| May 12, 2014
| 10:27 AM
The bag tax is back, and we must admit it's current incarnation is a lot less objectionable than the earlier attempts. The proposal that's getting shopped around the Baltimore City Council (including at a public hearing to be held Tuesday morning at...
| May 10, 2014
| 3:43 PM
Many held signs reading "End Poverty Pay at Johns Hopkins Hospital." Some repeated union rally chants. Others brought their children and family for support. All gathered Saturday at the Inner Harbor to demand better wages and benefits from the world-...
| May 13, 2014
| 5:15 AM
I always have to laugh when I read Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column in your paper. He's always pitching his fantasy of the Republican party as the champion of "small business," when in fact we all know the Republican party is the champion of big,...
| May 21, 2014
| 3:45 PM
The union fighting to improve service worker wages at Johns Hopkins Hospital has proposed to a state panel that it require hospitals to disclose whether their workers receive food stamps or other public assistance when reporting what benefit the...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
One only has to take a look at the story about the death of 14-year-old Najee Thomas in Cherry Hill and have lived in the inner city to understand the circumstances ("In Cherry Hill, shooting takes a good friend's life," April 23).
| Apr 15, 2014
| 8:15 AM
Johns Hopkins Hospital President Ronald R. Peterson talked about the "generous benefits" he offers to employees ("Balancing priorities and resources at Johns Hopkins," April 11).
But I'm a Hopkins employee, and I can't afford many of those "generous...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:37 AM
Over the past several weeks, I have heard from scores of constituents urging me to support an increase in the federal minimum wage - but none more frequently than Michael O'Hara.
Michael is a retired senior citizen who lives in Randallstown. He's...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 5:57 PM
The U.S. Senate is poised to give final approval Tuesday to a nearly $1 trillion bill that would dictate the nation's agriculture policy for the next five years, reduce how much taxpayers spend on food stamps and alter conservation programs for the...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:22 AM
It may be that some minimum wage earners would be harmed by an increase in the minimum wage because they would lose their jobs. But what about those who keep their jobs?
A more surprising result is this: Some minimum wage earners who keep their jobs...
| Mar 22, 2014
| 2:08 PM
The first thing Eric Miles lost was his Jeep. Then it was the apartment that he and his 12-year-old son called home.
Since the federal government cut off jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed late last year, the 54-year-old East Baltimore man has...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 11:15 AM
The minimum wage is a permanent wage for the undereducated, for whom robots and overseas labor have replaced the unskilled work that once paid a living wage ("Not so fast on minimum wage," Feb. 1). Moreover, by permitting students to leave school at age...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 5:39 PM
A 58-year-old Yemeni man living in Baltimore was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for wire fraud in a $1.5 million illegal food stamp scheme, federal prosecutors announced.
Ahmed Ayedh Al-Jabrati was convicted of trading cash for Supplemental...