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NEWS
March 4, 2014
Class, here's a pop quiz on Washington's view of economics. Who gave the following unsolicited endorsements of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the refundable federal tax credit for low and moderate income workers? The program gives "families flexibility - it helps them take ownership of their lives. " "A fairly efficient poverty abatement program. " "Promotes work as it reduces poverty. " If you said President Barack Obama, who on Tuesday proposed an expansion of the tax credit as part of his fiscal 2015 budget proposal - or even the usual suspects in the liberal, socialist, income-redistributing, Wall Street-bashing end of the political spectrum - that would be understandable, but it would also be quite wrong.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
A familiar process plays out each time you see the descendant of a baseball legend in an obscure minor league ballpark. It's something both observers and the player himself have to deal with - the realization that he is not his namesake, then the understanding that such a standard is unfair and, finally, an appreciation for all the things the new generation does well. Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, has dealt with it all, and now he is earning notice for more than just his name.
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By Jolene Ivey | December 9, 2013
Consider this scenario: A single mom's baby wakes up with a fever. She can either give him a dose of Tylenol, hoping it brings the baby's temperature down long enough to make it through her shift as a waitress, or stay home and miss a whole day's pay and not be able to afford rent or day care next week. She chooses the Tylenol, feeling guilty about it. Her son infects several other children at the day care, which sends him home. His mom has to miss work to care for him, then gets sick herself.
NEWS
May 12, 2014
I have known Del. Jon Cardin for 20 years, and the Jon Cardin I know is one of the hardest workers in Annapolis. He is ready to be Maryland's next attorney general ( "Cardin regrets missed committee votes, defends absences," May 8). During his 12-year career in the House of Delegates, he has a nearly 100 percent attendance record. He has passed significant legislation on voting rights, public safety and environmental protection, and he has been a consistent voice for progressive policies across the board.
NEWS
April 28, 2010
I believe that the editorial regarding the increase in the minimum liability limits for automobile insurance policies mischaracterized the issue and missed important points. The editorial paints the issue of raising the minimums as a contest between lawyers and insurance companies. The editorial points to working families as victims of this legislation. However, it is the working families that suffer the greatest devastation from the financial losses of bad automobile accidents. It is the working family that is less likely to have the financial resources such as savings, good health insurance and disability insurance that help cushion the losses from injuries sustained in accidents.
NEWS
April 13, 1994
At $23,000 a year, a family with children doesn't have a lot of spare change to cover the monthly grind of groceries, utilities and other essentials, much less a little extra with which to face the inevitable emergencies of life. These are usually the families we call the "working poor," families that earn a living but whose wages barely keep them above the poverty level. In some cases, they might even be better off on welfare -- with Medicaid and other benefits -- but they'd rather work than accept public assistance.
NEWS
By John J. Sweeney | April 14, 1996
Why is [Republican National Chairman] Haley Barbour suddenly bawling like a wounded elephant? Why are politicians building a big slush fund to try to discredit labor unions and the people who lead them? And exactly why are the radical Republicans in the House and Senate raising such a ruckus to silence the voices of America's working families and their unions?Could it be because they have seen the watch fires of a thousand circling camps -- beacons tended by a gathering army of millions of working and retired Americans who are fed up with being mugged at the pay window, bullied in the back rooms of Congress and battered in the boardrooms of our giant corporations.
NEWS
By JILL ROSEN and JILL ROSEN,SUN REPORTER | June 7, 2006
`Working families' are political focus Take a soccer mom, add a NASCAR dad, blend them together in a heated election year and what do you get? A working family. Working families, a deliciously ambiguous segment of society, are hands-down the most coveted demographic among candidates vying to be Maryland's next governor. When Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. strives to mitigate the electric rate increases, he's doing it "for Maryland's working families." Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's recent win in his lawsuit against the Public Service Commission is "a victory for working families."
NEWS
February 3, 2013
The latest report from the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute makes a compelling case for raising the minimum wage, nationally and in Maryland. Legislation introduced last week in Annapolis would raise the minimum from $7.25 an hour to $10 in two years and keep it indexed to inflation - a move that EPI says will not only put $778 million more in the pockets of Maryland workers but create 4,280 new jobs from increased economic activity generated by the higher pay. We know that the reaction to many in the business community will be, as it has always been, unyielding opposition.
NEWS
By Sandra Crockett | January 13, 1991
Because of incorrect information supplied by the state Department of Human Resources, an article Sunday in The Sun misstated how much of their child-care subsidies some working families would lose.Low-income working families who have their children's day care subsidized by the state's Child Care Administration would lose their subsidies on these days only: Jan. 28, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 14, March 28, April 12, April 26, May 14, May 27, June 14 and June 28.Low-income working people whose children's day care is subsidized by the state will lose either all or part of that help, a state administrator said Friday.
NEWS
March 4, 2014
Class, here's a pop quiz on Washington's view of economics. Who gave the following unsolicited endorsements of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the refundable federal tax credit for low and moderate income workers? The program gives "families flexibility - it helps them take ownership of their lives. " "A fairly efficient poverty abatement program. " "Promotes work as it reduces poverty. " If you said President Barack Obama, who on Tuesday proposed an expansion of the tax credit as part of his fiscal 2015 budget proposal - or even the usual suspects in the liberal, socialist, income-redistributing, Wall Street-bashing end of the political spectrum - that would be understandable, but it would also be quite wrong.
NEWS
By Jolene Ivey | December 9, 2013
Consider this scenario: A single mom's baby wakes up with a fever. She can either give him a dose of Tylenol, hoping it brings the baby's temperature down long enough to make it through her shift as a waitress, or stay home and miss a whole day's pay and not be able to afford rent or day care next week. She chooses the Tylenol, feeling guilty about it. Her son infects several other children at the day care, which sends him home. His mom has to miss work to care for him, then gets sick herself.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
Sen. Nancy Jacobs' commentary was right on the mark ("Marylanders' wallets run on empty," July 2). Gov. Martin O'Malley and the many state senators and delegates in the Maryland General Assembly who voted for higher gasoline taxes, tolls and fees have placed a further burden on Maryland's working families, businesses and retirees. One of their purported goals for this ill-gotten increased revenue is the construction of more expensive light rail systems that we cannot afford and which will not pay for themselves.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
Ten protesters gathered Tuesday morning in front of The Baltimore Sun's office on North Calvert Street, rallying against a possible sale of the newspaper to Koch Industries. Headed by brothers David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, the private company has emerged as a potential buyer in Tribune Co.'s possible sale of its newspapers, according to a New York Times report last month. The Kochs are known for their support of conservative and libertarian advocacy. Similar protests have occurred outside other newspapers owned by Tribune, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.
NEWS
May 3, 2013
I'm glad that the Baltimore Sun is speaking up about what readers have known for too long: Even though our economy is improving, this prosperity isn't reaching working families ("Labor reawakens," April 26). President Barack Obama is doing the right thing by trying to move Congress to increase the federal minimum wage. It would help millions of American families that are struggling to make ends meet. But we can't wait for Congress to get this done - it's too important. Right now, families in my community and across Maryland are struggling on minimum wage, making impossible choices like deciding between paying bills or getting medication.
NEWS
By Marie-Claude Lavoie | February 21, 2013
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act. The 1993 act is a federal law requiring employers to provide employees 12 weeks of unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons, including pregnancy. On this anniversary, we should reflect on how the U.S. is unacceptably lagging behind on parental leave and on what we should do to overcome this gap. Researchers at McGill University's Institute for Health and Social Policy compared policies across the globe and found that among the 173 countries studied, five did not offer any paid parental leave.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2005
Greater Baltimore Board to give Realtors Awards The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors will present its annual Realtors Awards at a breakfast Wednesday at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley. The GBBR Realtor Awards are the local industry's top honors and recognize professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to the real estate profession and the community. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Realtor of the Year, Distinguished Sales Associate of the Year, Realtor Community Service Award, Rookie Realtor of the Year and Affiliate of the Year.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
Sen. Nancy Jacobs' commentary was right on the mark ("Marylanders' wallets run on empty," July 2). Gov. Martin O'Malley and the many state senators and delegates in the Maryland General Assembly who voted for higher gasoline taxes, tolls and fees have placed a further burden on Maryland's working families, businesses and retirees. One of their purported goals for this ill-gotten increased revenue is the construction of more expensive light rail systems that we cannot afford and which will not pay for themselves.
NEWS
February 3, 2013
The latest report from the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute makes a compelling case for raising the minimum wage, nationally and in Maryland. Legislation introduced last week in Annapolis would raise the minimum from $7.25 an hour to $10 in two years and keep it indexed to inflation - a move that EPI says will not only put $778 million more in the pockets of Maryland workers but create 4,280 new jobs from increased economic activity generated by the higher pay. We know that the reaction to many in the business community will be, as it has always been, unyielding opposition.
SPORTS
From Sun news services | September 24, 2012
The Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Monday that it has partnered with the family of Daniel Borowy to create the "Goals for Daniel" program, a fundraiser for medical costs for the 17-year-old victim of the Perry Hall High shooting last month. Borowy, who underwent three surgeries after the Aug. 24 shooting, recently returned home to continue his recovery. Goals for Daniel will begin Oct. 13 with a soccer marathon at Honeygo Regional Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Soccer players, students and members of the Perry Hall community and the surrounding areas will raise money for their participation in six-on-six soccer games.
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