Even if today’s chilly weather makes it hard to believe, Spring is here! We’ve had a great time gathering with supporters and allies for safe, socially-distanced outdoor actions like last week’s Rally for Environmental Justice, and we’re excited to announce more upcoming opportunities to hit the streets! Read on for more...Read more
Larry Hogan and Assembly leaders agreed today (Monday, March 28) on a tax-cut package with social spending that melds their conflicts. There’s movement on the big climate bill, the impact of the gas tax holiday, and more. Also, lots going on in Congress and agencies to catch our eyes – “Build Back Better” may come in a discount version. Our Monday "News You Can Use" blog wrapup keeps you current on federal, state and local government activity. Alas, we don't have very much news about cute animals but we will keep looking.
On Thursday, Progressive Maryland and other involved progressive groups called for passage of three laws aimed at reducing the scourge of overdose deaths in Maryland.
Today in a Maryland Matters opinion, two state legislators and a colleague from Maine -- another state hard hit by overdose fatalities -- also urge movement on one of those bills, HB 190. The measure would strengthen the state's Good Samaritan statutes. The lawmakers explain how it could ease the fears in local communities that calling for help with an overdose can have bad consequences.
Progressive Maryland today joined the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Maryland, Communities United and Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition to demand that the state, starting with the General Assembly, act quickly and thoroughly to combat the rising tide of overdose deaths in the state. Three bills awaiting action in the Assembly session can make significant progress in saving lives from the overdose epidemic in our communities.
It's Crossover Day in Annapolis! This is one of the key dates of the Maryland legislative session — if a bill hasn't passed out of at least one chamber of the General Assembly by the time lawmakers adjourn this evening, it no longer has a chance of becoming state law this session. It's a busy day for advocates and legislators alike, and we've been watching committee and floor votes closely to see which bills will still have a path forward when voting wraps up. We expect some major disappointments, but we also anticipate movement on some critically important bills. Read on for updates and actions you can take today to support progressive legislation and build a more just future for our state and communities!Read more
Here is News you can Use for this week (it’s mostly last week’s news, of course):
- Crossover day in the Assembly session, with highlights and movement on the $58b budget;
- news about money with a gas tax holiday and how it might or might not help; other tax changes;
- news about possibly dirty money from big corporadoes happy to buy more laws;
- what budget good news means in two big counties, and for whom;
- and at the federal level, progressives eye the gridlock in Congress and tell Biden: time for executive orders.
All that and more in this week’s News you can Use roundup.
Next Monday, March 21 is Crossover Day, one of the most important days in the Maryland General Assembly session. To have a chance of becoming state law, bills need to be voted out of the chamber they began in before the Crossover deadline. That means there’s less than a week left to ensure progressive legislation continues moving forward this session — we need all hands on deck!Read more
News you can use.
- Gas tax holiday sought to reduce bite of pump prices, which survey shows would reduce driving across nation;
- police records still hard to get despite new transparency law;
- climate bill struggles but gets passed while Hogan agencies found slack on pollution enforcement;
- bills tackle auto insurance costs and bad roads;
- housing is unaffordable but evictions are down;
- reproductive health in two versions;
- Maryland schools improvement program delayed/community schools
– all Maryland news that affects you and your family, plus what's going on in D.C.
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As Maryland launches (belatedly, after overriding a veto) into the Blueprint for school reform, education writer Jeff Bryant in The Progressive magazine identifies a problem of trust that can be repaired through developing these innovative "wraparound services" schools. "By emphasizing communication and trust-building," Bryant says, "they offer a solution for repairing the frayed relationship between parents and schools."
Tomorrow is International Women's Day, a global holiday celebrating the contributions of women and the ongoing struggle for gender equity and justice. The holiday originated from labor struggles at the start of the 20th century, and its recognition broadened when it was adopted by the United Nations in the 1970s.
This year, we celebrate the achievements of women leaders who are driving our society toward a more progressive future — but we also take this opportunity to celebrate the women who rarely appear on the national stage. We honor these women, the workers and organizers whose critical contributions take place largely outside the public eye. Their struggles play an essential role in our lives and in the fight for a better world.Read more