Whether it is on a local scale as in Baltimore where all the revenue is going to city center....at a state level all the wealth is going to the Washington suburbs,.....remember the Transportation Trust that went empty? It was spent on transit in these wealthy counties and it is taxes on the middle/lower class of central and eastern Maryland that will replenish this fund again. STOP ELECTING THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS.....WE NEED LABOR AND JUSTICE RUNNING AGAINST INCUMBENT THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS!!
One doesn't have to look hard to know why Brown/Ulman is the ticket being pushed by Maryland's 1% and WYPR...he is a rampant Wall Street team player. There is not a public asset he won't privatize; no tax exemption for corporations for which he won't fight; no public partnership he won't enter in order to have the public and consumer pay for all the costs of doing business maximizing corporate profits. THAT IS WHY O'MALLEY AND RAWLINGS-BLAKE ARE HEADING NATIONAL AND IT IS WHY BROWN WILL BE THE ONE YOU HEAR ABOUT CONTINUALLY IN MARYLAND MEDIA.
Did you know that your Third Way corporate democrat voted not to audit or give oversight to business tax credits even though several government watchdogs have said they are rife with fraud? What about the States Attorney office and Doug Gansler....they have fraud all around them yet nothing is done and no shouting out for stronger fraud laws. Since it is the elected public official's duty to protect and serve the people they become complicit in these crimes they know are happening and ignoring....they are aiding and abetting. Think about the billions of dollars stolen each year in health fraud and then think about the cuts to health access in Maryland that is already killing people no longer able to get basic health service. That is aiding and abetting, but it appears to be pre-meditated homicide as well. These pols know the problem lies in theft and they know people are dying because of the laws denying care.....ergo, pre-meditation. WE WANT TO BE CLEAR, WHEN A GOVERNMENT SUSPENDS RULE OF LAW IT SUSPENDS STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS. The American people can and will recover these tens of TRILLIONs lost to fraud and tax evasion and we will prosecute those complicit in crime.
The latest affront to the citizens of Maryland is the Maryland legislator's bill that puts the government offices of Housing that will be moved to Prince Georges County in leasing status. We know that every level of government is doing this, from the Attorney's General offices, the Census people with offices in Harbor East for example, Public Works, now Housing. Each time a public building is given up the people lose more and more of its public assets and become renters to developers who exist only to defraud and profit. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE GOOD PUBLIC POLICY? ANTHONY BROWN/O'MALLEY, AND RAWLINGS-BLAKE THINK SO.....IT MAXIMIZES CORPORATE PROFITS YOU KNOW!
All of this shows that despite Fraser Smith's claim that there is only one democratic party,.....that there is not split.....that once again public media is giving you disinformation. The US has the same political system as the UK......where the neo-liberals are their own party. The problem in the US is that the neo-liberals have made the democratic party their party even though 80% of the democratic base of labor and justice occupy the democratic party. See how politics in America has become captured? Neo-liberals and republicans are the same free market, free trade, global corporations and rule. LABOR AND JUSTICE SIMPLY NEED TO TAKE BACK THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BY NOT ALLOWING THE DNC TO CHOOSE YOUR CANDIDATE!
DO NOT THINK YOU MUST VOTE REPUBLICAN FOR GOODNESS SAKE!!!
Maryland Housing Agency to Move to Prince George's County
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Updated 9:13 PM EDT NBC Washington
Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins explains what the agency's relocation means for residents.
advertisement Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday the approval of a lease to move the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development headquarters to Prince George's County.
A new building will be constructed for the agency as part of a new transit-oriented development by Berman Enterprises at the New Carrollton Metro station. The development will initially include 500 new residential units and retail space. It will eventually include 2,400 residential units, a hotel and more retail space.
"How does that make sense when the state is being asked to spend $58 million for a lease and we are leaving a building that we own?" Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said.
The Board of Public Works approved the lease Wednesday.
Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker called the move a potential catalyst for the state, comparing it to former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry's decision to move part of the D.C. government to U Street NW in the 1980s.
State delegates from Anne Arundel, the current home of the agency, tried to delay the vote.
"I would urge you to postpone this vote until we have a proper chance to look at all the numbers," Del. Tony McConkey said.
"Anne Arundel employees will be forced out of their jobs and replaced by others," De. Steven Schuh said.
In a statement, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says the project is a commitment to strengthening Prince George's County.
The agency's move from Anne Arundel County will bring Prince George's its first state agency. The move is expected to be complete by June 2015.
THE MONEY FROM GAMBLING IS ALREADY BEING DIRECTED AWAY FROM STATE REVENUE AND EDUCATION K-12 AND WE HAVE JUST STARTED! IT WILL GET WORSE IF WE DO NOT SHOUT AND VOTE THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS OUT OF OFFICE!!!
Do you hear education/justice/consumer advocates decrying the failure to collect state revenue and send it to education?
Thank you MdOUTLOUD for asking the right question and one that this article looks to have deliberately tried to hide as the figures combined both slot and table revenues together. This is like the financial fraud settlements that gave you a settlement figure with no idea how much fraud was uncovered.
The citizens of MD were duped by their Governor, their Maryland Assembly pols, and in Baltimore their City Council pols.....most being Third Way corporate democrats. We went into gambling with the promise of 68% revenue for the state for slots designated for education. We now have most money made at casinos at the table games which oddly enough these corporate pols placed at only 20% revenue for the state and education. Slot revenue for the state was lowered to around 50% but the profits from slots are substantially lower and slot machines are being taken out of casinos as table games are added so the state revenue is falling fast while profits are soaring for the casino. Did you know that if a casino categorize a day of gambling as 'promotional' then there is no state revenue at all taken? Did you know that the education towards which these proceeds go is job training for casinos and businesses, not K-12?
Third Way corporate democrats work for wealth and profit and all MD dems are Third Way. We need labor and justice running and voting for primary candidates next elections!
Revenue at Maryland's casinos reaches $69.2 million in May Figure reflects new casino in Allegany County
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun 7:58 p.m. EDT, June 5, 2013
Revenue at the state's casinos climbed to nearly $69.2 million in May, the first full month of table games at Maryland Live Casino as well as the initial days of the state's newest casino in Allegany County, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Wednesday.
Revenue at Maryland Live in Anne Arundel County, which celebrates its one-year anniversary Thursday, totaled $55 million in May for its 4,319 slot machines and 122 table games. The latter were introduced April 11, and officials accurately predicted they would raise the facility's revenues by more than 20 percent.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort, which opened May 22, generated $776,133 in slot machine and table game revenue. Rocky Gap has 554 slot machines and 10 table games.
As in previous months, Hollywood Casino Perryville continued to see its revenue fall from the year before. Hollywood pulled in $8.57 million in May, a drop of $1.5 million or 15.6 percent from a year earlier, when it did not face competition from Maryland Live.
The Casino at Ocean Downs, with 800 slot machines, took in $4.77 million in revenue last month, a 7 percent increase from a year ago. Officials there have yet to announce whether the Ocean City-area facility will introduce table games.
The agency reported that for the first 11 months of the fiscal year, slot machine revenue totaled about $511 million. Remember, table games just came into play these last few months with slots being pulled out! That is greater than predicted by the state Board of Revenue Estimates, which estimated slot machine revenue would total $498.3 million for the entire year.
As hospitals say they will not lower quality of care.....they already are as staffing is cut, patient access is denied, fraud is not mentioned, and costs for procedures stay the same.
DO YOU THINK AS POLS PRESSURE HOSPITALS WITH CUTS THAT HOSPITALS ARE GOING TO CHOOSE TO CHANGE THESE THINGS? OF COURSE NOT....QUALITY AND ACCESS WILL DROP!
There are two hospital cost reduction issues not mentioned in this article that are the drivers of health costs. I read in another state's medical system that hospitals and specialty medicine were shouting out that health fraud needs to be made a priority in ridding hospitals of cost since health fraud is a billion dollar business in MD. Not one mention here. Second, the charges for imaging for example, an MRI, are just as high now as when the hospital first bought these medical machines and they have long paid off these costs through augmented patient charges. They are inflating the costs for MRIs to maximize profits. If the medical equipment is paid, drop the fees!
I know that at the University of MD Medical System the new MD Health Insurance removes the cost of poor patients that have historically received the same treatment as everyone else that comes to this hospital. Now, UMMS refuse certain levels of care that are costly because of this new category of MD insurance for the poor. Cancer treatment for example is denied a patient at a certain threshold. All of this is causing the poor to die early from lack of access and it takes a great deal of expense off of hospitals and emergency rooms..the two most costly operations, so why are hospitals not seeing expenses go down?
We are seeing in MD a push to lower employee wages as well. Me thinks truth is missing yet!
Maryland panel approves hospital rate increase Hospitals say additional revenue not enough
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun 7:53 p.m. EDT, June 5, 2013
A state panel voted unanimously Wednesday to increase the rates hospitals can charge by 1.65 percent, but the medical institutions say the amount is inadequate and will collectively drive hospitals into the red.
The Maryland Hospital Association said the decision will cause operating margins to plummet to negative 0.24 percent. The association had pushed for a rate hike of 2.43 percent, which would have also pushed down margins, but still left hospitals operating in positive territory.
Members of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission said they preferred the lower rate hike proposed by their staff. That plan sought to balance the financial constraints facing hospitals with the state's attempt to negotiate with the federal government over a new Medicare waiver, an agreement unique to Maryland that allows the state to set hospital rates.
The state has been concerned that rate increases might disrupt those talks.
"I am really worried about the waiver," commission member Dr. Stephen F. Jencks, an independent consultant and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, said in explaining why he supported the staff recommendation.
"I am mindful of what the hospital executives are saying," Jencks said. "But I feel pretty strongly that in this environment where cost competition has essentially been removed, that the pressure of limited resources is the only way that you get real interest in improving productivity. We have to hear your concerns with both respect and empathy, but the fact we hear your concerns does not mean the system is out of kilter."
Commissioner Jack Keane, a health care consultant, also said he was "not persuaded by the financial condition of the hospitals." He also said hospitals could adjust to the changes.
Hospitals say the commission's balancing act is wobbly and puts hospital finances on the back burner.
"We believe the commission is too singularly focused on the fear of losing the waiver," said Carmela Coyle, CEO of the hospital association. "But what good is the waiver if in the process we bankrupt Maryland hospitals?"
Robert A. Chrencik, CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System, said five years of low rate increases have prompted hospitals to tighten their belts and the commission's vote makes things more difficult. He worried about the impact on the bond ratings if hospitals become more financially strapped.
"It is a decision that continues to underfund cost inflation and makes it more difficult financially for hospitals to operate," Chrencik said after the meeting.
Chrencik said hospitals won't sacrifice care as they try to balance budgets, but may consider cutting services that aren't profitable. The obstetrics unit at Maryland General, which is owned by the University of Maryland, will close June 30 because of a decline in deliveries that doesn't make it financially feasible to maintain the unit.
Meritus Health in Hagerstown is considering eliminating paid time off to deal with financial constraints. Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., announced a similar strategy in April to deal with federal budget cuts. Under its plan, the staff won't accrue vacation time for three months or receive pay increases, according to the Tennessean newspaper.
"It is easier than laying people off," Raymond Grahe, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Meritus Health System, told the commission. "It is easier than reducing, but it cuts benefits. … It is a serious consideration that goes before my board next month.
"One would say this rate increase does nothing but maintain the status quo or less," Grahe said.
Anne Arundel Medical Center said job vacancies are being carefully scrutinized and that the hospital is reviewing positions to make sure they can be supported.
"Proposed payment reductions leave hospitals with few options for reducing spending," the hospital said in a statement. "This weakening of hospital finances concerns us. We are not cutting services, and actually hope to expand our community outreach later this year. But we are not sure how long we will be able to sustain this growth without adequate reimbursement."
The rate increase would take effect July 1 and run through the end of the year. The rate-setting panel typically decides rates for a full fiscal year's time, but did it in a smaller increment because of the waiver negotiations.
The state must pass a test to maintain the waiver, but has a hard time meeting its standards. Maryland keeps the waiver if its average cost per hospital admission rises no faster than in other states.
The rate increase comes as Maryland hospitals have complained that the state hasn't done enough to help the facilities increase revenue to help make up a 2 percent cut in Medicare payments required by federal sequestration, which began in April.
Hospitals say they are facing some of the worst financial conditions in years.
As a group, the hospitals' operating margin was 0.8 percent for the first eight months of the 2013 fiscal year, their second-lowest return in 14 years, a recent report by the hospital association found. Twenty-five of Maryland's 60 hospitals had negative operating margins, according to the report.
The hospitals had also sought a rate increase for the remainder of fiscal year 2013: April, May and June. But the commission voted at a May meeting to keep rates unchanged, leaving the hospitals to absorb the federal cuts. The facilities are collectively expected to lose $7 million to $8 million a month during that period.
What O'Malley means is that all you have to do to get rid of poor and working class citizens in a state is raise taxes so high they cannot afford to live in Maryland....which is what is happening. The reasons they are making Maryland so regressive in revenue is that they are eliminating taxes on corporations and the rich. We are watching as wealthy foreign families are moved here just as is happening across the country who are paying for the priviledge of citizenship and the Washington suburbs are filling with these new immigrants. Universities in Maryland recruit foreign students from wealthy families while cutting financial aid for in-state residents.
Third Way corporate democrats like O'Malley work for wealth and profit so they see success from bringing others into the state not caring about pushing others out and that is what we see in MD's policies today. The burden of revenue is pushed more and more on the working class and poor. Now, you do not want to vote republican because you think they will reverse this because they will not..remember Ehrlich and his fees and taxes. Republicans want corporations and the rich to rule as well. We simply need for democratic voters to take back the democratic party that works for labor and justice to reverse what corporate democrats are doing to the state. Wealth inequity is greatest in MD and that is not a democratic stance!
How do Gov. O'Malley's tax increases make Md. a model for growing the middle class?
Baltimore Sun Opinion
Gov. Martin O'Malley argues that Maryland has become a national model for growing the middle class ("O'Malley touts state economy in address on middle class," May 30).
Could I have some of that Kool-Aid, sir?
Governor how does putting such a heavy tax burden on the citizens of Maryland — 40 tax and fee increases in seven-plus years — help the middle class?
Your policies are crushing the middle class, sir. Come down from your high horse and see what life is really like in Maryland.
John Jackson, Baltimore