Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Dec. 18-25, 2017

For your attention: Action today and the early week (Dec. 18-20) against the GOP tax scam; our statewide meeting Dec. 21, plus chapter meetings for Progressive Howard (Thursday, Dec. 21) and PMD Montgomery happy hour Wednesday, Dec. 20… details for all below. And, yes, we’re already talking about January (Take Action Anne Arundel County meeting Thursday, Jan. 18).

No more Memos till January 2 – but you may hear from us if circumstances warrant, holidays notwithstanding.


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Denying students' right to organize, Georgetown U. "betraying its obligation"

Georgetown University "opposes the unionization efforts of its advanced degree candidates who are working as research and teaching assistants .. , Georgetown is betraying its obligation as a Catholic and Jesuit institution to workers and the less affluent." Hal Ginsberg analyzes Georgetown's opposition to seeing its students as working people.

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GOP tax plan has potential to damage investment in wind and solar energy development

The tax incentives that have brought renewable energy sources up from 1% to 7% of the US total in a decade are threatened by the GOP tax plan. Despite heavy lobbying from pro-renewables forces it is clear that their adversaries got there first and had easy access to the tax writers. The result could be a disaster, MoCo activist Susan Nerlinger recounts here in a post from the PMD Montgomery blog site.

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PSC can help low-income Marylanders benefit from energy efficiency

 Under legislation enacted this spring, Maryland’s largest utilities and state housing officials must cut peak energy demand by 2% annually through 2020. As housing advocate Todd Nedwick writes, the Public Service Commission can and should take concrete steps to bolster the state’s efforts to improve energy efficiency in the homes and buildings of low-income Marylanders. Along with the other advantages, the growing trade in residential weatherization rehab will get a further boost.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Dec. 11-17 2017

In the Weekly Memo for Dec. 11-18:

Top of the ticket: Our statewide meeting Dec. 21, plus chapter meetings for Progressive Prince George’s (Thursday, Dec. 14) and Progressive Howard (Thursday, Dec. 21); Baltimore chapter Listening Session with the movie “13th” (Wednesday, Dec. 13) and PMD Montgomery happy hour Dec. 20… details for all below.

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The dumbing down of Smart Growth will fail to preserve MD landscape

"Smart Growth is the antithesis of sprawl, which is development outside areas planned and built for growth. It gobbles open space, increases air and water pollution, and costs more in new services than it ever offsets with taxes from new residents," Tom Horton recounts in this Bay Journal article.

"Sprawl, or Dumb Growth, [he continues] can work politically, though, at least for a while — you just call it Economic Growth, or GROWTH, which sounds all right to many people, especially bankers and developers and pavers and home builders, who are good at electing candidates who’ll butter their bread." But just for a while. Frederick County is now "toting up the cost of progress" and it's not pretty.

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GOP tax bill severely discriminates against Maryland

There are many evils in the GOP’s tax bills, as Adam Pagnucco enumerates here: redistribution to the one percent, big tax breaks for multi-nationals who ship jobs overseas, losses of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act and more.  But for Marylanders, the additional slap in the face is that the bills shift the federal tax burden away from states like Texas, South Dakota, Alaska and Mississippi and onto residents of the Free State.  All Marylanders, including Republicans, should oppose that.

 

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A small donor fair elections program can get big money out of Prince George's politics

It is more important than ever to pay for a government that is solely accountable to the everyday community members they are elected to represent. Eventually, everyone expects to “get what you pay for.”

 Find out more at Prince George's County Fair Elections Town Hall Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6) Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road in Fort Washington, MD 20744 -- Join Fair Elections Maryland and Councilmembers Obie Patterson (D-8), Mary Lehman (D-1) and Mel Franklin (D-9) and guest experts for a Prince George's County Town Hall! RSVP here.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Dec 4-11 2017

The GOP tax plan definitely puts our health care at risk, along with much else in the lives of working families. Fat cats get fatter.

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Yes, Maryland, good education is going to cost us more

A state commission on improving K-12 education – a new and different version of the Thornton Commission that mandated more state spending to equalize rich and poor school districts – is also going to propose big bucks spent on education. They don’t know how much, and have already said they won’t have that part of the job finished by their year-end deadline. But keeping Maryland students competitive – and well-educated – is clearly not going to get cheaper.

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