Browsing the "Martin O’Malley" Tag

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

Treasurer, comptroller urge senators to restore $100M cut in pension funding

February 27th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

In unusual joint testimony, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, chair and vice-chair of the state pension board, pleaded with Senate budgeters not to permanently cut $100 million in state payments to the retirement system. They said the cut proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley had high long-term repercussions and undermined the state's credibility with bond rating agencies by reneging on promises made in 2011 pension reforms

Barry Rascovar: O’Malley’s latest pension grab

February 9th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

It takes quite a bit for the quiet, diplomatic State Treasurer, Nancy Kopp, to criticize her fellow Democrat, Gov. Martin O'Malley. But she gently laid it on the line in opposing O'Malley's $100 million budget cut for state pension contributions. "It's a question of trust," Kopp said

Rascovar column: Do-gooders know best about wages

February 2nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Raising the minimum wage is all the rage among liberal Democrats and liberal advocacy groups. Listening to them it’s clear a much higher minimum will dramatically close the income inequity gap. Columnist Barry Rascovar explores the downside of upping the minimum wage, and offers a better alternative.

O’Malley’s Irish ghost writer, and a wee tale of speechifying

January 28th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Gov. Martin O'Malley solved part of the mystery about the odd quote in his State of the State address last week. “The only things worth doing are the things that might possibly break your heart," O'Malley said. It turns out O'Malley didn't just lift the quote from something he read -- Irish writer Column McCann helped him craft some of the speech,

Analysis: From the back corner, a solid speech that was mostly true

January 24th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

From my usual corner at the back of the House of Delegates chamber, Martin O'Malley's eighth and final State of the State address seemed one of his better efforts. Think what you might of O'Malley's accomplishments over the last seven years -- the real subject of the whole speech -- the gov is an effective communicator, except when he reaches too far for the lofty rhetoric of his beloved Irish poets

Rascovar column: Brown has a health care albatross

January 19th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland's lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, has a problem that won't go away -- his still unexplained leadership role in the state's disastrous Obamacare rollout. This is the biggest sticking point in Brown's run for governor. It could become an insurmountable obstacle if public attention remains focused on those computer glitches and poor sign-up results

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