| Oct 16, 2013
| 9:31 PM
A bipartisan deal to reopen the government and extend the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling into early next year won overwhelming support in Congress late Wednesday, allowing tens of thousands of federal employees in Maryland to return to work starting...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 12:28 PM
One of the top complaints of Angelenos in recent years has been the, shall we say, sub-optimal condition of the city's roads. If city officials can persuade more residents to get out of their cars and onto their bicycles, the wear and tear on the roads...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 11:38 AM
In a research lab in East Baltimore, rats that provide clues to how the brain degenerates with age could grow too old or even die before scientists can complete their experiments.
At a homeless shelter, a Baltimore mother feeds her underweight toddler...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 1:56 PM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown that has idled hundreds of thousands of workers is starting to ripple through states, which are now laying off employees and warning of thousands of additional furloughs if the budget...
| Oct 13, 2013
The heroic effort of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2011 to rein in public employee unions has started to produce results.
One of Walker's reforms required a majority of members to vote each year to certify the union as its representative. Since that...
| Oct 11, 2013
Congress has two jobs to do: 1.) Pay the bills by raising the debt ceiling; and 2.) fund the government through the end of fiscal year 2014, which ends next September.
Because Congress has not done its job, I, as a federal employee, am now spending...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 3:58 PM
I recently read a claim that underfunded pension obligations for city employees were imaginary.
Consider the following hypothetical, which is analogous to what's facing thousands of public employees in the California Public Employee Retirement System...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 4:08 PM
Some Illinois workers told to stay home were called back to their jobs Wednesday, while others began preparing for furloughs, highlighting the ongoing uncertainty caused by the partial shutdown of the federal government.
Several dozen state workers...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 10:48 AM
The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill Saturday to provide back pay to 800,000 furloughed federal employees when the government shutdown ends.
If approved by the Senate, the proposal would limit the economic impact of the shutdown....
| Oct 7, 2013
| 5:22 PM
Furloughed federal workers have filed more than 16,000 unemployment insurance applications — more than four times the number typically received from that sector in a year.
While idled federal workers are eligible to collect unemployment benefits,...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 8:15 AM
On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a bill to guarantee furloughed federal employees back pay 407-0. So, if federal employees are going to be paid eventually, why not allow them to come back and do their jobs? Otherwise, it's not a furlough,...