Coming off the high of a successful campaign launch for Maryland for $15, imagine my surprise when I logged into Twitter to find this:
Between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people converged on Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Donald Trump’s first full day in office. Continue reading “[Photos] Women’s March on Washington”
Testimony on Montgomery County Bill 24-16 Continue reading “Testimony to the Montgomery County Council Against Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill”
Overtime pay is supposed to compensate workers for the extra time they put in away from home as well as incentivize employers to limit the need to have employees work exorbitant hours. A healthy workforce requires work-life balance, but the overtime rule has been weakened to the point that few workers actually qualify.
Continue reading “Prestige Without Pay Violates New Labor Rule”
Testimony on CR 27-2016 Continue reading “Testimony to Howard County Council in Support of Public Funding of Elections”
Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan joined what is now 31 governors–mostly Republicans–who oppose resettling refugees in their states, citing safety concerns following the attacks in Paris. This anti-humanitarian fearmongering is spreading xenophobia nationwide with severe consequences.
Recently, Kenneth Holt, the appointed secretary of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development told an audience that the state’s laws regarding lead paint exposure should be loosened because mothers could intentionally expose their children to lead in order to receive compensation. Not only did he mischaracterize the level of compensation to which victims of residential lead exposure are entitled, but he later acknowledged he did not know of any case in which this had occurred.
I’ve never known this country to be in a state of peace. I came of age under the presidency of George W. Bush and the Iraq War. My entire adult life, the U.S. has been engaged in some form of international conflict.
The U.S. is experiencing a major housing crisis that has largely been ignored. A combination of low wages, rising rents, and increased debt burdens all contribute to the problem. Among areas most impacted, Maryland ranks 7th for highest housing costs and is in need of urgent solutions.