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Md. lawmakers’ paid leave proposals well-intentioned but misguided

No solution should ever add to the problem it’s meant to address, but Maryland lawmakers are about to do just that. The Maryland General Assembly is considering two paid leave proposals, HB581/SB486 and HB375/SB211, that will create major compliance challenges for employers. The ...

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The future of Md. nursing homes

We need nursing homes. Families need them. Residents need them. And our health care system needs them. But we also need to change nursing homes for the better, and we are running out of time to do it. With less ...

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Economic markets are ripe for investments

Since the first Europeans came to the New World 400-plus years ago, Americans have had a characteristic that sets them apart from most other populations, except maybe the Australians. They made a choice, while their neighbors dithered, to walk away ...

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Where Biden’s domestic policy seems to be headed (access required)

There’s not much question where the Biden administration’s domestic priorities lie. Getting the pandemic health crisis under control and moving past its attendant economic crisis were always going to be the first order of business for the new White House. It’s what comes afterward ...

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ABA’s latest guidance on practicing law virtually (access required)

Because of the pandemic, lawyers are working remotely more than ever before, and many will likely continue to do so — at least occasionally — even after the pandemic is behind us. Now that practicing law virtually is more commonplace ...

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Bridging the digital equity gap for Baltimore residents

What do digital equity and health equity have in common? More than you think. Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott committed to hiring a director of digital equity in his first several months in office. The role on the mayor’s executive ...

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Jacobs & Stewart: Hold Exelon accountable for Conowingo Dam pollution (access required)

Standing more than 100 feet tall on the lower Susquehanna River, the Conowingo Dam supports a vast reservoir — all 9,000 acres of which are now at capacity, threatening the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Nearly 200 million tons of ...

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Rosen & Coats: Understanding Md.’s pass-through tax election

An amendment (the bill) to Maryland’s income tax laws, which became effective as of July 1, 2020, and applicable to the taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2019, allows a pass-through entity, such as an S corporation or an entity ...

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How Md.’s construction industry can deal with a post-pandemic future

When 2020 began, the construction industry across the Baltimore region was thriving.  After a very robust 2019, most contractors and construction companies were looking forward to more of the same. But then the COVID-19 pandemic became the biggest disrupter anyone ...

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