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Md. legislators get high marks from consumer group — but not GOP

September 16th, 2014 | by Meg Tully

A consumer advocacy group is giving state lawmakers high scores for passing laws in the 2014 General Assembly session that raise the minimum wage and reduce the impact of foreclosures. The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, a nonprofit whose mission includes advancing fairness and justice for consumers, also released four-year scores that depicted state lawmakers as generally favorable to consumer issues. Only nine of 47 senators and 46 of 141 delegates got four-year scores lower than 80%

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

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.

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

November 13th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

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

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

September 8th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

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

Senate Finance Committee kills $3 hike in minimum wage

March 21st, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

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

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

March 10th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

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.

Paid sick leave supported in poll, but businesses leery

February 27th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

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

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