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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Maryland Governor Details Tax Cut Proposals

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan continued his quest to roll back taxes and shrink the financial bite of government on Marylanders this week announcing a number of additional tax cuts he is proposing.  Hogan unveiled the proposals one day before the legislative session began this week and a week after unveiling his $17 billion FY’17 budget…

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And Maryland Governor Wants Them As Well

Maryland isn’t going to be left out of the tax cut basket if Governor Larry Hogan has his way.  He is planning to advocate for moderate tax cuts from the $300 million surplus the state is expected to realize in the current fiscal year.  Hogan, who was elected in 2014 on a tax-cutting and smaller…

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Maryland Kills Price Bill on Sugary Drinks

Maryland legislators last week killed a proposal that would have required restaurants to charge more for certain sugary drinks sold with children’s meals.  The legislation, HB 1090, was filed by Baltimore City Delegate Cheryl Glenn in the House and a companion bill by Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam.  It was rejected again this session by the House…

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Is Tax Cutting Getting Popular?

As state legislatures around the country begin their 2015 sessions in earnest, we couldn‘t help note that several are now looking at reducing tax burdens and making more of an effort to “live within their means”.  In his State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted his “2015 Opportunity Agenda”, which calls…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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Better Hospitals Excluded

In more news that will likely further erode support for the Obama Care mandates, it was reported this week in the Baltimore Business Journal, that a number of health insurance plans offered in response to the mandates of the Affordable Care Act will not cover any services provided by some of the premier hospital facilities…

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Baltimore Adopts Nation’s Strictest Youth Curfew Law

The city of Baltimore, where a youth curfew has been on the books for over 20 years, recently enacted the strictest such curfew law in the country.  The new curfew requirement, which will take effect on August 15, requires that children between the ages of 14 and 16 be off the streets and home by…

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