Browsing the "Martin O’Malley" Tag

Analysis: Health Exchange Mess Part I: Failures in leadership

April 9th, 2014 | by Charlie Hayward

In a two-part series Thursday and Friday, retired auditor Charles Hayward (full bio below) delves into the problems that led to a disastrous launch of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange in fall 2013. Among the chief failings of state leadership: not addressing serious red flags when there may have been enough time to fix the root causes; not appreciating the monumental tasks assigned to limited resources; and (3) not selecting one IT expert to take leadership on the website’s development.


Rascovar column: Stonewalling Md. Health Exchange probe

April 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland General Assembly concludes its 2014 session Monday in good shape – except for one monumental omission: the mystery surrounding Maryland’s fatally flawed health exchange, which has squandered uncounted tens of millions of dollars. It’s now clear that both Gov. Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown are content to stonewall and impede any detailed investigation of what went wrong in setting up the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange until well after the June 24 primary election


$10.10 minimum wage passes Senate committee

April 2nd, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

The Senate Finance Committee approved a $10.10 minimum wage for most Maryland workers, but extended the increases over the next four years, rather than three as the House of Delegates had done. The bill also ties the minimum wage to increased state reimbursement for disability support workers, who currently average $9.82 per hour.


Minimum wage hike could be spread over 5 years, tied to raise for disability workers

March 26th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

In a compromise that could possibly move a stalled minimum wage hike out of committee, Senate Finance Chair Thomas Mac Middleton said he has been working on a potential agreement with the governor to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next five years instead of three. This would also make it easier for the state to increase compensation for disability workers above the new minimum


Rascovar: Is a higher minimum wage counter-productive?

March 23rd, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Democratic politicians in Annapolis are eager to pass an increase in the minimum wage. But recent studies found that even jump in the minimum wage by 10% -- much lower than proposed here -- will have a significant negative impact on future job hiring


Union protesters arrested at State House

March 14th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Fourteen people had themselves intentionally arrested on the stone steps of the Maryland State House Thursday -- part of a larger group who were protesting the low wages of restaurant and retail workers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport


Rascovar column: Maryland’s Obamacare fiasco continues

March 2nd, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

How high will it go? How much more will it cost the O’Malley-Brown administration to fix or totally replace the dysfunctional online health insurance system that it bragged about until the software crashed on Day One? It already is the most costly debacle in state history



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