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Looming Crisis: A Center Maryland Series on Access to Maternity Care – Beth Laverick & Steve Raabe

Beth Laverick, volunteer President of the Maryland Maternity Access Coalition, and Steve Raabe, Founder and President of OpinionWorks, visit Center Maryland to discuss the support among Marylanders – Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike – for the creation of an Injured Baby Fund that would help ensure a lifetime of care based on the injury itself, rather than the outcome of a lawsuit.  Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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The Leadership Roles of Senator Catherine Pugh

Senator Catherine Pugh (D - Baltimore City) continues her conversation with Center Maryland, discussing her roles as Maryland’s Senate majority leader and president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.  Senator Pugh also describes some of her goals for this legislative session, including her plans to continue working across the aisle to make Maryland more business-friendly.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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Tom Coale: Hogan the Handyman

By: Tom Coale When Larry Hogan produced an upset victory to become the 62nd Governor of Maryland, he did so with a clear, but limited, mandate - curtail spending and cut taxes. Having repeatedly emphasized that the election of 2014 was not about social issues and that he was “just a businessman” trying to bring “fiscal sanity” back to the state he loved, Candidate Hogan branded himself with myopic focus and singular purpose – he was here to fix leaks and tighten pipes.  He was Maryland’s fiscal handyman.After being hired, Hogan threw himself into the task of fixing the structural deficit immediately.  He used the time between his election and inauguration to prepare an estimate, hire a bipartisan team of moderates to his crew, and continue his laser-focus on one thing – Maryland’s broken budget.  And in pursuit of that goal, the creative destruction that comes with putting the state’s fiscal... Continue reading
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Looming Crisis: A Center Maryland Series on Access to Maternity Care – Senator Catherine Pugh

Senate majority leader Catherine Pugh joins Center Maryland to discuss some of the bills she will be focused on this legislative session, including an injured baby fund paid for by hospitals. “We have to look at the birth injury bill…We have a real issue in the State of Maryland,” says Pugh, referring to the looming threat of reduced access to maternity healthcare statewide. Pugh also explains how common-ground bills like the injured baby fund offer real potential for bipartisan reform in the General Assembly.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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Guest Column: A New Mandate to Hit Maryland Employers?

By: Walt Townshend & Christine Walters Legislation is once again being proposed in Maryland that will significantly impact many employers.  Entitled the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, SB 40, the bill has been introduced in previous sessions of the Maryland General Assembly, and is part of a national wave, as alluded to by President Obama in his State of the Union address, when he asked Congress to “Send me a bill that gives every worker in America the opportunity to earn seven days of paid sick leave.”Maryland’s proposal would require employers with more than nine employees to: • provide up to  7 days (56 hours) of paid leave to employees working at least 8 hours per week (1 hour for every 30 hours worked).  • Accrue the leave from an employee's first day of work • Permit the employee to use the leave by at least the beginning of the 4th... Continue reading
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