Baltimore City Council Says ‘Yes’ to Paris Climate Pact

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, the Baltimore City Council on Monday unanimously voted 14-0 to pass a resolution to support the international agreement. The resolution, introduced by Councilman Zeke Cohen (D-District 1), outlines a pledge from the city to fight “practices that disrupt shortsighted… Read More

The Case for a Smaller City Council

Baltimore City faces an understaffed police force, an underfunded public school system and an underpopulated city that is at its lowest in 100 years. The oversized and expensive Baltimore City Council is always brainstorming to find solutions to its never-ending problem of the city’s budget shortfall in revenue. On Nov. 6, 2018, Baltimore City voters… Read More

Empowered! Five young politically involved women talk activism, challenges and public service

A few months ago, when Donald Trump pulled off his stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, Mandee Heinl decided not to wallow in her disappointment but to take action. Heinl, 26, of Pikesville, has in recent weeks helped organize what she calls “huddles,” groups of about 25 women in various locations around… Read More

After Mayoral Veto, Baltimore City Council Members Continue Fight for $15

Even after the latest push to raise Baltimore City’s minimum wage to $15 per hour was dealt a death blow on Monday via Mayor Catherine Pugh’s veto, Councilman Zeke Cohen is still waiting for a public explanation from supporters of the bill who flipped their positions in light of the veto. But Cohen (D-District 1)… Read More

City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke Tries to Save Minimum Wage Bill

Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, lead sponsor of the city’s $15 minimum wage bill, has launched a last-ditch effort to save her legislation, which Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed on March 24. In an interview with the JT on Friday, Clarke (D-District 14) said she is working tirelessly to get a special meeting to override… Read More

A Conundrum of Wages

Last week, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced her decision to veto a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. While the City Council practically had a veto-proof majority, one councilperson told the JT they would not go against the mayor but instead would uphold the veto, essentially killing the bill…. Read More

JT Exclusive: Pugh Veto Would Kill Minimum Wage Bill

If Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh chooses to veto a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, the City Council will not have the votes to override the veto. Since the council voted overwhelmingly on Monday in favor of the bill, Pugh has remained mum on whether she plans to sign it. But if… Read More

Baltimore City Council Preliminarily Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Despite holding both a part-time and full-time job and working at least 55 hours per week, Joshua Graham still struggles to cover his basic living expenses and make ends meet. By day, the 28-year-old West Baltimore resident works for a firm that provides security at the headquarters of T. Rowe Price at 100 E. Pratt… Read More

You Should Know… Shelley Zimmerman

Shelley Zimmerman made an unexpected career move in November when she decided to join Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer as his chief of staff. Zimmerman, 36, does not consider herself “a political person at all,” having spent the previous 10 years working in sales and marketing after earning a communications degree from Towson University… Read More

Fundraising Extends Free Bus Rides for Baltimore City Students

As a student with a 4.0 grade point average at City Neighbors High School who also happens to be a star on the school’s basketball team, Raekwon Redding has enough on his mind. Finding a ride home proved to be as big an obstacle as Redding faced in the classroom or on the court after… Read More