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Pugh vetoes bill that would raise Baltimore minimum wage

Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed legislation Friday that would have raised the minimum wage in Baltimore to $15 by 2022, leaving the measure's future in question. The council — which next meets on April 3 — would need 12 of its 15 members to vote to overturn the veto. On Friday, the 12-member coalition...

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    • More medical marijuana licenses would be awarded in deal reached by Maryland legislative leaders

      More medical marijuana licenses would be awarded in deal reached by Maryland legislative leaders

      General Assembly leaders have coalesced around a plan to issue an additional five medical marijuana growing licenses and increase the likelihood that several of those lucrative deals go to minority-owned companies. The consensus emerging in Annapolis about how to revamp the state's fledgling medical...

    • Rep. Andy Harris remains a 'no' on GOP health care bill

      Rep. Andy Harris remains a 'no' on GOP health care bill

      Rep. Andy Harris, a Baltimore County Republican and member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said Thursday that last-minute changes to the Republican plan to replace Obamacare are not yet enough to win his support. Harris, who ran his first campaign for Congress on a vow to repeal the Affordable...

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      Senate OKs state budget

      The state Senate approved its revision of the state's $43.5 billion budget on Thursday, though some senators expressed concern that the plan doesn't resolve long-term spending imbalances. While the budget must be balanced each year, the state's finances project a structural deficit in future years....

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    • Speaker Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

      Speaker Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

      House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." Friday's painful rebuke is an ominous sign for...

    • Trump approves Keystone XL, calling it 'great day' for jobs

      Trump approves Keystone XL, calling it 'great day' for jobs

      President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change. The presidential permit comes nearly a decade after Calgary-based...

    • 'Hello, Bob': Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead

      'Hello, Bob': Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead

      President Donald Trump called me on my cellphone on Friday afternoon at 3:31 p.m. At first I thought it was a reader with a complaint since it was a blocked number. Instead, it was the president calling from the Oval Office. His voice was even, his tone muted. He did not bury the lede. "Hello,...

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      Charter promises Trump something new ($25-billion investment) and something old (20,000 jobs)

      The chief executive of Charter Communications committed in a meeting with President Trump on Friday to invest $25 billion on broadband infrastructure while joining a trend of business leaders touting previously announced job creation at the White House. In the case of Charter — Southern California’s...

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    • Keystone XL is no done deal

      Keystone XL is no done deal

      Today's State Department endorsement of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline certainly boosts President Donald Trump's already-gaudy credentials as a world class climate change denier, but it's not clear that it will accomplish much of anything else. On paper, the TransCanada Corporation now...

    • Baltimore could be a model for racial and economic equality

      Baltimore could be a model for racial and economic equality

      The racial economic divide in Baltimore isn't pretty. Average white household income in Baltimore is nearly two times that of black households. The unemployment rate for workers of color is three times the rate for white workers. And just 13 percent of black adults in Baltimore finish a bachelor's...

    • The problem with DeVos' education agenda

      The problem with DeVos' education agenda

      Newly confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire, has used her considerable wealth to promote charter school expansion in her home state for more than two decades. According to Politico, she and her husband have made over $2 million dollars in campaign contributions to...

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    • Struggles of new East Baltimore school show challenges of integration

      Struggles of new East Baltimore school show challenges of integration

      On the day that the Henderson-Hopkins school opened its doors to let children in, Crystal Jordan marveled at its light-filled rooms, curving stairs and interior play areas. She couldn't believe her family's good fortune. In a city with so many struggling schools, her fifth-grade daughter was entering...

    • Pugh, Young to travel to Vegas for business convention

      Pugh, Young to travel to Vegas for business convention

      Mayor Catherine Pugh and City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young plan to travel to Las Vegas in May to attend the Global Retail Real Estate Convention. Baltimore's Board of Estimates, on which both politicians sit, approved more than $11,000 Wednesday for Young and two aides to attend the...

    • Bridging the Divide: The struggle to move past segregated schools

      Bridging the Divide: The struggle to move past segregated schools

      The attendance lines for 11 schools in the Catonsville area had to be redrawn to relieve overcrowding, but there was a chance to achieve something more significant, something that might improve the lives of all children: integration.

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