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November 19, 2012
Ellen Bravo of the labor-aligned advocacy group Family Values @ Work claims there were few consequences in San Francisco following passage of that city's paid sick leave mandate ("Paid sick leave urged in Maryland," Nov. 12). However, even the research Ms. Bravo cites suggests otherwise. According to data published in a survey conducted by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, industries in San Francisco that didn't offer sick leave prior to the mandate were more likely to report a negative impact on profitability.
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NEWS
October 6, 2014
Following The Sun's excellent report on the use of undue force by the Baltimore Police ( "Baltimore leaders call for change following investigation into alleged police brutality," Sept. 28), Baltimore immediately launched the typical five point program. Phase One: We need a technological solution. Let's put cameras on all the cops! Phase Two: We need tougher laws and accountability. It's the mayors fault!! It's the City Councils fault!! Let's increase the penalties for bad cops!
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NEWS
January 31, 2014
Consider not only the good news, but the overarching theme that was conveyed in the recent editorial, "Building a more entrepreneurial Maryland" (Jan. 27): Those of us who are determined to make Maryland a top-notch home for starts-ups and businesses of all kinds are working together toward this goal like never before. We are determined. Clearly, our legislators and Gov. Martin O'Malley are making a concerted effort to bolster diverse job growth, while advocacy groups like the Greater Baltimore Committee and TEDCO have created forums to move the discussion forward.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
When Republican Larry Hogan and Democrat Anthony G. Brown discuss the business climate in Maryland, it seems as if the gubernatorial rivals are talking about two different states. Hogan's Maryland is a terrible place to do business, a state where companies and residents are streaming for the borders to escape oppressive taxation and capricious regulations. His remedy: tax and spending cuts coupled with business-friendly appointments to regulatory agencies. Brown's Maryland is the state with the highest household median income and a blue-chip AAA bond rating, where top-quality educational resources and strategic investments fuel the nation's No. 1 entrepreneurial culture.
NEWS
May 31, 2011
It seems lost in the budget cutting news and rhetoric that significant cuts to private sector businesses are likely to occur as the federal, state, and local governments cut back on domestic spending across the board. Small and medium size businesses sell many goods and services to the government, and without necessary government spending, their private sector businesses (and accompanying employment) suffer also. These examples include mom and pop restaurants serving government workers locally and various vendors and contractors, whether to sell office supplies or specialized consulting expertise.
NEWS
March 21, 2011
In reply to Misty Sexton's letter that businesses can't afford the increase in gas tax ( "Consumers can afford a 10-cent gas tax increase, but many businesses can't," March 17). The idea of the 10-cents-a-gallon increase is to fix roads, bridges, etc., that need repair. If "Company B" uses 45,000 gallons of diesel a week, obviously they are doing more damage to our roads and bridges than I am using 10 gallons a week. So who should pay more? They are already paying 10 times as much as the 10 cents tax increase because gas already went up a dollar over the last few months.
NEWS
December 23, 2009
Stabilizing Maryland's unemployment system is crucial to the state's economy and business community. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce appreciates the O'Malley administration's focus on this important issue. While the administration's proposal has some merit, the Maryland Chamber disagrees with The Sun's recent editorial ("Expanding benefits is worth the price," Dec. 21). Deferring more than $80 million in unemployment insurance tax increases and expanding benefits to access $126.8 million from the federal government sounds appealing.
NEWS
November 26, 2012
Palestinians want a prosperous nation. Israel wants a permanent peace ("Israelis debate ground invasion," Nov. 20). Non-government sponsored businesses make profit from peace and free trade, regardless of the ideology of their owners. The owners will therefore tend to vote for peace and free trade, which will increase profit for their businesses. Israeli and Palestinian business owners and leaders should vote first, based on number of employees and tax revenue. Pass this vote to the people in the general elections, pointing out that these are the experts on creating jobs and prosperity.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
As a new business, "MiY Home" and "Sleep Lab Z," we are very excited for the Red Line coming two blocks from our store ( "MTA announces series of 'open houses' on Red Line," Sept. 16). We purchased two connected abandoned buildings in the back of Fells Point (Douglass Place). One factor in doing this was that Baltimore was putting in a Red Line and people could get around and visit us without getting into cars to go shop in the furniture stores outside the city. I know the Red Line is controversial, but many of my neighbors and business peers have planted down roots in homes and businesses along the stops because this project moves Baltimore closer to being a world city.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
The state of California treats all businesses as necessary evils and treat those of us in the gun business as simply evil. It makes it very clear that it doesn't want us there. Beretta is now considering moving 400 jobs out of Maryland for the same reason ("Gun control draws more than 2,000 to Annapolis," March 2). Recall that the company already moved a warehouse to Virginia in 1990 when Maryland tightened gun laws. Why would the General Assembly knowingly force out legitimate businesses and jobs from Maryland?
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
About 100 people and businesses were robbed in Baltimore for the week ending Sept. 27, a spike of more than 60 percent compared to the prior week yet down from the same time period last year.  Eight of the robberies occurred downtown or in the Inner Harbor, while the entire Southwestern District reported just three robberies. The same statistics show robberies for the year are down 12 percent compared to last year. The Northern District saw the most of any of the Police Department's nine police districts, with 21. Eight of those robberies appear to have occurred in a single incident in the 5900 block of York Road on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Morgan Eichensehr and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Reality TV makes strange bedfellows - especially on a tattoo competition show. Don Peddicord, 30, co-owner of Tattoo Dynasty in Joppa, met New York-based tattoo artist Erik Suida during a casting call for Season 2 of the Spike tat competition show, "Ink Master. " "We actually waited in line together for about six hours and he just kind of rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning," Peddicord said. "I just never really cared for his attitude about things. " But after several years of social media "bashing," Suida called on Peddicord to be his rival for the show's fifth season, "Ink Master Rivals," now airing at 10 p.m. Tuesdays.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
As a new business, "MiY Home" and "Sleep Lab Z," we are very excited for the Red Line coming two blocks from our store ( "MTA announces series of 'open houses' on Red Line," Sept. 16). We purchased two connected abandoned buildings in the back of Fells Point (Douglass Place). One factor in doing this was that Baltimore was putting in a Red Line and people could get around and visit us without getting into cars to go shop in the furniture stores outside the city. I know the Red Line is controversial, but many of my neighbors and business peers have planted down roots in homes and businesses along the stops because this project moves Baltimore closer to being a world city.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
John Morris Crocker, former owner of a plumbing supply business on Maryland Avenue, died of kidney failure Sept. 23 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. The former Glen Arm resident was 95. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of E.M. Crocker, founder of a Maryland Avenue plumbing supply company, and Dorothy Laws Crocker, a homemaker. He was a graduate of the Landon Academy in Bethesda, where he was a top scorer on its basketball team and quarterback of the football team.
NEWS
September 24, 2014
A store touting the combination of furniture and entertainment opened its second location this week in Anne Arundel County in the Cromwell Business Park near Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Sofa Store/Big Screen Store was first conceived as a prototype store two years ago in Towson, combining the retailer stores owned by Cary and Kevin Luskin. The Luskins opened The Big Screen Store in 1996 and now have 11 locations in Maryland and Virginia. “The combination concept provides customers with the ability to shop and plan for a redesign or upgrade of their living room, great room, den or basement all in one spot,” said Kevin Luskin, co-owner.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Royal Farms quietly grew over decades into one of Baltimore's most ubiquitous businesses, but last week the convenience store chain took a bigger stage. On Wednesday, the city approved a $1.25 million, five-year agreement for Royal Farms to serve as title sponsor for the Baltimore Arena, to be known starting Nov. 1 as Royal Farms Arena. The move, which comes in the midst of accelerated expansion and after years of careful branding, is a statement of bigger ambitions that simultaneously ties the retailer, headquartered in offices above one of its stores on The Avenue in Hampden, more closely to its local customers, industry watchers said "By having an arena that carries your name, you're saying, 'Not only are we the corner store, but we're the corner store in your community,' " said Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives for the National Association of Convenience Stores.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
Businesses along the Jones Falls in the Woodberry neighborhood are used to the Jones Falls surging onto roads and parking lots after rainstorms, but Wednesday's flooding wasn't normal. At Nepenthe Homebrew in Meadow Mill, owners watched the floodwaters seep into their business, rising from a depth of a few inches to several feet, said Brian Arnold, who owns Nepenthe with his fiancee, Jill Antos. Outside, the water had surged as much as 3 feet higher than flood markers under the Jones Falls Expressway, he said.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Two businesses and a park were evacuated when an underground natural gas line caught fire Tuesday afternoon, Baltimore County officials said. BGE crews were working to shut off gas after firefighters were called at 1:07 p.m. to the line in the 6900 block of Golden Ring Road. No structures were involved but the businesses in a nearby industrial park and Rosedale Park were evacuated as a precaution, officials said. No injuries were reported. jkanderson@baltsun.com twitter.com/janders5
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 18, 2014
"I think they're going too far with Ray Rice. " So said a civil servant I know only in passing, making small talk the other day. No, it is not the majority opinion, but neither is the guy alone. Last week, USA Today quoted women fans who pointedly support Rice, the NFL star dropped by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the league this month for a February incident in which he cold-cocked his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer. "I've met the guy," said one. "He's such a sweet guy. " "I'm supporting him all the way around," said another woman, herself a survivor of domestic abuse.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A new five-year deal between the port of Baltimore and high-end automaker BMW will keep bringing an estimated $2.5 billion worth of vehicles through what is already the top auto import operation in the nation. Officials announced the extended partnership - and a large new BMW processing center at one of the port's terminals - at a waterfront gathering Thursday, saying the new facility will bolster Baltimore's dominance in the market, create 200 jobs and set the course for growth.
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