State of Maryland Archives: on Jobs
Look to improve wages for all, not how low wages should be
Q: Do you support an increase in the federal minimum wage?
Szeliga: In my life I've worked a variety of minimum wage jobs. I put up drywall and helped build a golf course. I was a dishwasher, parking lot attendant, maid, and waitress.
With hard work, I rose up through the ranks to be the housekeeping manager at a resort and eventually the co-owner of a small construction firm with my husband.
I believe government leaders should not be arguing on how low wages should be, but should be looking for ways to improve wages for all Marylanders.
We must invest in education and training for middle-class families so we can raise our standard of living.
Source: Baltimore Sun Voter Guide on 2016 Maryland Senate race
Sep 9, 2016
We need a woman's voice in the discussion on equal pay
Both Edwards & Van Hollen promised to fight for abortion rights and equal pay. While Edwards emphasized her history as an activist and her experience as an African American woman, Van Hollen played up his leadership role in Congress and political
"A voice at the table that's a voice of a mom--of a woman--when it comes to child care and equal pay is really important; when it comes to abortion, the voice at the table of a woman is different and important," Edwards said.
Source: Wash. Post coverage of 2016 Maryland Senate debate
Mar 5, 2015
Find private sector funding for Maryland job initiatives
As a first step, I've pledged to find private sector funding for five initiatives I KNOW will get Maryland's economy moving forward and create NEW JOBS.
My transportation plan will create 105,000 jobs; my export initiative will create 5,000 jobs; and our internship plan will create 15,000 opportunities for disadvantaged high school Seniors in Maryland.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.sobhaniformaryland.com
Oct 15, 2012
We have driven unemployment down to a three-year low
Because of wise and balanced decisions about where to cut, and smart decisions about where to invest, Maryland's businesses are creating jobs again. Last year, Maryland businesses created more new jobs than we have in any year since this recession hit,
and we have driven unemployment down to a three-year low.
Source: 2012 Maryland State of the State Address
Feb 3, 2012
- By restoring fiscal responsibility with a balanced approach, you have secured Maryland's place as one of only a handful of states which earns a Triple A bond rating from all three rating
- During FY2011, more than 205,000 Marylanders received services at Maryland's 35 One Stop Employment Centers, including more than 133,000 who received staff-assisted services.
- In December 2011, Maryland's unemployment rate improved to
6.7%--the lowest level since February 2009.
- Maryland is one of nine states to hold a Triple-A bond rating from all three major credit rating agencies (Moody's; S&P; and Fitch).
Recovery & Reinvestment Act creates jobs; spend more locally
It all comes back to jobs. Building a more reliable power grid creates jobs. Rebuilding roads and renovating schools creates jobs. Building and restoring bridges creates jobs. Rebuilding water infrastructure and revitalizing community colleges
creates jobs. Building science labs creates jobs. The Recovery & Reinvestment Act--signed courageously by President Obama and implemented openly and transparently without the waste, fraud and abuse that the naysayers predicted--has
helped us create and save more than 15,000 jobs in the most recent quarter. And through our Capital Budget we can help create and retain 15,000 more. This includes jobs building and refurbishing schools, with the
$250 million investment we're once again proposing for school construction.
Source: 2011 Maryland State of the State Address
Feb 3, 2011
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