| Mar 11, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Support for decriminalizing recreational marijuana use and increasing its medicinal availability spreads like an oil spill. Colorado and Washington's decriminalization, coupled with President Barack Obama musing that marijuana is no more dangerous than...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 6:15 PM
By a wide margin, Maryland voters want to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 a hour, a poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun shows.
A majority of voters in every region of the state supports that wage increase, and the proposal has near-unanimous...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 5:17 AM
About 2,000 workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital have threatened to strike if the hospital does not agree to a wage increase of as much as 40 percent for some employees.
A union representing the hospital's service and maintenance workers, including...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:55 PM
About 2,000 service and maintenance workers seeking raises have yet to come to an agreement with Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The workers, who are members of labor union 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have threatened to strike beginning April 9 if...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 10:35 AM
No one who works full time in the wealthiest nation in the world should have to raise his or her family in poverty. Yet that has become the reality for so many workers, especially women, across our country as the minimum wage has failed to keep pace...
| 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...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 9:10 AM
It is certainly not news that obesity is a growing health problem in this country and in the city of Baltimore. What is alarming, however, is that obesity has a disproportionately higher rate and impact on low-income, non-white populations in America. The...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 5:15 AM
I decided to participate in the Food Stamp Challenge last week to confront Congress' recent benefit reduction, as highlighted in The Sun's recent editorial ("Hunger gets a boost," Oct. 29). As a social worker in D.C., I am acutely aware that food stamps...