Tuesday, September 23, 2014
US cracks down on companies moving overseas
WTOP

The Obama administration cracked down Monday on certain overseas corporate mergers and acquisitions, aiming to curb American companies from shifting their ownership abroad to shirk paying U.S. taxes.

New regulations from the Treasury Department will make these co-called corporate inversions less lucrative by barring creative techniques that companies use to lower their tax bill. Additionally, the U.S. will make it harder for companies to move overseas in the first place by tightening the ownership requirements they must meet.

“This action will significantly diminish the ability of inverted companies to escape U.S. taxation,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said. He added that for some companies considering inversions, the new measures would mean inverting would “no longer make economic sense.”

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Sonar gives scientists clearer picture of river herring runs
Karl Blankenship ― Bay Journal

After spending years in the ocean, the alewives and blueback herring had at last found their way back to the Chesapeake, and were slowly working their way upstream against the Choptank River current.

Like their ancestors for thousands of years, instinct drove their migration the spawning grounds where they had been hatched years earlier and would release eggs and sperm for a new generation.

And, like the migrations of their ancestors, the journey was largely unseen by humans.

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MD Road System Again Ranked low, but Highway Officials…
Southern Maryland News Net

... Strongly Counter Ratings

Maryland continues to hover toward the bottom of rankings by a nonprofit organization evaluating state road systems, but the State Highway Administration continues to take issue with the ranking methodology.

The free-market oriented Reason Foundation ranked Maryland 39th in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness in its 21st annual rankings, drawing data mostly from 2012.

The state’s worst ranking was 48th in interstate congestion but it ranked highly (10th) for low fatality rate. The state was ranked a similar 38th and 40th overall in reports issued by the Reason Foundation the last two years, respectively.

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Moment of truth: Study to impact farm phosphorus rules
Phil Davis ― Daily Times

Somewhere in 4,500 pages of research may lie the future of the Eastern Shore’s agriculture industry.

After months of opposition on both sides, the economic assessment of the implementation of regulations protecting Chesapeake Bay will be sent out to peer review to begin this week. The step comes amid delays and concerns about the transparency of the process.

Interviews this past week indicate advisory group members who are advocates for either the region’s agricultural industry or the bay’s environmental health are concerned they’re being left in the dark on the study’s findings.

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Metro to resume use of computer-driven trains for first time since 2009 deadly crash
WJLA-TV (ABC 7)

Metro plans to bring back computer-driven trains to the red line, five years after the automated system failed and caused a fatal crash.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles told The Washington Post in a story published Saturday that starting in October, automatic train operation will resume on a half-dozen red line trains during non-peak hours. That will give train operators time to learn the new system. By March, all red line trains will be driven by computers.

Even with automated train operation, drivers remain in train cabs to operate doors, make announcements and watch for trouble. The automatic system is a smooth-ride feature that keeps trains running on time and saves money with more efficient acceleration, braking and stopping trains at the right spots. It’s a feature of most modern subways and was a feature of Metro since its inception in 1976.

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Healthiest Maryland Businesses Initiative and Proposed Commitment Letter

Board Docs - Sep 23, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.10 [11:15 a.m.] Briefing: Healthiest Maryland Businesses Initiative and Proposed Commitment Letter (Ms. Megan Donnick, Acting Director of Human Resources/ Dr. Dianna Abney, Charles County Health Department)

HMB Intro-Dr. Abney_1.pdf (1,028 KB)

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Briefing: Canoe Lane

Board Docs - Sep 23, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

3.02 [3:15 p.m.] Briefing: Canoe Lane (Ms. Elizabeth Theobalds, Deputy County Attorney)

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Review FY 16 Application and Application Review Form for Grants Awarded…

... by the County Commissioners

Board Docs - Sep 23, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

3.01 [3:00 p.m.] Briefing: Review FY 16 Application and Application Review Form for Grants Awarded by the County Commissioners (Ms.Terry Davis, Chair of Grant Panel)

FY16 Application for Grants.pdf (88 KB)

FY16 Grant Review Form.pdf (32 KB)

FY2016 Grant Budget-Reporting Summary.pdf (164 KB)

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Montgomery County buys four drones
WTOP

In some cases, drones are designed to take their targets by surprise. That’s what happened in Montgomery County earlier this month when members of the Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety Committee learned during a public session that the county had purchased four drones; three were being tested by the fire department and a fourth was in the office of the county’s Chief Innovation Officer Dan Hoffman.

While several members of the Montgomery County Council said they’re open to the use of drones, the council is considering a resolution that would call on County Executive Ike Leggett to come up with policies regarding the use of the drones or “unmanned aerial systems.”

In a meeting with reporters on Monday, Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice said he has no problem with some of the applications of drones now being tested. For example, drones could be helpful as firefighters head to the scene of a particularly large or complex fire, or one that involved hazardous materials.

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Open Thread - September 23, 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Discussion: Proposed Fine for Disclosure of Closed Session Information

Board Docs - Sep 23, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

3.03 [3:30 p.m.] Discussion: Proposed Fine for Disclosure of Closed Session Information (Ms. Barbara Holtz, County Attorney)

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ZTA 14-134, Notification Procedures for Board of Appeals Hearings and…

... Zoning Map Amendments

Board Docs - Sep 23, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.08 [10:45 a.m.] Briefing: ZTA 14-134, Notification Procedures for Board of Appeals Hearings and Zoning Map Amendments (Mr. Peter Aluotto, Director of Planning and Growth Management/Mr. Steven Ball, Planning Director, Planning and Growth Management)

***Please note- if vote takes place on ZTA 14-134, a motion to declare September 23rd a legislative day must take place first.

ZTA - Changes to Notification Procedures for ZMAs - final for BOCC.docx.pdf (421 KB)

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Maryland Association of Counties - This Week on Conduit Street


This Week on Conduit Street - September 12, 2014

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Commissioners insert partisan opinions, philosophies into newest…
Christian Alexandersen ― Carroll County Times

... master plan draft

Planners express concern over amount of involvement from commissioners

While the 2014 Carroll County Master Plan will have the signatures of the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission members on it when it’s adopted, much of the language, guidelines and recommendations will be from the Carroll County Board of Commissioners if the plan is left unchanged.

The purpose of the master plan, which has not been updated since 2000, is to lay out a strategy for making improvements to public infrastructure and allowing for private development of land. In the past, commissioner boards have not meddled in the minutia of the plan, leaving it up to the planning commission to develop.

Unlike previous boards, the current five-member Board of Commissioners has its fingerprints all over the county’s comprehensive plan, which is now under 60-day public review.

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China, U.S., India push world carbon emissions up
Seth Borenstein ― USA TODAY

Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.

The world pumped an estimated 39.8 billion tons (36.1 billion metric tons) of carbon dioxide into the air last year by burning coal, oil and gas. That is 778 million tons (706 metric tons) or 2.3% more than the previous year.

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