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By Julie Bykowicz | julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | January 20, 2010
Maryland business groups dismayed by Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to expand unemployment benefits, which could cost companies an estimated $20 million a year, are negotiating ways to offset the expense. O'Malley said last month that he wants the state to broaden the qualifying period for benefits so that the state can access about $127 million in federal money to prop up its quickly shrinking unemployment insurance fund. The change requires legislation. Business groups have balked at O'Malley's proposal to implement what's called the "alternative base period," which increases the period of time that is examined when determining whether someone is eligible for unemployment benefits.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman launched an "Anne Arundel County Proud" campaign Monday as part of her second State of the County address to business groups. During a 50-minute speech at a Linthicum hotel, Neuman highlighted people in the county who have made a difference for others, including a firefighter who rescued a child from a well and a police officer who nabbed a man who had allegedly used Craigslist to line up victims. She called them up to the stage and then removed her jacket to reveal an "Anne Arundel County Proud" T-shirt.
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By Julie Bykowicz | julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | February 27, 2010
Business groups that have opposed the governor's plan to cut unemployment-benefits taxes at a time when many employers are struggling say they will announce Monday whether they've been won over by a compromise plan. The groups had opposed Gov. Martin O'Malley's idea to tap into about $127 million in federal stimulus money - which could have reduced employers' taxes this year - in part because it meant a slight but permanent increase in the amount they pay into the state's unemployment insurance trust fund.
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By Patti Restivo | May 1, 2014
It's been more than a decade since Maureen Rogers helped relocate the Burtonsville Players - a nonprofit theater group that's performed in the Laurel area for more than 35 years - to the Laurel Mill Playhouse on the west end of Main Street. Well established on Main Street for her networking as the little theater's public liaison and artistic director, Rogers has taken on another job toward the other end of the street. Last year, she was hired as administrator of the Laurel Board of Trade, and works in the group's small, tucked-away office on Main Street.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1997
Lawyers for Maryland business groups took their challenge to Gov. Parris N. Glendening's controversial executive order on collective bargaining before a judge yesterday, arguing that his "gubernatorial edict" usurped the power of the General Assembly.An attorney for the state countered that the order, which granted modified bargaining rights to state employees, fell well within the governor's "very broad discretionary authority" to run the executive branch.The hearing before Judge Eugene M. Lerner in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court marked the first round in the legal battle over last spring's executive order, issued by Glendening after the General Assembly declined to enact a broader collective bargaining bill backed by the governor.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2002
The Sierra Club endorsed Democrat C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger in the 2nd Congressional District race yesterday, praising his record of land preservation as Baltimore County executive. In making the endorsement, Carl Pope, the Sierra Club's executive director, also criticized Ruppersberger's Republican opponent, Helen Delich Bentley, saying her environmental record while serving in Congress from 1984 to 1994 was poor. Pope echoed criticism from the national League of Conservation Voters, which in August named Bentley to its "dirty dozen" list of the most anti-environment congressional candidates in the nation.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | January 20, 2010
Maryland business groups dismayed by Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to expand unemployment benefits, which could cost companies an estimated $20 million a year, are negotiating ways to offset the expense. O'Malley said last month that he wants the state to broaden the qualifying period for benefits so that the state can access about $127 million in federal money to prop up its quickly shrinking unemployment insurance fund. The change requires legislation. Business groups have balked at O'Malley's proposal to implement what's called the "alternative base period," which increases the period of time that is examined when determining whether someone is eligible for unemployment benefits.
BUSINESS
By Matthew Mosk and Matthew Mosk,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1999
A bill aimed at nudging people out of their cars and onto mass transit was bolstered in Annapolis yesterday by a rare coalition of environmentalists and business groups."
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
Three industry groups from Baltimore and Washington said Thursday that they've banded together to "solidify" the region as the top place for cyber-related business growth. The new Baltimore-Washington Cyber Task Force - formed by the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore - will work with other groups on the effort. They want to capitalize on the U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, which oversees the operation and defense of the military's information networks.
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By James Drew and James Drew,Sun reporter | November 1, 2007
Business groups, auto dealers and transit advocates urged lawmakers yesterday to change Gov. Martin O'Malley's tax proposals, including a measure to link the state gasoline tax to the rising cost of road and bridge construction materials. Several business groups, including the Greater Baltimore Committee, said O'Malley's bill, which would generate an additional $400 million per year for transportation projects, is not enough.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
The head of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce will retire this summer after nearly 15 years at the helm, the business group said Monday. Kathleen T. Snyder, president and CEO of the chamber since October 1999, plans to step down June 30. She came to the group after heading the chamber in Alexandria, Va. for seven years and serving for five years as executive vice president of the Prince George's County chamber. The chamber's board chairman, Thomas H. Graham, said in a statement that the Annapolis resident turned the state chamber into a "powerhouse organization that truly helps employers.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
Three industry groups from Baltimore and Washington said Thursday that they've banded together to "solidify" the region as the top place for cyber-related business growth. The new Baltimore-Washington Cyber Task Force - formed by the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore - will work with other groups on the effort. They want to capitalize on the U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, which oversees the operation and defense of the military's information networks.
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By Michael Dresser | March 15, 2013
Representatives of business and labor groups urged Maryland lawmakers Friday to fall in line behind Gov. Martin O'Malley plan to raise taxes on gasoline to fund transportation projects. At a morning news conference in Lawyers Mall outside the State House, Greater Baltimore Committeee president Donald C. Fry said an increase in transportation revenue is necessary for Maryland's economic health and quality of life. Fry said additional funding is needed to continue work on such major projects as Baltimore's Red Line.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2013
Maryland's business leaders are increasing efforts to speak with a louder, more unified voice to state officials, seeing in looming federal budget cuts the necessity — or opportunity — to focus more attention on the private sector. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is organizing business groups, trade organizations and employers across the state in a "competitiveness coalition" that aims to agree on a handful of priorities and talk about them with everyone — elected officials, candidates and the public.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
Infrastructure could be the least sexy word in the English language, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell acknowledged to his audience Monday morning, but "it is essential to everything we do. " While roads, rails and the electric grid — just to name a few — made the United States the greatest economic power in the world, those systems are no longer robust, Rendell said. Paltry amounts of money have been targeted for improvements to shipping channels and rail lines. Massive water main breaks have become a common occurrence as maintenance backlogs grow.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
Raquel Rojas has never worked for a company that gave her paid sick leave. Sometimes even unpaid leave isn't on offer. The Baltimore resident said a restaurant that employed her as a line cook three years ago stopped scheduling her for work after she stayed home for two weeks to recover from pneumonia. She said she had worked through worsening symptoms for several weeks — fever, mouth sores and eventually a bad cough — until she couldn't go on. "That happened to me, but also, not just to me," Rojas, 45, said through an interpreter.
NEWS
By Andrew A. Green and Laura Smitherman and Andrew A. Green and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporters | February 2, 2007
Gov. Martin O'Malley revived an issue dear to labor leaders and liberal groups in his State of the State speech this week when he deviated from his text and promised to back "living wage" legislation, a proposal that would force companies doing business with the state to pay workers upward of $11 an hour. Unions poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into O'Malley's campaign, and they contributed volunteers who worked to get voters to the polls for the Baltimore Democrat. In the first days of his term, the governor - who made a symbolic statement by inviting AFL-CIO President John Sweeney onto the State House steps with him for his inauguration - is demonstrating why he won labor's support.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | November 13, 2004
Most days, you'll find Irish immigrant John Moore on downtown Baltimore's west side, getting ready to turn what was long a sleepy insurance office into a hopping saloon with a steady flow of Harp beer and Guinness stout. Maggie Moore's Irish Bar and Restaurant is scheduled to open in April in the 147-year-old Baltimore Equitable Society building at Eutaw and Fayette streets. It will have 200 seats on two levels, original wood paneling, a gas fireplace, 20-foot ceilings and a pair of mahogany bank counters reborn as bars.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2012
Every Republican is the Maryland Senate is now equally perfect in the eyes of a conservative business advocacy group that annually ranks the votes of state legislators. In its annual Roll Call report, Maryland Business for Responsive Government, gives every member of the GOP caucus a 100 percent score for votes during this year's regular and special sessions. The total GOP solidarity on this year's rated votes stands in contrast with last year's squishily moderate performance, when two GOP senators scored in the 80s. The good news for MBRG is that the Republicans were rock-solid in their support this year.
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March 5, 2012
These area businesses and local groups are among more than 150 exhibitors and businesses by and for women represented at the 11th annual CCBC Women's Expo March 10 and 11 in the gym on the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County: Advanced Radiology Aone Services Bakers Park Bandals Footware Bay State Chiropractic Bizness Concepts The Candy Box Deltz Jewelry Dixie Chicken ...
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