Yep, a lot of the news is how the newly inked Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will affect the nation and, of course, Maryland.
But there are also changes in living costs, up, down and sideways, and how some of those (plus the usual horse-race fixation, to which we, dear progressive readers, are not immune) change the odds in electoral scenarios.
And students and teachers, as Labor Day approaches. Will there be a match?
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We’re excited to celebrate the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act! Democrats in the Senate and in the House joined forces to pass the landmark climate/healthcare/fair taxes legislation that now heads to President Biden’s desk. The sustained organizing of grassroots activists across the country paid off! Progressive Maryland supported the original Build Back Better bill that passed the House months ago and we have continued campaigning throughout the year to win a good bill in the Senate. The Progressive Caucus and progressive champions in Congress did an excellent job in pushing to keep important Rx price negotiations, the minimum corporate tax rate on billionaire corporations and serious investments in reducing this country’s carbon emissions.They also helped defeat anti-immigrant riders and numerous other bad amendments from the Republicans. The measure doesn’t address everything that workers and families need but it brings us a step closer to a better future.
When we consider the fact that not a single Republican supported the IRA, and as we watch the actions of far right Governors and state legislatures in several states, it’s clear that this could be one of the most important elections our country has ever held. The choice on the November ballot is stark and clear: Candidates who support health care for all, abortion rights, overdue changes to drug policy and reforms to our justice system. Candidates who support voting rights, the rule of law and our democracy. These candidates are up against a Republican party that supports attacks on our democracy, on women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights. They’re facing a Republican party dedicated to undermining our public education system and turning back progress on racial justice and civil rights.
The choice here in Maryland is very clear. Trumpism is on the ballot in the likes of Congressman Andy Harris and Republican nominees for Governor and Attorney General, Dan Cox and Michael Peroutka.They and their white nationalist views have now been embraced enthusiastically by Bob Ehrlich, former Maryland GOP governor who was once labeled a “moderate.”
We’re ready to organize across the state to defeat these awful candidates and we know supporters like you are, too. There are a few ways to participate and we hope that one of these actions might work for you and your busy lives. Thanks for considering staying or getting involved with us and for all that you’re doing!
For one of the wealthiest states -- by some accounts THE wealthiest -- we are doing very poorly by our children. It's a constant refrain but reinforced by the annual KidsCount report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, as we see in News You Can Use, below. Also, how the Inflation Reduction Act's climate provisions will fit nicely with Maryland's recent climate moves in the Assembly; the Hogan administration slow-walks provisions to protect workers from heat, just when the weather is at its worst; a shortage of nurses in the state; "Big Chicken" under fire from state attorneys general for ganging up on small farmers, and more. Read on.Read more
We hope you’ve seen the news and are applauding the tremendous victory yesterday! The Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a plan that invests hundreds of billions of dollars in climate change, reins in some of the power and worst practices of Big PhRMA, and will require more corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. Sulma Arias, Executive Director of People’s Action (our national affiliate) issued this statement “These investments are another step forward won by the organizers and grassroots leaders who demanded political leadership that answers to people, not corporations. Lowering carbon emissions and drug prices will give our people more breathing room in a tough economy, and making sure corporations actually pay taxes is a huge step toward a more just, people-oriented economy.”
The legislation puts the U.S. on track for the first time to meet its crucial climate commitment. It targets reducing greenhouse emissions by an estimated 40% by 2030 by making big investments in clean energy. This legislation authorizes Medicare to negotiate prices with big drug companies (at long last!) and will cap annual out of pocket costs. We prevailed on these reforms despite the millions of dollars in advertising and lobbying that Big PhRMA spent in the last two weeks.
Larry Stafford, Jr., Executive Director of Progressive Maryland said “As corporate and CEO greed drives people’s costs higher and higher, we need the relief provided by this agreement. Almost 100 million people in this country have in recent months cut their food intake, skipped treatments, or missed a payment for basic necessities like utilities so they could afford to cover a health care expense. This bill will help get health care costs and energy costs down.” Read more in the Memo...
In this week's News You Can Use, There’s no doubt that national-level news stands out this week – the stunning upholding of reproductive health protections in Kansas’s constitution and the passage of a cascade of bills in the US Senate – bills that boost US productivity in the critical chips sector, support veterans who suffered chemical injuries on active duty, and most of all passed the stripped-down but still high-potency Inflation Reduction Act in a marathon weekend of votes and countervotes.
But in Maryland, though less exciting, Larry Hogan's cherished toll roads on our friendly neighborhood Interstate get a setback, Anne Arundel County will vote on Fair Elections, and more.
Press Release: Coalition Delivers Petitions to Put Fair Elections on the Ballot in Anne Arundel County!
We are delighted to announce that a coalition led by Progressive Maryland, the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County, Common Cause Maryland, and Maryland PIRG delivered petitions with more than 11,000 signatures to the Board of Elections to put a charter amendment on the ballot that would create a small donor campaign finance system for Anne Arundel County executive and council races. If certified by the Board, the amendment will then be included on the ballot in the general election this November for consideration by Anne Arundel County voters.
Progressive Maryland is incredibly proud to have many wins with candidates they endorsed this 2022 Primary Election.Read more
Thanks to the great organizing efforts of our friends at West Virginia Citizen Action Group and a strong national grassroots movement, Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Sen. Manchin have agreed to a revised version of the Build Back Better bill (passed by the House but stalled in the Senate). The bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, has strong provisions on climate action, raising corporate tax revenue, and curbing Rx drug prices. Call our Maryland Senators (202-224-3121) and urge them to support the strongest version of the Act before they go on recess!
We are also very concerned about the candidates that Maryland Republicans elected at the top of their ticket. The views of Dan Cox (the Republican nominee running for Governor with support from Trump) and Michael Peroutka (the Republican nominee running for Attorney General who has ties to neo-Confederate organizations) pose a serious threat to some of our most vulnerable people and communities and to our democracy. We can’t take the outcome for granted in the general election! It’s critical that we inform voters all over the state about what’s at stake. Please help us power our campaign in the next 99 days. See more and find out how to fight back in the Weekly Memo
Awareness: about your rent, your electric bill, your schools, reproductive health and the Manchin dance
Lots here you might miss: The Public Service Commission gives your local Exelon franchise unmonitored access to federal $. State panel mulls how to improve teaching while state school board extends provisional teacher tickets two more years; pressure applied to build the Beltway toll lanes; Dems push another pause in student loan repayment. And more.
What a week and what a Primary Season it’s been! We’re still awaiting final results in several races and jurisdictions but a number of outcomes are clear, especially for many of our 2022 Slate Candidates.
But first, let’s highlight the statewide results. Democrats chose Wes Moore and Aruna Miller for Governor and Lieutenant Governor; Anthony Brown for Attorney General; and Brooke Lierman for Comptroller. All of these candidates and their campaigns garnered support across the state, made hundreds of speeches and appearances in which they talked about equity, justice, and building a better Maryland. Moore and Brown are both Army veterans, Miller and Lierman are both experienced lawmakers and proven progressive champions. Congratulations to all of them!
And congratulations to the Progressive Maryland Slate (launched last November) for their incredible campaign efforts over the past year. They have inspired us and galvanized tens of thousands of progressive voters from Frederick to Charles County and from Baltimore to Salisbury. We've got the whole story in the Memo; read on...