Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for August 14-20

 Healthcare is front and center as usual these days, but we are sobered and saddened by the violence and deaths in Charlottesville over this weekend. We are gearing up for deep canvassing on more general issues, priming our communities for thinking about what’s at stake in the 2018 elections -- as well as tomorrow and the next week…

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Port Towns concrete plant has new hearing date, Aug. 22 -- Details

Port Towns residents in Prince George's County and their organizations have been fighting a proposed industrial use, a concrete batching plant in Bladensburg, at the county level. Here are details on the proposal and its drawbacks and how to support local control of development at the Aug. 22 hearing.

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Home mortgage interest deduction is regressive

Allowing tax deductions for home mortgage interest payments is a popular loophole in the US tax code but its history in other countries, and analysis of whether it actually creates home ownership and connectedness to the community, makes its supposed benefits seem hollow. Regular policy blogger Mathew Goldstein argues that the MID's lopsided benefits for the already-rich make it regressive and a candidate for reduction or capping -- and ultimately, removal from the tax code.

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Affordable housing a central issue for HoCo equality

Few communities have been as consciously designed for democratic equality as Columbia. But Howard County's development has not promoted affordability in housing for all income levels, and to restore the dream action must come bottom-up from the community, local activist Dave Bazell reports.

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Progressive Maryland weekly update for August 7-12

The weekly memo -- events around Maryland focusing on our growing list of active chapters; allies' events, and links to the blogs from the last week.

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Weekend Update: PM's Weekend of Action; Fight for $15 and more.

Here’s a Friday update for a big weekend of statewide action, talking to our neighbors, and fighting back against Ike Leggett’s bogus “study” on the effects of a $15 minimum wage.

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MoCo advocates blast sham study on $15 minimum wage

In response to a new report on the impact of gradually raising Montgomery County’s minimum wage to $15 released by PFM Group Consulting and commissioned by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Justin Vest, Lead Organizer for Progressive Maryland, issued the following statement from the Montgomery County Fight for 15 Coalition and the National Employment Law Project:

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QUICK-HIT SCARE STUDY ON $15 MINIMUM WAGE MAY HAVE LITTLE WEIGHT

It's a good idea to take a skeptical view of Ike Leggett's commissioned study of the effects of a minimum wage hike in Montgomery County. It's pro-business and anti-worker, just like Ike. A broader view of the effects of increasing the prosperity of low-wage working people shows it makes better communities. See the August 3 update with EPI analysis, below...

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PM's interns finishing work on issues that matter to the community

We've had a great group of interns working with us this summer supporting our statewide healthcare campaign and organizing in Prince George's County. Our interns have the opportunity to work on a range of issues from healthcare to fair elections to the Fight for $15 and learn vital organizing skills that can be put to use in future endeavors. If you are interested in being considered for future intern opportunities or have questions about the program, please contact Justin Vest at justin@progressivemaryland.org.

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PM Weekly Update: a week for outreach in your community

At Progressive Maryland, we've been exploring ways to not only resist, but to break through the partisan silos that often divide everyday working people. We've spent the summer talking to residents across the state and are finding people are concerned about many of the same things. Join us this coming weekend for a statewide outreach effort -- in your community.

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