Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some nonprofit organizations say Maryland's estate tax is driving their wealthy donors out of state during retirement. They support a new bill raising the estate tax exemption to $5.34 million per spouse.

House Speaker Michael Busch testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on this bill Wednesday. Miller filed the bill with dozens of co-sponsors.

The federal exemption is $5.34 million, and Maryland's is $1 million.

shari weinsheimer

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Critics of a bill allowing fraternal organizations and veterans groups to operate slot machines say the legislation should be expanded to include other charitable organizations and private clubs.

The House gaming committee held a hearing Wednesday on the bill, which the Markell administration developed after telling veterans groups and fraternal organizations last year to stop operating illegal slot machines. After the groups complained, lawmakers in January fast-tracked a bill allowing them to temporarily resume slot machine gambling.

DE Charities See Red Ink

Jan 23, 2013

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A new report finds nearly half of Delaware charities spent more than they collected in 2010.

The Delaware Grantmakers Association commissioned the study. The new report says 48 percent spent more than they received in 2010, up from 35 percent the year before.

Association president Wil Sherk says the report should be a wake-up call because the current state of Delaware's charities can't be sustained for long.