Budget

Combined Reporting Fact Sheet

Many large multi-state corporations slash or eliminate the taxes they pay to Maryland through accounting strategies that take advantage of weaknesses in our tax law. Combined reporting is one method of closing these loopholes- this fact sheet explains how this reform works.

News Release | Budget, Tax

Maryland Taxpayers Footing a $100 Billion Bill for Tax Dodgers

While a lot of attention is given on Tax Day to how tax dollars are spent, one watchdog group is instead focused on the revenue lost every year – $100 billion – thanks to loopholes, tax avoidance and tax cheats.

News Release | Budget

Maryland Earns “C” in New Report on Transparency of Government Spending

Maryland got a “C” when it comes to openness about government spending, according to FOLLOWING THE MONEY: How the 50  States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data” released on Tuesday.

Report | Budget, Tax

Tax Shell Game (2010)

The IRS estimates that individuals and corporations currently hold $5 trillion in tax haven countries and asserts that the United States is responsible for a large portion of these assets.

Report | Budget

Following the Money

The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy. Spending transparency checks corruption, bolsters public confidence in government, and promotes fiscal responsibility.

News Release | Budget

Maryland #1 in Stimulus Spending Transparency

This is the finding of Show Us the Stimulus (Again), a report released today by the Maryland Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and produced by Good Jobs First, a non-profit research center based in Washington, DC. The report released today at 1pm updates a similar study published last July.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Budget, Financial Reform, Transportation

Greasing the Wheels

In the wake of the Minnesota I-35 bridge collapse there was enormous public outcry and recognition of the need to repair our crumbling infrastructure. Americans expected public officials to respond to the tragedy with a large scale effort to address the nearly 73,000 structurally deficient bridges in this country. The findings in this report suggest that did not happen.

Are Campaign Contributions Greasing the Wheels for New Highway Construction?

The nation has 73,000 crumbling bridges, but year after year startlingly few federal transportation dollars go to fixing them.

Report | Good Jobs First | Budget

Show Us the Stimulus

Every state government now has a website reporting on its role in implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the $787 billion federal stimulus bill that is shoring up state finances, reinforcing the social safety net and funding job‐creating infrastructure and energy‐efficiency projects. Yet there are wide differences in the quality and quantity of the information the websites offer.

News Release | Budget

Maryland leads nation in reporting on economic stimulus spending

A new analysis of official state websites focusing on the federal stimulus program finds that Maryland has the best reporting of all the states.

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