Rascovar: Is a higher minimum wage counter-productive?

March 23, 2014

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. [...more]

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Rascovar column: Do-gooders know best about wages

February 2, 2014

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. [...more]

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Md. Senate leaders forecast some business tax relief

November 20, 2013

State Senate leaders told a business group Wednesday that they expected to see some sort of small business tax relief in the coming legislative session, possibly coupled with an increase in the minimum wage. [...more]

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Voters oppose corporate tax cuts but favor minimum wage hike, poll finds

November 13, 2013

Progressive Democrats are using new polling results to continue their push for increasing Maryland's minimum wage to $10 an hour, while they reject attempts to lower corporate taxes. A minimum wage hike and corporate tax cut are being discussed by General Assembly leaders ahead of the 2014 session. [...more]

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Mizeur backs $16.70 living wage, millionaire’s tax; all the gov candidates say they’re environmentalists; Franchot gives O’Malley his coin

November 6, 2013


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Rascovar Commentary: O’Malley joins call for minimum wage hike, but not corporate tax cut

September 8, 2013

Throughout his two terms as governor, Martin O'Malley has portrayed himself in words and deeds as a champion of Maryland's working class. He's a neo-New Dealer who sees his political future through the lens of becoming known as "the working family's governor." Now O'Malley has joined the Democratic stampede to support a major jump in the state's minimum wage. He has also made it clear he won't be sponsoring any bills to lower Maryland's corporate income tax as a sop to the business community. [...more]

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Senate Finance Committee kills $3 hike in minimum wage

March 21, 2013

A bill to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $10 an hour died in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. It was defeated in an 8-3 vote with several senators explaining that they opposed the legislation in spite of their sympathy for low-wage workers because the timing was not right for a wage increase. [...more]

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Minimum wage hike would boost economy or destroy jobs, friends and foes say

March 10, 2013

An initiative to raise minimum wage to $10 an hour in two years promises to be among the most controversial economic issues debated at the Maryland General Assembly this year. Sponsored by Sen. Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery, and Del. Aisha Braveboy, D-Prince George’s, the initiative would reshape the state’s job market for low income workers. [...more]

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Paid sick leave supported in poll, but businesses leery

February 27, 2013

An overwhelming 82% of Maryland voters support a proposal to force all employers to provide paid sick days based upon the number of hours worked, according to a poll done for the Jobs Opportunities Task Force. This poll comes in advance of hearings Wednesday on several pieces of legislation that seek to expand worker’s rights and increase employers’ obligations [...more]

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Supporters say hiking minimum wage helps economy, opponents say it hurts

March 4, 2011

A proposal to increase Maryland’s minimum wage was both applauded and condemned in front of the Senate Finance Committee by economists, business owners, lobbyists and employees on Thursday. [...more]

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