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Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Banker on leave after pursuit of TRIPPED UP Rorida heat takes its toll as 'Skins 14-6 B2 Quarterback Frerotte btaken down by Tampa Bay. Final Route 50 work set for summer A7 TOMORROW CLOUDY DETAILS PAGE All MONDAY SEPTEMBER MD PEPCO plan to merge By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer The Baltimore Gas and Electric and Potomac Electric Power Co. plan to merge and move their flew headquarters to the Annapo- Qs the companies an- nounced this morning Two sources close to the deal told The Capital that it was likely that the merged company which is still unnamed would build new offices on land owned New by Anne Arundel Health Systems on Jennifer Road in Parole. BGE's Constellation Real Estate division said in June that it had proposed a package of a hotel and stores for the 27.7-acre owned by Anne Arundel Medical Center's parent company. That proposal could incorporate the new- company's one source said. Another source said much of both companies' operations would remain at their present locations in Baltimore and Washington. Company officials declined fur- ther comment this morning and were holding a news conference at noon at the Gov. Calvert House in Annapolis to reveal more de- tails. Officials said the merger would create a compam with billion in putt in n the top 10 utilities nationwide. The deal would allow the com- panies to save money by consoli- dating and cutting their work force by 10 percent. Officials did not specify any customer savings or the nature of any layoffs. The merger would be subject to approval by several agencies. released this----- the companies said their respective boards of direc- tors had unanimously approved a business to create a regional energy com- pany serving 4.5 million people in Maryland and Washington. The combined company would have more than 1.8 million elec- tee Page North Sea nuptials Bride is surprised with a Viking-style cruise By MARK DAVENPORT Staff Writer The bride was stunning in her flowing white dress. The groom was dashing in his tux But the crew of Vikings rowing them out of Annapolis Harbor needed some fashion help with their animal skins and lace-up boots But row thev dirt vesterriay about 3 miles to Jack Connerney's house on Lake Ogteton to join the wedding reception for him and Ingrid Christiansen. Mr. Connerney arranged the as a surprise for his Danish-born whom he met sailboat racing The 45-year-old Annapolis Roads resident said the and romantic venture icame off mostly as he had planned. could have had something a little better than North Sea he said. Ms. Christiansen thought the half-hour voyage was even while holding a bouquet of flowers. was totally she said. with the it was very Danish Mr. Connerney had heard several years ago of the ship's but didn't know how to locate its keepers After calls to several Scandinavian he i found someone at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington who had a contact for the Solomon's Island-based boat. The 32-foot longship is a replica of a ninth-century warship excavated in 1967 on a by George N Lundskow The Capital Jack Connomey rain from hit Danish-born Ingrid M a crew of Vikings prepares to row them out of to their wedding reception at his waterfront house In Annapolis Roads. Mr. Connemey arranged the trip to follow their wedding at St. Mary's Church downtown. Baltic Island. Its crew is comprised of volunteers from medieval militia groups around the Washington area people are good at scholarly research others are good at crew member Alan Centa said. The would-be Vikings have participated in weddings of their own but never of others They usually sail on educational and public relations missions. Mr. Connerney had the ship wait at City Dock during the 4 p.m wedding at St. Mary's Church on Duke of Gloucester Street. On the premise of taking some he had the wedding party walk through a drizzle down to the waterfront Not one of the couple's relatives had a clue. was on a need-to-know college friend Jim Olson said. did hear about the but I didn't expect anything like As the boat pulled up to the shore at City passers-by stopped and lined the waterfront to watch the impeccably groomed couple climb on board. Connerney brought his bride's boat shoes along to replace her As the of 12 started singing and rowing off toward the the collection of spectators dispersed with a mixture of grins and puzzled looks thmk it's wonderful There's not enough romance said Paul a Pennsylvania resident who watched with his wife. Annapolis resident Amber Taylor said she'd love her groom to carry her off in a special way. think it really shows that he cares about she said. they care about each other enough to do something like I think it will last a Officials fight over benefits from tax cut By TOM STUCKEY Top Maryland officials have pretty much agreed to cut the state income tax by 5 to 10 per- but they are far from agree- ment on how the savings should be spread among taxpayers. On one the House of Dele- gates and Gov. Parris who favor an across-the-board re- duction that would give the big- gest dollar savings to higher in- come workers. On other the Senate lead- which wants the middle class and working poor to benefit as much as wealthier Mary- landers. At the heart of the dispute is the What is the purpose of the tax Mr. Glendening and House Speaker Casper believe Maryland's high income tax rate is one reason the state is getting clobbered by its neighbors in the tough compe- tition to lure business to the state. They say reducing the top rate is essential to send a message to corporate executives that they are welcome in Maryland. But the Senate leadership in- clines toward the view taken by Sen. Barbara chairman of the Budget and Taxation Com- who believes lower in- come Marylanders need and de- serve relief When the legislature approved some business tax cuts during the 1995 talked about the fact that this year we were going to try to attack personal income tax said Ms. D-Baltimore. fairly certain that the pub- lic thinks that means them and not just the business commun- Senate leaders favor increasing the amount of income exempted from giving everyone from a worker to a millionaire the same dollar HOW BAD IS Just how bad is the tax burden Maryland places on its Depends on who you ask Money magazine consistently ranks among the five worst states for taxes But Money only considers a few and state officials say it chooses the taxes where Maryland ranks high and ignores those which Maryland does not levy or where rates are lower than many other states. They say a congressional study that takes all state and local taxes Into consideration is more reliable. It places Maryland just about In the middle of the 50 states There are also two ways to look at tax burden how much Is col- lected per taxpayer and what per- centage of income an individual pays in taxes Since Maryland is a wealthy state with a high average it ranks higher on a per capita basis. A study by the General Assembly's Department of Fiscal Services said when all state and local taxes are taken into Maryland has the llth highest per capita total tax burden per Mary lander. The national average is But when the tax burden is figured as a percent of personal Maryland drops to the bottom third in 35th place. The percent of personal Income going for taxes is 10 percent in below the national average of 10.8 percent. Maryland officials say that Is more meaningful to taxpayers be- cause It shows how much of their Income they pay In taxes. savings. But the governor and top House leaders believe it is important to reduce the tax rate. So the more you the more you save. can't look at this as a tax relief Mr. Taylor said. Page Longer maternity stays eyed State law basis for federal plan requiring insurance coverage INSIDE By J Henson The Capital Anmdel Medical Cwrtor Nurse Alma HaWton of Crofton checks on tMfcy HMNiM of Ainupofe ami hw rww at ttw hoapttal't MW M. CManoff PavHon. A propoMl I to aHofteT HM anal MTM ttaM at By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer A federal proposal based in part on a new Maryland law would require health insurers to cover longer hospital stays for women giving birth at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The measure under considera- tion by the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee would force insurers to pay for at least 48 hours of hospital care for mother and baby. A shorter stay would be allowed if the mother and doctor agreed and the health plan covered a home visit by a nurse. The nune would check the mother and baby for signs of infection or other medical according to bill sponsor and committee Chairman Nancy Landon Kasse- R-Kansas. The bill also would allow moth- ers delivering through a Caesar- ean section to stay 96 hours or twice as long as some Insurers now pay at AAMC. Proponents at a hearing on the bill last week said cost pressures' are forcing hospital discharges after 24 before many health problems such as infections and jaundice can be detected. Opponents said insurers do pay for longer stays when but that lawmakers should not set one standard when there isn't a prov- en best way. The Annapolis which earlier this month opened Its Rebecca M. Clatanoff Pavilion fea- turing 22 plush delivery routinely discharges mothers 24 hours after normal deliveries un- less a doctor determines she should stay hospital offi- cials said last week. For Caesarean women typically stay three said Sharon director of AAMC's Page Arundel toport..... 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