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Small business optimism rose in April but is still weak

NEW YORK — Small business owners recovered some of their optimism during April, but they’re still wary about the economy. The National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday that its index of small business optimism rose 2 points last month, ...

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Conservative justices question health care law

WASHINGTON — Sharp questioning by the Supreme Court’s conservative justices cast serious doubt Tuesday on the survival of the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. Arguments at the high court focused on ...

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Small businesses revving for regulatory cuts

Ellen Valentino agrees with Gov. Martin O’Malley: Maryland business needs fewer regulations. In a statement addressing the governor’s State of the State address Wednesday, Valentino, the state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, said the average small business ...

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Hiring rises in November, but job openings dip

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers stepped up their hiring in November, though they advertised fewer jobs for a second straight month. The mixed data suggest the job market has strengthened but employers remain cautious. Until this fall, most of the improvement ...

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Md. business allies split over gas tax

Maryland’s business groups have dug in opposing sides of the gas tax debate, prompting early sniping between advocates that are most often allies. Transportation funding has emerged as one of the top issues for the General Assembly, one that could ...

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House approves 2 percent IWIF premium tax

ANNAPOLIS — The Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund would bolster the state’s bottom line in the spending plan under consideration by the General Assembly, a budget-balancing move that would ultimately be passed along to the company’s ratepayers. The proposal, part of ...

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Legislative leaders cool to minimum wage raise

ANNAPOLIS – Bills that would raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $9.75 an hour by 2013 enjoy the support of many liberal lawmakers, but appear destined to fail this year for lack of support among key legislative leaders. “Now is just ...

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Contributory negligence: Allegations v. fact

As a new legislative session begins it is not unusual to find misleading op/ed pieces advocating positions that protect corporations from accountability for wrongful conduct.  Nevertheless, “A sneak attack on contributory negligence?” in the Jan. 14 issue of The Daily ...

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