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Paid sick leave advocates scramble to get bill on governor’s desk quickly

Backers of a paid sick leave measure that’s been working its way through the General Assembly are trying to get a bill onto Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk as quickly as possible, hoping to force him to sign or veto the bill in time for lawmakers to override him before this year’s legislative session adjourns. Both […]

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Maryland Adds 11,500 Jobs in February

Hiring soared in Maryland last month, as employers added 11,500 jobs, powering the strongest three-month surge of job creation the state has seen since the Great Recession. The gains, reported Friday by the U.S. Labor Department, pulled more than 14,000 people into the labor force, as people started working or looking for work. Despite that […]

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How Trump’s Budget Could Affect Anne Arundel

From increased military spending to slashed support for the arts, the priorities in President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal are likely to have implications for Anne Arundel County. Trump released his $1.1 trillion plan for discretionary spending, which accounts for about one-third of the federal budget, on Thursday. A full budget that includes nondiscretionary spending […]

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Paid Sick Leave Bills “Dead in the Water,” Hogan Says, Promising Veto

The paid sick leave bills making their way through the legislature “are dead on arrival” if they reach his desk, Gov. Larry Hogan declared Wednesday. He promised reporters “I will veto them immediately” because they have the potential to kill thousands of jobs and “are disastrous for our economy.” He called the legislation that has […]

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Maryland Gains 6,700 Jobs in January

Maryland gained 6,700 jobs in January while the unemployment rate held steady. The private sector added 7,500 jobs while the state saw a loss of 800 government jobs, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate remained 4.2 percent, lower than U.S. rate of […]

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Paid sick leave advances in Md. House of Delegates

Maryland’s House of Delegates on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would require businesses with 15 or more workers to provide paid sick leave. The measure, which the House passed in 2016, faces an additional vote in that chamber before being taken up in the Senate, where a similar measure failed last year. […]

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Maryland #8 IN U.S. News & World Report “Best States” Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Maryland as one of the best states in the nation. In its inaugural “Best States” ranking, U.S. News & World Report analyzed data in seven key areas – education, health care, infrastructure, economy, government, opportunity, and crime and corrections – to determine the state’s composite score. In addition […]

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Measure Aims at Closing Pay Gap Between Men, Women, Minorities

ANNAPOLIS — If women and minorities are historically paid less, one way to balance pay scales could be to take past salaries off the negotiating table. Frederick County Delegate Karen Lewis Young, D-District 3A, is sponsoring a bill aimed at equaling pay for men, women and minorities. It would require companies with 15 or more […]

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Businesses for and against paid sick leave bills

After four years of trying, many Maryland lawmakers predict this is the year a paid sick leave bill could pass both chambers. Identical bills are in play in the House, HB1, and Senate, SB230. At its Senate hearing, business representatives spoke for and against the legislation that mandates paid sick leave for all businesses with […]

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After veto override, renewable energy sourcing accelerates in Maryland

State lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill to increase the use of renewable energy in the state. The legislation, which will require utility companies in Maryland to buy more energy from sources such as wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric dams, became law when the Democratic-controlled General Assembly […]

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