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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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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