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NEW PAYDAY LENDING RULES WILL CUT PREDATORY EXPLOITATION OF LOW INCOME WORKERS

New rules proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Board handcuff predatory lenders who made short-term loans that couldn't be repaid and had to be rolled over. That's the sleazy business model that made these predators huge profits at the expense of working families. Continue reading

Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo for June 1, 2016

Progressive Maryland's immediate priority is getting tipped workers included in new minimum-wage legislation in Montgomery County, with a meeting June 7 and a hearing June 21. Progressive Prince George's meets June 9. Continue reading

We Are Worth More: Fight For 15 Comes to Maryland

Progressive Maryland launches a Fight for Fifteen effort in Maryland to raise the wages of low-wage workers to a level at which a minimum decent life for families is possible. Today's minimum wage laws don't come close. Continue reading

Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo for May 25

Two early-June chapter meetings, in Montgomery (June 7) and Prince George's (June 9) kick off member-driven campaigns for better pay and better governance. Continue reading

The overtime order -- what it means for workers

Last week's presidential order on overtime pay will help all US workers, including 800,000 in Maryland, who are currently pushed for more than 40 hours' work a week without compensation because of outdated rules. Continue reading

Hogan signs Progressive Maryland top priority police accountability measure

Important measures on police accountability and criminal justice reform, top priorities for Progressive Maryland, were signed by Gov. Larry Hogan Thursday, May 19.   Continue reading

Important bills are on Governor's desk -- tell him to sign them

The Governor's final bill signing, this week, needs to include important bills like the Green Energy Jobs Act, still awaiting his action. Urge him to sign bills you care about. Continue reading

RESIDENTS IN PRINCE GEORGE’S BATTLE POWER PLANT SITING

Residents of Brandywine, in unincorporated Prince George's, say a gas-fired power plant slated for their neighborhood -- backed by county officials -- imposes health costs on them and their children Continue reading

76 Md Legislators push back on Hogan Statements on Syrian Refugees

Gov. Larry Hogan's suggestion that Maryland would not welcome refugees from Syria's lethal conflict is countered by a letter signed by 76 members of the state's General Assembly urging a welcome for them. Continue reading

PM BlogSpace Weekly Memo: union struggles, Walmart greed

Events of the week include the Prince George's Planning Board steamrolled by Walmart greed and Giant's principal union, UFCW Local 400, fights the effects of a faraway merger of the grocery's European corporate owners. Continue reading