at the lowest tier----then they have wages stolen-----and yet, you can be sure the taxes taken out will be from that pre-theft total.
The other side of immigrant wages as regards taxation is the pushing to independent contractor so many employees who have no way to pay all those taxes a business should be paying. So, all of the matching funds to Medicare and Social Security that a corporation would pay is not paid when a low-wage employee is made an independent contractor. Our entire Medicare and Social Security Trusts have been depleted by this one fraud===independent contractor designation.
Isn't it odd that Republicans want immigrants to pay all back taxes when the Southern Republican states are the biggest on under-the-table off the books wages? Maryland Assembly passed a law that sounded progressive to protect against wage theft but Maryland does not have a Department and Labor, Licensing, and Regulation or a public justice system that enforces laws! If the FEDs don't find it----no one will be looking for it!
This is why taxes are climbing for the rest of Marylanders-----corporations are evading taxes every which way and leaving citizens unable to purchase to stimulate the economy.
'Wage theft' prevails in post-recession economy
Elvira Orellana, 41, from El Salvador, sits on the couch at her home in Salisbury, Md. Orellana sued her former boss at a convenient store in Princess Anne, Md., for violations of fair act wages and labor laws, later winning a judgement of $18,000.
(Gabriella Demczuk, Baltimore Sun) By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun
Behind the counter at a convenience store in Princess Anne, Elvira Orellana worked 72 hours a week, making sandwiches, cleaning the kitchen and ordering the ingredients to prepare oxtail, curry chicken and cheese steaks.
Her employer paid her $648 a week — $324 less than she was owed under laws that require that workers earn time and a half for clocking more than 40 hours a week. When she complained, Orellana said, her boss threatened to cut her wages and then fired her.
Orellana's case, which she won in federal court, illustrates a problem that historically has been more pronounced in the wake of recessions. Since the most recent downturn, worker advocates and law enforcement officials say, a growing number of employers have violated wage and labor laws enacted 75 years ago in response to worker mistreatment prevalent during the Depression.
Employers in this floundering economy have increasingly denied workers benefits and mandatory overtime pay, according to worker advocates. Some have doctored time sheets and even failed to pay minimum wage. The practice is widespread in low-wage jobs such as waiting tables or cleaning hotel rooms but has been bleeding into middle-class professions, they say.
And studies show that victims can lose up to 20 percent of their earnings due to what those advocates call "wage theft."
Lawsuits alleging wage and labor law violations have skyrocketed, and state and federal officials have beefed up scrutiny. The U.S. Department of Labor has hired 300 more investigators. Maryland's labor department formed a new unit dedicated to wage law enforcement. And state lawmakers are drafting legislation to provide new protections to cheated workers.
The business community has opposed some legislative measures but contends that it supports strong enforcement of the laws because by underpaying employees scofflaws introduce false competition into the market. Business groups also say recession and its lingering effects left many employers, especially mom-and-pop operations, cutting back while struggling to stay in business.
Tallying the extent of wage law violations is difficult. Many workers are grateful to have work in a tight job market and too scared to speak up, said Catherine Ruckelshaus, legal co-director of the National Employment Law Project.
Speaking up can be "job suicide," Ruckelshaus said. "There are 10 people waiting in line to take your job. Oftentimes, workers grin and bear it."
Orellana, a native of El Salvador, said she didn't speak up for months, wary of someone taking advantage of her as an immigrant. But then she learned about her rights by asking questions of a fellow churchgoer with connections to the Baltimore-based Legal Aid Bureau, which eventually represented her.
"I felt completely desperate," Orellana, 41, said through a translator. She recalled that a friend encouraged her to fight. "She told me not to be quiet, to learn to defend myself, to keep going forward, to not be afraid."
The Salisbury woman won an $18,000 civil judgment for unpaid overtime in U.S. District Court, but the judge found that she had failed to prove a claim of retaliation.
Representatives of her former employer, Cienna Properties LLC, did not respond to requests for comment.
Aggrieved workers can take their cases either to law enforcement or to civil court.
The number of lawsuits alleging employer violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act has more than tripled in the past decade, according to an annual study released by Seyfarth Shaw, a law firm that specializes in labor and employment law. More than 7,000 lawsuits were filed from March 2011 to March 2012, up from 2,035 for the same period in 2002.
Meanwhile, U.S. Labor Department investigators collected more than $280 million in back wages last year, nearly $100million more than investigators recovered four years earlier as the recession was getting under way. More than two dozen federal investigators based in Baltimore, who oversee a multistate region, recovered $8.7million in wages last year, compared with $7.1million in 2008.
"We're here to make sure the people in the states of Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia are getting paid, getting paid properly, legally and on time — when it's payday," said Mark Lara, district director for the Baltimore office. "That's an extremely important job in my opinion, and my staff understands that."
Maryland investigators, who have lesser enforcement powers than federal counterparts, recovered nearly $3.7 million in lost wages over the past five years, including a high of more than $884,000 in 2011. The state has also teamed up with the federal government, coordinating efforts and sharing information to take a more active role in uncovering wage and labor law violations.
The U.S. Labor Department has launched an initiative to crack down on businesses that wrongly classify employees as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime and benefits, and has signed an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to share information to stop worker misclassification.
But Ruckelshaus, of the National Employment Law Project, said more needs to be done. If current laws were better enforced, employers would be forced to hire more workers and the jobless rate would fall, she said.
Workers should not be forced to "shoulder the burden of a weak economy without extra pay," Ruckelshaus wrote in a recent column for her organization's blog that was also featured on the AFL-CIO website.
The home health and hospitality industries as well as construction and retail are "rife with wage-theft violations," Ruckelshaus said. The same industries are harbingers of an economic recovery, so employment law violations can stall the economy's ability to recover, she said.
Misclassifying workers as independent contractors can save employers up to 30percent on payroll costs, said Sally Dworak-Fisher, an attorney with the Public Justice Center who leads its Workplace Justice Project. The practice also costs the government in lost taxes.
Independent contractors are generally exempt from wage and labor laws. Employers who rely on such contractors can save on the cost of paying workers' compensation and contributing to unemployment insurance in addition to avoiding paying overtime and benefits.
"That's one prevalent form of modern day wage theft — just call everybody an LLC," Dworak-Fisher said.
Dworak-Fisher said businesses are also using staffing agencies and labor brokers to "lease" workers as independent contractors. The idea is that employers hire those workers for sustained periods without giving them a commitment by providing benefits and job security. It's a typical practice on construction sites and in hotels, she said.
"Workers will come to us and say, 'I was just rented.' It's pretty disturbing," Dworak-Fisher said. "We also see where employers will say, 'I can't afford to raise prices for my customers or my clients, so you need to just make this work.'"
Muriel Peters, 54, of Gaithersburg worked 119 hours every two weeks as a certified nursing assistant, bathing, feeding and cleaning up after an elderly woman in her home. She alleged that her employer, Esther Guy, owner of Early Healthcare Giver, misclassified her as an independent contractor rather than a full-time employee.
In a lawsuit, Peters alleged that Guy regularly failed to pay her on time and avoided paying her overtime because of the misclassification, costing her more than $1,400 a month. She also alleged that Guy inflated her earnings reported to the IRS to account for other off-the-books salaries, which caused her daughter to become ineligible for financial aid.
The Court of Special Appeals found that Peters was not exempt from earning overtime pay but did not rule on the tax allegation. A lower court is expected to determine this spring whether Peters is entitled to recover lost earnings, and if so, how much.
Guy denied the allegations in court filings. In the most recent filing, Kevin M. Tabe withdrew as her attorney and said Guy is "no longer in business." Guy did not respond to requests for comment.
Peters, who is represented by the Public Justice Center, said she feels as if many of the hours she worked were in vain. She has considered taking out a second mortgage to help pay her bills.
"Sometimes I don't sleep," Peters said.
Alexandra Rosenblatt, an attorney for the Public Justice Center, said rampant worker misclassification led to the General Assembly's passage of the Workplace Fraud Act in 2009, which established the enforcement unit at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. But the new unit was limited to looking into landscaping and construction companies.
Rosenblatt said advocates plan to lobby in Annapolis to expand the Workplace Fraud Act to include industries such as home health care workers. The group is also backing legislation to create a wage lien law that would freeze the sale of an employer's property in bankruptcy proceedings to enable workers to collect back pay.
Often, employers who commit violations hide assets or file for bankruptcy to avoid paying for work performed, Rosenblatt said. Or they will close the company and reopen under a new name, she said.
Fiona Ong, who co-chairs the employment issues committee for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, said companies that violate wage laws put law-abiding businesses at a competitive disadvantage while making it harder for themselves to retain workers. She also said that some businesses inadvertently violate the law while trying to manage financial pressures in the recovering economy.
This economy "requires employers to do more with less, and I think they recognize that's happening; it's a real struggle for everyone," said Ong, an employment law attorney with Baltimore-based Shawe Rosenthal LLC. "Every employer I deal with wants to have a workforce that is stable and efficient but one that is loyal to the employer. You're not going to have that if you demand too much from your employee without compensating them for it."
Ong cautioned against the passage of more laws to deal with violators. Putting more requirements on businesses, especially smaller ones, could "force them into an untenable financial situation," she said.
'We didn't willfully cheat'
Donald Sloat, 59, of Frederick said he spent 22 years at Hill Enterprises Inc., working his way up from carpenter to project engineer for the cabinetmaker, but quit after his boss stopped paying him in 2010. The Gaithersburg company, which eventually declared bankruptcy, often asked him to wait to cash paychecks or issued checks late, he said.
He said the company owes him $17,000 in unpaid wages and vacation time, but he doesn't expect to recoup the money.
The company filed for bankruptcy within days of Sloat's filing a complaint with state authorities. While he was listed as a creditor in bankruptcy filings, along with other employees, the company exhausted its remaining assets paying other creditors, according to an attorney for Hill Enterprises.
Philip J. McNutt, a Washington attorney who represented the couple who owned Hill Enterprises, said A. James and Rayola Hill suffered personal financial ruin trying to keep their business open.
Rayola Hill said that she and her husband ran their custom cabinet business for 45 years and that losing the company was painful. Hill said their company worked as subcontractor and ran out of money when contractors failed to pay them. In turn, she said, their company could not pay its workers. The cash-flow problem was worsened because their products were custom-made and could not be easily sold to other clients.
"We lost everything," Hill said. "We didn't willfully cheat anybody. We did everything we could. We pumped every dollar into it that we shouldn't have. We didn't look out for ourselves even when the attorney told us to."
McNutt warned that a wage-lien law could backfire. If more senior creditors do not get repaid because assets are awarded to former employees first, banks could tighten lending and small businesses might be forced to hire fewer workers, he said.
Sloat said he plans to lobby in Annapolis for added worker protections.
With his paycheck coming inconsistently — or not at all — for about six months, Sloat said, he resorted to selling his comic book collection from the 1960s and his wife's teddy bear from John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign. When that wasn't enough, Sloat asked his elderly parents for help. He's unable to help pay college tuition for his 22-year-old daughter, who is working as a waitress.
"I feel stupid for staying as long as I did, thinking they would live up to their promises," said Sloat, who has found full-time work but at a lower salary.
I attended the Maryland Assembly sessions this year for the first time and I will shout out---if you want to know what is happening with your pols go to the source because all that comes out to the public is SPIN. The Assembly has a legislative services department that provides data on policy that is the best you can get in a state known to juke all stats. What was clear this year is revenue collection is down as wages for Maryland citizens is down as employment is down. Yet, all you hear ----the economy is growing, jobs are being created, and the state is Moving Forward! Actually the state, as the nation never exited the recession and we are stagnant in all measures.
When you are bringing the US to third world status you cannot report wealth data as it actually exits----you have to make it appear living standards are the same as they dive to the bottom. That is why the Federal government uses measures of wealth from the 1960s as regards cost of living etc and it is why measures of wealth are looking at household income and not per capita! Two people working in a household make the income look higher. Either way you look at it----Maryland has plenty of revenue-----it just allows it to go to only a few people!
Below you see Baltimore vs Montgomery County. Baltimore City Hall awards bids to corporations headquartered in Montgomery County and Howard County---the two wealthiest while all of our small businesses die with Hopkins as the major employer.....all of this boosts tax revenue for those counties while Baltimore City's revenue declines. This is been the case for decades. Look as well at household wealth vs per capita----we used to state income wealth per capita and now it is household wealth because it is taking two people in Montgomery County to earn as much as one did----and in Baltimore City---where there are more households with people not working at all----the household income becomes father, mother, and working child.
LIVING WAGE CALCULATIONS FROM 2010 CENSUS HAS AN INDIVIDUAL AT POVERTY LINE EARNING $30,000 AND A FAMILY OF 4 EARNING $58,000 AT POVERTY LINE SO LOOK AT MONTGOMERY COUNTY WITH $48, 357----THAT IS NOT MUCH ABOVE THE POVERTY LINE. LOOK AT HOUSEHOLD INCOME AND POPULATION AND YOU CAN SEE A WORKING CHILD. Baltimore City with per capita income of $23,333 has most people in poverty and households having extended families.
CONDITIONS ARE STRIKINGLY DIFFERENT FROM WHEN PER CAPITA HAD ONE PERSON EARNING $60-80,000. Below these stats you see the revenue falling is from lack of wages and taxes paid ------and not the Federal cuts as they claim.
Maryland is the richest state in the United States of America, with a median household income of $69,272 according to the 2010 census.
Per capita income was $25,615 in 2000 and personal per capita income was $37,331 in 2003.
A household consists of one or more people who live in the same dwelling and also share at meals or living accommodation, and may consist of a single family or some other grouping of people.
Per Capita Income/Per Household Income/ Population Total/Household Total
2 Montgomery $48,357 $95,660 1,004,709 355,434
22 Baltimore City $23,333 $39,386 620,961 249,903
Below you see how the game is played by Bush and Clinton global corporate pols-----blame each other as global corporations kill small businesses, stagnate our economy, and drive worker's wages to third world.
THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE ECONOMY. RAISING TAXES IS ABOUT REPLACING REVENUE LOST BY NOT TAXING CORPORATIONS AND THE RICH!
Maryland cuts revenue expectations by $405 million
Two-year forecast points to weak gains in jobs, income, housingSeptember 25, 2014|By Michael Dresser | The Baltimore Sun
Maryland is now facing a $405 million revenue shortfall over this year and next, largely the result of sluggish job growth, stagnant incomes and a weak housing market, state officials reported Wednesday.
Five years after the official end of the recession, Maryland continues to confront fiscal trouble. This latest shortfall will force Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration and the General Assembly to make deeper cuts than previously expected to balance the state's roughly $40 billion budget.
"Another year has passed, and ordinary families and small businesses haven't even recovered to where they were before the financial collapse, much less made up for the wages they've lost," Comptroller Peter Franchot said. "We need to recognize that hope is not an economic strategy."
The state's revenue picture is fraught with political implications, as the latest report landed less than six weeks before the Nov. 4 election when Republican Larry Hogan will face Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown to replace term-limited O'Malley.
Hogan has made the state's economy under O'Malley the main issue in his campaign.
"Today's report is utterly devastating and confirms what we have been saying, that Martin O'Malley and Anthony Brown have taxed and spent our economy into the ground. Overtaxed Marylanders are earning less, small-business profits are disappearing and people have less to spend on goods and services," Hogan said in statement.
Brown's camp defended the administration's fiscal stewardship in a statement from campaign manager Justin Schall.
"After years of hard work recovering from the Bush recession while maintaining a AAA bond rating, it's disappointing that Republican Larry Hogan would continue to root for bad economic news to further his own political career," Schall said. "We will do what all Maryland families do when faced with hardship. We will tighten our belts and make do with less."
The state has been wrestling with a long-term revenue shortfall — known in Annapolis as the structural deficit — for more than a decade. The O'Malley administration took steps to close it with a series of tax increases in 2007, only to lose most of the revenue gains it made to the recession that hit in 2008.
Since the economy began recovering, the governor and General Assembly have chipped away at the structural deficit with budget cuts and further tax increases. The state came close to eliminating it entirely in 2013 but since then has failed to close the gap. Wednesday's write-down represents a setback in that effort.
With the latest economic forecasts, the Bureau of Revenue Estimates said the state will collect less revenue than previously expected. It lowered anticipated revenue in the current budget year that ends in June by $177 million and decreased its projection for the next fiscal year by $228 million.
Andrew M. Schaufele, director of the bureau, called the write-downs "very significant," though he noted they were not as large as those the state grappled with at the beginning of the recession.
Budget Secretary T. Eloise Foster a member of O'Malley's Cabinet, said the state will not need to seek more cuts this year. She noted the Board of Public Works cut $84 million in July because of an earlier write-down. Even with the latest revenue shortfall, she said, the state still has a cash balance of about $10 million.
"Even with this write-down, we remain in balance," she said.
O'Malley spokeswoman Nina Smith confirmed that the governor wants to see cuts in next year's budget rather than the current one. Smith said Thursday that it's not yet clear whether cuts will be necessary next year, as the revenue estimate could still change.
But Franchot, who sits on the three-member Board of Public Works with the governor and state treasurer, said it would be fiscally prudent to make further cuts this year, in case the economy takes an even worse turn.
"I don't see how it can be avoided," he said.
Democratic leaders in the General Assembly came down on the administration's side.
Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, who chairs the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, called the numbers a disappointment. But the Howard County Democrat said decisions should be left up to the next governor, who proposes the annual budget, instead of the board, which is authorized to make mid-year cuts when the General Assembly isn't in session.
He was adamant that when the General Assembly takes up the budget next year, only cuts would be on the table.
"There certainly won't be any new taxes, I can guarantee you that," he said.
House Speaker Michael E. Busch, an Annapolis Democrat, said Maryland is still in better shape than other states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. He noted that Virginia is considering tapping its rainy-day fund for the first time to deal with a nearly $900 million budget shortfall, while New Jersey has skipped pension fund payments the past two years.