Moved to Wed. April 16: Watch Lockheed Martin’s boondoggle F-35 try to take off! We’ll be focusing attention on our nation’s misplaced priorities at this fun street theater. At Veterans Park in Bethesda, Woodmont and Norfolk – a block off Wisconsin Ave. Street theater. Read our satiric newspaper, pages 1-2 here and 3-4 here. Help us distribute copies of the newspaper on Tues. and help us try to fly the F-35, the most expensive weapons system in the history of the planet! Parking: Public lots within walking distance at these locations: 7739 Woodmont Ave (closest); 4720 Cheltenham Dr.; 4935 St Elmo Ave. Or, you can take Metro-get off at the Bethesda stop. More at OurFunds.org
April 25-26 don’t miss the Maryland United for Peace & Justice Annual Conference in Annapolis.
As the gavel fell, confetti rained down, and balloons soared last night at 11:59pm, ending the historic 2014 General Assembly in Annapolis, my thoughts were on the real winners this session. Nearly 500,000 low wage workers will receive a much deserved pay raise as the minimum wage bill, HB 295, is implemented over the next few years. While the final bill that passed was imperfect, it’s an important step forward for families across our great state.
There are so many people to thank for their support this session: our champion legislators who stood up to the powerful business lobby, the brave low-wage workers who shared their time and life experiences with legislators, and of course, YOU! I want to thank all of you for your many contributions to this work — the time you take to read Progressive Maryland’s updates on our issues, your calls and emails to legislators, your financial support, participation at events, and so much more. Your ongoing help is vital and makes all the difference. Check back soon for our deeper analysis on how working families fared this session.
Thursday the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted nine to three to pass minimum wage. It is being sent on to the Senate floor for a vote in the morning. We have already heard that conservative Democrats and Republicans will push to extend the $10.10 phase in to 2019. We are so close to the finish line but our opponents are trying to trip us up and weaken the bill. The Chamber of Commerce and Restaurant Association are walking the halls today pushing for 2019 and we desperately need to push back. Please call your Senator at 410-946-5400 and ask them to support $10.10. And please join us outside of the capitol to show our support for the bill and remind legislators who they need to represent– Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. to make sure we have a show of support outside the Capitol as Senators are going to vote.
Stop the senseless gift to the wealthiest, cheating all the rest of us!
Both the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates passed a tragically misguided bill, HB 739, that will reduce both taxes paid by the wealthiest 3% and vital revenue for our state by about $80 million a year, unless we convince our Governor Martin O’Malley to veto it when it hits his desk soon. Read more and Take Action Now!
Can lawmakers cast a vote for widening income inequality and still wear a progressive badge?
A wise sage one said that in every moment there is a blessing and a curse. Such is the case for Maryland progressives, who are cheering the House passage of a long-overdue minimum wage hike while lamenting the House and Senate passage of a tax break for millionaires through the estate tax… READ THE FULL MARYLAND PROGRESSIVE, MARCH 25