| Jun 8, 2012
| 5:29 PM
The first big wave of layoffs hit Sparrows Point on Friday after the steel mill's owner essentially shut down its critically important blast furnace.
Joe Rosel, president of United Steelworkers Local 9477, said most of the workers told not to report back...
| Jan 9, 2013
It has become accepted economic wisdom that the only way to get control over America's looming budget deficits is to "reform entitlements."
The accepted wisdom is wrong.
Republicans trot out federal budget data showing a 32 percent increase in...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 5:21 PM
When push came to shove, Republicans and Democrats came together for a last-minute bi-partisan compromise on the so-called fiscal cliff, a combination of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that would have plunged the nation back into recession. The...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 11:38 PM
Hours before a midnight deadline Monday, the White House reached a tentative deal with Congress to stop an enormous tax hike for all but the wealthiest households and to postpone for two months tough decisions on how to cut federal spending.
After a rare...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 9:08 PM
A bipartisan plan to avoid federal spending reductions and tax increases that would hit Maryland especially hard won final approval Tuesday night in the House of Representatives even as outside groups warned that the bill would simply delay difficult...
| Jan 3, 2013
"It's not all I would have liked," said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, speaking of the deal on the fiscal cliff, "so on to the debt ceiling."
For Republicans, the battle over the fiscal cliff is only a prelude to the coming battle...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 1:05 PM
Congressional action to avert a "fiscal cliff" of higher taxes and across-the-board federal budget cuts means that government agencies will avoid many dreaded spending reductions — at least for now.
But "now" is no more than two months. The future...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 5:15 AM
Recently I was asked whether I considered myself better off today than I was four years ago ("Are you better off?" Sept. 5). My shoot-from-the-hip response was that, yes, we have made great strides, but there is much more to do.
It occurred to me later...
| Jun 10, 2012
| 5:00 AM
The group of East Baltimore elected officials threatening to derail the massive, $1.6 billion redevelopment project around Johns Hopkins Hospital undoubtedly mean well when they say drastic action is needed to ensure the community benefits promised to...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 3:26 PM
Maryland's new labor secretary will be Leonard Howie, an official at the state Department of Human Resources, the state said Monday.
Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement that he was "confident in Leonard's ability to connect Marylanders with the jobs...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 8:38 AM
If 47 percent of American voters weren't in the bag for President Barack Obama before, they certainly are now. The video of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney writing off nearly half of the American population as layabouts with no feeling of...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 5:27 AM
The poverty rate in Baltimore held steady last year with about 1 in 4 counted as impoverished by the U.S. Census Bureau — a situation that economists say reflects the fits and starts of the nation's economic recovery.
After a jump of more than 4...