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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
President Barack Obama will travel to Prince George's County on Tuesday to deliver remarks on the economy, a White House official said Friday. The trip will mark the fourth time Obama has visited Maryland in as many weeks. The president has spoken twice in Prince George's County since his State of the Union address on Jan. 28 and traveled to the Eastern Shore on Friday to speak with House Democrats attending their annual retreat. The White House provided no additional details about the nature of the president's speech.
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February 13, 2014
Domestic natural gas supply has increased enough to reduce the wholesale price to well below what foreign markets would offer for it. So Dominion and other corporate "players" as they call themselves want to send our natural gas overseas. The increased demand would increase domestic prices enough to support new fracking "plays" comparable to expansion during the original Marcellus Shale boom. The flip side includes those price increases showing up in heating and energy costs throughout North America.
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By Robert B. Reich | February 12, 2014
Why has America forgotten the three most important economic lessons we learned in the 30 years following World War II? Before I answer that question, let me remind you what those lessons were: First, America's real job creators are consumers, whose rising wages generate jobs and growth. If average people don't have decent wages, there can be no real recovery and no sustained growth. In those years, business boomed because American workers were getting raises and had enough purchasing power to buy what expanding businesses had to offer.
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By Stephanie Rawlings-Blake | February 11, 2014
Baltimore still has a lot of work to do, but our city has much more for which to be grateful. The State of the City address is an opportunity to update citizens on what government is doing to confront our most immediate challenges, but also to take stock of our progress in tackling systemic problems that have been around for decades. There is no more immediate challenge in Baltimore than our fight against violent crime. While progress has been made in reducing assaults, robberies, rapes and overall violent crime, our homicide rate remains far too high.
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By Wallace D. Loh | February 3, 2014
Maryland's economic success relies on its staggering concentration of scientific talent, superb education, highly competitive businesses and enlightened government. When they all mesh, the state's economy outpaces the competition. This has earned Maryland a designation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the No. 1 entrepreneurial state and a No. 2 ranking by the National Science Foundation for the economic impact of its concentrated research activities. But to remain competitive, we must build continually on these assets.
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By Robert B. Reich | January 29, 2014
With polls showing that a majority of Americans now believe inequality has grown over the past decade, and favor tax increases on the wealthy to expand help to those in need, conservatives want to change the subject. Those with presidential ambitions say we should focus on poverty rather than on inequality. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida points to the "lack of mobility" of the poor as the core problem. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin blames their isolation from mainstream America: "On every measure from education levels to marriage rates, poor families are drifting further away from the middle class.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to call for a renewed focus on families struggling through the nation's fickle economic recovery, repeatedly warning lawmakers that his administration intends to work around Congress if partisan bickering continues to stymie his second-term agenda. As he begins the sixth year of a presidency that has been defined largely by his rocky relationship with Capitol Hill, Obama vowed to press for an increase in the federal minimum wage, help for the long-term unemployed and improvements in education and training programs that Democrats have argued would stem the nation's growing income inequality.
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By Drew Greenblatt | January 27, 2014
Earlier this month, the powerful Senate Finance Committee met to consider crucial legislation that would grant the president Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which would make it easier for him to negotiate deals with other countries. Maryland's own Sen. Ben Cardin, who sits on that committee, will help decide whether the United States continues to lead the world in promoting jobs and market-opening trade deals or whether it falls behind. TPA is a common sense procedural agreement between the legislative and executive branches of government, and every president since Franklin Roosevelt has had it, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, where I'm an executive board member.
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January 27, 2014
No one denies Maryland needs a highly skilled workforce to compete successfully in the 21 s t -century global marketplace. So at first glance it may seem like a bad thing that enrollments in the state's community colleges have fallen sharply over the p ast three years. In fact, however, the decline may reflect good news for the state's economy because enrollment trends at community colleges often run counter-cyclical to economic conditions. During the last recession, people who couldn't find employment enrolled in community college to improve their credentials and job prospects.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama met with 250 of the nation's mayor's on Thursday -- including Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake -- to discuss the economy, manufacturing and federal investment in infrastructure. City officials are in Washington for the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Rawlings-Blake is the second vice president of the bipartisan group. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with the mayors at the White House days before the president is set to deliver the State of the Union address.
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