Baltimore Sends Minimum Wage Back, For Now

Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young prevailed last week in a political battle with Councilor Mary Pat Clark as her proposal to increase the minimum wage within the city to $15/hour by 2022 was sent back to committee for more deliberation.  Young has gone on record as supporting an increase to as much as…

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Baltimore Moves Minimum Wage Forward

The saga continues in Baltimore with the proponents of a 71.4% minimum wage increase collecting 7 of 11 votes cast by the 15 member Baltimore city council to advance the bill to a final vote coming on Monday.  Of the 4 councilors not voting, 3 abstained and the fourth was absent from the vote this…

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Lawsuits vs ACA Mandate Growing

Two new lawsuits were filed this week by insurance companies over a specific provision of the Obamacare health insurance mandate.  The targeted provision, known as the “risk adjustment program”, requires health insurers whose members are healthier (and therefore less expensive to insure), to pay monies to their competitors whose members are not as healthy and…

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Baltimore Minimum Wage Vote Set for Next Month

The Baltimore City Council is set to decide next month whether it will mandate a city minimum wage of $15 per hour.  Last week, the City Council’s Labor Committee unanimously voted to send the bill to the full council for a vote.  Council President “Jack” Young is staunchly opposed to a $15 minimum as a…

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$15/hour Moving in Baltimore

Down the road from Philadelphia and against the wishes of City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, the Baltimore City Council Labor Committee has indicated initial approval for an ordinance that will mandate a $15/hour minimum wage by 2022.  At Tuesday’s work session on the proposal, Council President Young advised the committee that he would not…

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July 1 Brings New Laws

There are two dates every year when we have to be especially conscious of changes in government laws and/or regulations – one is January 1 and the other is today, July 1, the start of many government fiscal years.  With so much new regulation being piled on to the business community, we thought it might…

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Is Government Broken?

If we follow the presidential polling the least bit, we know that almost 60% of the registered voters dislike both of the presumptive nominees – Hillary Clinton viewed favorably by 41% and Donald Trump by 40%.  Along with Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson, that is the crop from which we’ll choose…

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State and Local Action on Sick Leave

The drumbeat continues as relates activism at the state and local levels regarding mandatory paid sick leave and other issues.  Notably, by a 13-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council last week moved to double the current state minimum of paid sick leave and require employers in the City of Angels to provide up to…

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Paid Sick Leave Back in Vogue

In some states where the minimum wage has already been dramatically increased (subject to judicial and other challenges – think New York), elected officials have looked at mandating paid sick leave and predictive scheduling as the next frontiers in fighting “income inequality”.  Maryland Senate majority leader Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore) is a prime example.  She announced…

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Sugary Drink Issues Resurface

The National Commission on Hunger released its final report, “Freedom from Hunger: An Achievable Goal for the United States of America” earlier this week and in it recommended that sugar-sweetened drinks be excluded from the list of items eligible for purchase with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  The recommendation, presented for consideration by Congress,…

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