Bobby Zirkin Exploring Ways to Curb Baltimore Violence

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin said the legislative committee he chairs plans to tackle Baltimore’s record level of violence with a multi-prong approach. “This is just the start of something that is exceptionally important,” Zirkin told the JT before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which he chairs, held a hearing on the topic in Annapolis Tuesday…. Read More

Will Preakness Stakes Remain in Baltimore?

The Preakness Stakes has always held a special place in the heart of Sandy Rosenberg. After all, Rosenberg grew up within walking distance from the iconic Pimlico Race Course in what was then a predominately Jewish neighborhood. Rosenberg, 66, a lifelong Baltimore City resident, has fond memories of some of the most famous moments in… 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

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Vows to Veto Minimum Wage Bill

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Friday afternoon announced that she will veto a bill to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. Pugh said “it is in the best interest” of the city to follow the state in raising the minimum wage from $8.75 to $10.10 by 2018 and not increasing… Read More

$15 Minimum Wage Bill Introduced in Baltimore City Council

For the second straight year, Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke is making a concerted effort to incrementally raise the city’s minimum wage over the next few years. Clarke, a Democrat who represents the 14th District, introduced a bill on Monday that would pave the way for low-wage employees 21 and older at businesses with… Read More

Minimum Wage Showdown: City Decries State Effort to Limit Powers

The debate over whether local jurisdictions should have the power to raise the minimum wage has taken center stage at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. Baltimore City Council members on Jan. 26 slammed Democratic state lawmakers at a news conference over a bill that would prevent the city and other jurisdictions from enacting their… Read More

Renewing Baltimore New City Council members talk hopes, priorities

When Zeke Cohen and Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer decided to run for the 1st and 5th District seats on the Baltimore City Council this past election, they saw it as a calling. Never mind that, if successful, it would be the first time two Jewish council members served simultaneously since 1987. Cohen and Schleifer felt the… Read More

Menorah Lighting Ushers in Chanukah for City Officials

City Hall got into the Chanukah spirit on Wednesday as Baltimore officials gathered for the third annual lighting of the City Hall menorah. While hundreds are expected to turn out for the lighting of the 30-foot Esther Ann Menorah at McKeldin Square in the Inner Harbor on Sunday, the pre-Chanukah ceremony at City Hall provided… Read More