Brown: This Labor Day, Md. Workers Should Celebrate Gains, Unite for the Fights Ahead

This Labor Day is a complex one for Maryland’s workers. On the one hand, we have much to celebrate. By organizing together at our workplaces and in Annapolis, we made significant gains toward economic and social justice. We won a $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave for workers across the state. We also won important health care measures, including legislation that lowers the cost of prescription drugs and increases access to Medicare and life-saving medication. (Md. Matters) 

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Editorial: Even the fossil-fuel industry doesn’t like the EPA’s methane rollback

President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency moved Thursday to lift limits on potent greenhouse gas emissions from the drilling and transportation of natural gas, a major fuel source for electric power plants, heating systems and industrial processes. Not only would this be bad for the environment, but also it might well do more harm than good for the fossil-fuel industry. (Wash. Post)

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Young: SNAP benefit changes would hurt thousands in Baltimore

For more than 40 million low-income Americans – including 166,000 in Baltimore – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is a critical lifeline, helping our most vulnerable get the sustenance they need. It has proven to be one of our best policies on the books to fight hunger. Unfortunately, if a proposed Trump administration regulation goes into effect, as many as 3 million Americans – including children, seniors and people with disabilities – could lose this benefit. (Balt. Sun)

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Beckman: Baltimore needs an express MARC train to D.C.

This month, developers unveiled a framework for Penn Station’s redevelopment, proposing, among other things, a second station terminal, an additional platform for express train service, and better bicycle and pedestrian access. The plans are tremendously exciting. But another change would also enormously benefit those who use the station, and it can happen almost immediately: a true express MARC train running between Baltimore’s Penn Station and D.C.’s Union Station. (Balt. Sun)

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Mossburg: Get ready for higher taxes — for the children

For Maryland Democrats, boldly taxing beyond where they have been before for public education is a mark of character. Forget whether taxpayers can afford their $4 billion extra per year dream as laid out by the Kirwan Commission. The only question is how to find the money to spend almost 10 percent more than the current state budget. To even question William “Brit” Kirwan, the former chancellor of the University System of Maryland heading the group exploring ways to improve state public schools, makes one a “nihilist” or a “reactionary,” as Gov. Larry Hogan has been labeled numerous times. (Daily Record)

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Editorial: Diversity problems in Baltimore County police aren’t new — and neither are promises to fix them

Baltimore County Council members expressed surprise at news that the county is in legal trouble with the U.S. Justice Department for hiring practices within its police department. One told a Baltimore Sun reporter Tuesday that they were “taken aback” and another “rather shocked.” Perhaps county officials get a pass for not knowing the details of why the justice department filed a lawsuit against the county, accusing it of using a biased test that eliminated African Americans from getting jobs. (Balt. Sun)

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Ed Rogers: Despite Trump’s antics, small business remains confident

This has been a remarkable week of head-spinning incoherence from this White House. And for this White House, that is saying something. Yet despite that, it appears that nothing disastrous happened at the Group of Seven meeting in France. If you just ignore the fact that President Donald Trump wants to make the G-7 the G-8 again by inviting back Vladimir Putin into the fold — and wants to host the next summit at one of his own properties — everything seems relatively normal. (Daily Record)

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Alternative Fact of the Week: Group of 7 whoppers

Whatever President Donald Trump may or may not be accomplishing on the U.S. trade front, the one-man export of high-level prevarication remains singularly robust. From tariffs to Crimea, from China to Iran, there was nary a topic that the alleged leader of the free world could not address with a strong, loudly proclaimed opinion wholly unrelated to reality. One can only wonder whether these proclamations drew bewilderment from fellow world leaders or merely a scramble to translate the words “dementia," "mania” and “brain atrophy” into German, French, Japanese and Chinese. (Balt. Sun)

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