Economists: Tax reform could cook up growth

But they differ on key ingredients to economic feast As the tax reform discussion raged in Washington, D.C., in November, two well-known Maryland economists said some of the proposals could help spur the nation’s economy. But Phillip L. Swagel and Anirban Basu said they weren’t sure the ideas will make it into a final proposal, or whether a bill will pass at all. “It’s still got a tough road ahead of it,” said Swagel, a professor in international economic policy at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. “My guess is this gets no Democratic votes.” Swagel was assistant […]

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‘We are focused on growing with our customers’

Philip A. Pantano with F&M Trust Philip A. Pantano was an award-winning athlete in college and has become an award-winning banker with F&M Trust. Pantano received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pa., where he was a scholarship athlete on the baseball team and co-captain. He was USJ’s scholar athlete of the year in 2004. He went on to earn a master’s in business administration from Shippensburg University in 2010. Pantano has been with F&M Trust since 2005 and has served in a vice president’s role since April 2011. He recently was named commercial services market […]

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Trailer maker growing in Chambersburg

BWise Manufacturing’s recent purchase allows it to keep its commitment to its home town. CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — As BWise Manufacturing prepared for growth, company leaders didn’t want to search far and wide for a facility. So BWise took a good look at the facility it was using at 1002 Wayne Ave. in Chambersburg, Pa. Then it bought the entire building and surrounding acreage. The deal means room to expand and the flexibility to use the property in the best way to accommodate the company’s needs, said David McKee, vice president of sales and marketing. “As a company, we care about […]

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Registers will be ringing: Retailers group predicts holiday sales to rise up to 4 percent. Is the Crossroads area ready?

Holiday shoppers say they’ll spend an average of $967.13 this year and, for the first time, most chose online as their top shopping spot. But many also said they will still hit department stores, discount stores and other brick-and-mortar outlets. Those results come from reports by Ana Serafin Smith on the National Retail Federation website. And they have been anticipated by some retailers doing business in the Crossroads area. Take, for example, the newly remodeled Walmart store on Hagerstown’s Garland Groh Boulevard. The changes unveiled in June went beyond store design and product updates. “One of the most exciting things […]

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‘The day’s schedule changes like waves in the ocean’

“When it became clear my father’s health would not improve and he would not live much longer, I started to think more about my own life and decisions to that point,” said Jay Day, who built Jay Day and The Day Home Team in Frederick. […]

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