WHERE ARE THE CHURCHES THAT CAN FIGHT HARD AGAINST MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND BE SILENT AS GAMBLING TAKES OVER OUR COMMUNITIES?
SHOUT OUT AGAINST THIS AND VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!
THERE IS TOO MUCH TOP DOWN FOLKS.......WE NEED TO BRING IT BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES!
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WHAT POLITICIANS SAY AND WHAT IS TRUE IS ALWAYS AT ODDS. THE LAST ARTICLE IS A COMMENT FROM A READER WHO TELLS US HOW A HEALTH CARE WORKER LAW THAT WILL COME INTO EFFECT WILL HAVE EXTREMELY BAD CONSEQUENCES BECAUSE IT APPEARS TO BE ONE OF THOSE THAT IF LEFT UNFUNDED WILL HURT NOT HELP. DON'T LET THESE POLITICIANS GET AWAY WITH FALSE STATEMENTS!
Not Everyone In Spain Eager To Wager On EuroVegas
by Lauren Frayer NPR Gustavo Cuevas/EPA/Landov October 5, 2012
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Spaniards protest the construction of the EuroVegas gambling complex at Puerta del Sol in Madrid last month.
American billionaire, casino mogul and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson has a new project: a $35 billion gambling megacity in Europe. He has chosen debt-ridden Spain as the location for "EuroVegas," which is expected to bring up to 250,000 much-needed jobs.
But many Spaniards are divided over whether they want casinos in their backyard.
Adelson recently touched down in his private helicopter in the Madrid suburb of Alcorcon, where wind whips across empty lots and half-built apartment blocks. The area has been down on its luck since the housing collapse, and one-third of its residents are unemployed.
On this land, Adelson envisions a glittering gambling city, to rival Las Vegas — complete with 36,000 hotel rooms, 18,000 slot machines and three golf courses.
Unemployed residents like 28-year-old Ruben Alvarez say it's like a mirage in the desert — almost too good to be true.
"If it's true and they really bring 250,000 jobs here? Imagine that. Things would definitely improve here if people had work. It would let people breathe a sigh of relief," he says. "But we'll have to see if it's true."
Initial Euphoria Waning
Spanish politicians have been salivating over the jobs EuroVegas would bring. Madrid beat out Barcelona for the contract by offering concessions. Now some of the initial euphoria is waning, as Spaniards learn the terms of the deal.
Las Vegas Sands, Adelson's company, says it'll pay only 35 percent. Cash-strapped municipal authorities would somehow have to come up with the rest. Adelson's company is also asking for tax breaks and exemptions from local labor laws — to bring in foreign workers and allow smoking inside casinos, despite a nationwide ban.
In this economy, Spain doesn't exactly have much bargaining power. And some feel Adelson is taking advantage of that.
Carlos Ruiz is a retired engineer who volunteers with a group called "EuroVegas No."
"Taking into account the very bad situation of Spain, he's doing all kinds of blackmails," he says.
Ruiz worries that with Europe's highest jobless rate — 25 percent and double that for youth — Spain is willing to sell its soul for a few jobs. He says Spanish leaders have fallen for a get-rich-quick scheme.
"[A plan] that we think doesn't create good jobs, stable jobs, that harms the environment, that harms the social relations, that ignores civil rights, that brings wealth only to the investors, not to the rest of society," he says.
Tax Breaks For A Billionaire?
Madrid is thinking about taking out massive bank loans to finance its part of the deal. But Spanish banks just got a bailout from Europe.
"Citizens from the whole of Europe are lending money to Spanish banks because they are in a bad situation — hoping that someday these banks will start to give credit to small enterprises, to families, to people," Ruiz says. "But this money is going to go to Mr. Adelson, who is one of the richest men in the world. This is quite unfair."
Adelson would also get tax breaks for his investment. Economist Gonzalo Garland, at IE Business School in Madrid, says if the government is going to offer tax breaks to casinos — which could bring prostitution, drugs and the like — it needs to better explain that decision to the public.
"A lot of people might think gambling is something where you do want to charge lots of taxes rather than not," Garland says. "But I think it's very important to be careful to show that this would be an exception because of some other gains; the gains would be the tourists and all the money they'll be leaving."
Both Las Vegas Sands and Madrid's town hall failed to respond to repeated calls for interviews, perhaps because negotiations over EuroVegas are still under way.
Need For Other Sources Of Growth
Beyond any moral objections, Garland says construction is what got Spain into this economic mess in the first place. Madrid's suburbs are littered with empty buildings left over from the housing boom.
"I think it would be a big mistake for Spain to again try to rely on construction as a big engine of growth," Garland says. "What probably Spain needs is to look for other sources, and look for several — not just concentrate on one."
Subsidies for wind and solar energy — possible future engines of growth in Spain — were cut in the last round of austerity, right around the time Adelson came calling.
Back in Alcorcon, where the casinos are slated to be built, 28-year-old Ruben Alvarez kills time on a bench near town hall. He's been out of work nearly a year. He says he's not crazy about casinos, but that he'd jump at the chance to work at one, nonetheless.
"People are out on the street. Those lucky to have jobs are getting paid less and less. Every day things are getting worse," Alvarez says. "So with casinos coming, it's a good thing for the jobs, but it could also be dangerous for us — for the young people, if there's prostitution and gambling.
"It could be a bit of a temptation," he says. "Considering the situation we're in."
EVERYONE KNOWS, JUST AS THE SPANISH CITIZEN INTERVIEWED ABOVE THAT THESE JOBS ARE NOT GOOD JOBS, THEY DO HIRE FROM OTHER THAN LOCAL WORKER POOLS. AND THEY TEND TO BE PART-TIME, ESPECIALLY THOSE PAYING THE MOST. O'MALLEY KNOWS AS WELL THAT HE BARELY MADE THE THORNTON EDUCATION GOAL FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THAT WAS WITH INTENSE PUBLIC PROTEST. WHERE IS THE $800,000 THE ALGEBRA PROJECT IS IN COURT TRYING TO GET FOR BALTIMORE SCHOOL? O'MALLEY SENDS THIS MONEY TO THE INNOVATION CENTERS/ONLINE COURSES AT UNIVERSITIES
AND IT DOES BRING MORAL HAZARD. CASINOS REPRESENT A SOCIETY IN DECAY!
National Harbor Facilities The site has a convention center, six hotels, restaurants, shops, and condominiums.
O’Malley Denounces Anti-Gambling Ads As ‘Hogwash’
October 3, 2012 6:07 PM
Source: ABC News/ Wash Post 9/26-29 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) --
Gov. Martin O’Malley on Wednesday fired back against television advertisements opposing the state’s proposed gambling expansion, contending the casino company behind them is simply trying to protect its large operation in West Virginia from losing Maryland gamblers.
“It’s a bunch of West Virginia casino hooey,” the governor said.
O’Malley, speaking to reporters outside the Maryland State House, took particular umbrage at the suggestion in the ads that additional gambling proceeds won’t go to education as set out in the proposal. The ads, paid for by Penn National Gaming Inc., suggest Maryland has reneged on funding promises in the past, and that voters shouldn’t be fooled.
But O’Malley, who has made education funding a top priority of his tenure, said it was “ludicrous” to suggest Maryland hasn’t been committed to funding education during his administration, which has made record investments in schools.
“It’s silly to engage in what ifs when you look at our history and you look at every budget I’ve ever submitted,” the governor said in a follow-up interview.
However, the governor conceded it’s not possible to say how the money will be used in perpetuity under future administrations.
“You know, what’s the guarantee that a house won’t fall on Mr. Carlino tomorrow,” O’Malley said, referring to Penn National’s chairman and chief executive officer, Peter Carlino.
Maryland is in the middle of an astonishing ad blitz from both sides of the gambling issue, which will be on the ballot in November.
So far, with more than a month before Election Day, Penn National has spent more than $18 million on its campaign against a casino in Prince George’s County. Supporters, including Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International, have spent more than $14 million. Supporters tout the proposed gambling expansion as a big revenue raiser for the state that will generate thousands of jobs.
O’Malley called a special session in August, when lawmakers approved allowing table games like blackjack at Maryland casinos as well as a new casino site in Prince George’s County, where MGM wants to build a casino at National Harbor near the nation’s capital.
Penn National, which is based in Wyomissing, Pa., owns the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia, not far from the Maryland border. It also owns the Hollywood Casino in Perryville, which was Maryland’s first casino to open. It also owns Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland, which is in Prince George’s County.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
WE ARE SEEING TWO LEADING GROWTH INDUSTRIES IN MARYLAND AS IS TRUE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ONE IS THE GAMING/TOURIST INDUSTRY AND THE OTHER IS THE PRIVATE NON-PROFIT. THIS ARTICLE IS 2008, THE YEAR OF THE CRASH. TODAY THE NUMBERS FOR THESE HAVE SKYROCKETED IN MARYLAND. LOOK AT THE LAST ARTICLE TO SEE BALTIMORE'S BOARD OF ESTIMATES MEETING AGENDA TO SEE THEIR BUSINESS IS A LONG STRING OF PRIVATE NON-PROFITS FUNDED BY GIFTING ORGANIZATIONS AND CITY TAXES.
MANY OF THESE ARE NATIONAL CHAIN ORGANIZATIONS. SOME ARE SPECIAL INTEREST. NO ONE WILL SAY THEY ARE NOT HELPFUL. THE PROBLEM IS THIS:
WE ARE SEEING LOCAL REC CENTERS AND SMALL COMMUNITY NON-PROFITS CLOSING BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING DEFUNDED. THESE EMPLOY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO KNOW THE PEOPLE THEY ARE HELPING. THE PEOPLE ARE HEADING THE PROGRAM THEMSELVES.
THESE NATIONAL PROGRAMS SUPPLANT THOSE BONDS THAT ARE CRITICAL IN AT-RISK COMMUNITIES ESPECIALLY AND COMMUNITIES IN GENERAL!!!!! THIS IS HOW COMMUNITY LEADERS ARE MADE.
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF THOSE NON-PROFITS WILL BE PAID WELL WHILE THOSE UNDER WILL SEE VERY LOW OR NO PAY.
Friday, July 4, 2008 Maryland job growth booms in nonprofits Sector accounts for almost 10 percent of all employment in state by Kevin James Shay | Staff Writer Gazette.Net
Jobs in Maryland’s nonprofit sector increased almost three times faster than in the for-profit sector from 2005 to 2006, according to a Johns Hopkins University study released this week.
Nonprofit employment in Maryland rose by 2.9 percent in 2006 — the most recent year for which data are available — to about 244,000, compared with an increase of 1.1 percent to 2.6 million in for-profit jobs, the study says. The growth in nonprofit employment in Maryland is fueled by industries that consistently add jobs, such as health care, education and social services, said Stephanie Lessans Geller, research project manager with the Center for Civil Society Studies within the Baltimore university’s Institute for Policy Studies and a co-author of the report.
‘‘It’s a long-term trend that has been occurring for the past six or seven years,” Geller said.
Nonprofit employment in Maryland grew by 20.5 percent from 1999 to 2006, far more than for-profit job growth of 7.1 percent. Nonprofit hospitals that include Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System added 14,449 net jobs over the seven-year period.
Three of the four largest private employers in Maryland are nonprofits, according to figures compiled last year by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Those are Johns Hopkins University, MedStar Health and Johns Hopkins Health System.
Nonprofit organizations, which do not pay property taxes but whose employees pay income taxes, provided 9.6 percent of all jobs in Maryland in 2006, well above the national average of 7.2 percent and up from 7.2 percent in the state in 1998. State nonprofit payroll has increased from $6.1 billion in 1998 to $10.6 billion in 2006.
‘‘Nonprofit job growth is especially critical given the recent employment declines in other parts of the U.S. economy,” Lester M. Salamon, director of the Center for Civil Society Studies, said in a statement.
Doesn’t look atcurrent slowdown
The new study does not cover the current economic slowdown. In May, Maryland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ballooned to 4.0 percent from 3.5 percent in May 2007 — so far the largest year-over-year increase in 2008, according to U.S. Department of Labor figures.
But the state is still seeing overall job growth, as Maryland has added about 6,500 jobs since January, including 1,100 in May. Meanwhile, businesses across the nation have shed more than 300,000 jobs in 2008, and the national unemployment rate shot up to 5.5 percent in May from 4.5 percent a year ago.
Geller said she could not speculate on what has occurred in the nonprofit sector in Maryland the past year or so. But the latest federal figures showed job gains in Maryland in May in education and health services, which have many nonprofit employers. Losses mounted in the construction, manufacturing and finance sectors, typically dominated by for-profit companies. IT IS NO MYSTERY.....HEALTH AND EDUCATION IS THE NEXT GLOBAL WORKFORCE AND THEY ARE USING THE TAXPAYER TO GROW THEIR INDUSTRY.....JUST LIKE DEFENSE AND SPACE INDUSTRIES.
The average weekly wage for an employee of a 501(c)(3) organization was $627 in 2004, compared with $669 in the for-profit sector, according to Independent Sector, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit advocacy organization.
While nonprofit wages are generally lower than in the for-profit sector, in industries in which the two sectors converge such as health care and social services, studies have shown that nonprofit wages are actually higher than at the for-profit companies, Geller said. THAT'S BECAUSE THEY PAY ONE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WELL AND HAVE VISTAS AND VOLUNTEERS AS WORKERS. THE VISTAS ARE PAID BY TAXPAYERS.
In addition to hospitals and private universities, the nonprofit sector includes museums such as the National Aquarium in Baltimore, schools, clinics, day care centers, social service providers, symphonies, art galleries, theaters and environmental organizations.
Among state jurisdictions, Baltimore city had the most nonprofit employees in 2006 with some 84,400, followed by Montgomery County with about 39,900 and Baltimore County with about 34,400. Prince George’s County saw the largest percentage gain since 2005 among the state’s five biggest entities at 5.8 percent to about 14,400.
MOUNT VERNON PLACE CONSERVANCY, INC. $50,000.00
DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE FAMILY ALLIANCE, INC. $20,000.00 (DBFA)
CHESAPEAKE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, INC. $50,000.00
FRIENDS OF PATTERSON PARK, INC. $50,000.00
NUEVA VIDA, INC. $15,000.00
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF MARYLAND, INC. $40,000.00
DOWNTOWN SAILING CENTER, INC. $50,000.00
ARTS EVERY DAY, INC. $25,000.00
BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE OF BALTIMORE, $50,000.00
BLUE WATER BALTIMORE, INC. $25,000.00
MEALS ON WHEELS OF CENTRAL MARYLAND, $20,000.00
Choice Jobs Program, a non-profit entity
HEALTHY TEEN NETWORK, INC. $ 45,000.00
HERE IS A COMMENT FROM A READER ON HOW THESE BILLS BEING PASSED ARE MADE TO SOUND GOOD BUT HAVE THE INTENTION TO HARM. ALL OF GOVERNMENT MONEY IS GOING TO PAY FOR THE PLANNING OF PRIVATE HEALTH SYSTEMS WHILE THE PEOPLE ARE BEING UNDERMINED AT EVERY STEP! ALL MARYLAND POLITICIANS PRAISED THIS HOME HEALTH WORKER BILL AS GOOD.....
Philip Bennett said:
I am writing this as a homecare worker of 36 years, not for any homecare agency.
The Federal Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)to Domestic Service which, if put into effect, may seriously reduce the take-home pay of countless numbers of homecare workers such as I and make the lives of the people with disabilities we assist less manageable.
The changes would require the payment of minimum wage to homecare workers and mandate that homecare workers must receive time and a half pay for every hour over 40 hours per week of work done. Medicaid would bear most of the burden.
This sounds like it would be a major victory for me and my fellow homecare workers, right? But there's one big problem: where is the money to pay for this? If the law says we can't work without minimum wage or time and a half pay but the money's not there, then we won't be allowed to work those hours!
That means, instead of increasing our take-home pay, the proposal will slash all hours beyond 40 per week of our pay. For me, that's 416 hours and $4,742.40 per year I will lose.
My fellow workers who currently put in 84 hours per week will suffer a 44 hour loss -- over half their pay!
Healthcare insurance will also be harder to qualify for since it's based on the number of hours worked.
As a result, many workers will be forced to seek out second or third or forth jobs to make up the loss.
And, for the people we assist, their lives will be harder. They will either endure a reduction in homecare hours or will have to seek more workers. That means more poorly paid people in their homes with even less incentive to do a good job. Many people with disabilities have a hard enough time right now managing their assistants. The added strain will cause many to just give up and move into nursing homes.
Who benefits from this proposal? Certainly the nursing home industry. Also the homecare unions which will receive more dues-paying members even as all the members' average standard-of-living declines. Even the most poorly-paid worker in a closed shop is required to turn over at least $25.10 per month in union dues. That's a windfall for union coffers even as the average standard of living of the workers plummets.
What can we do? We can demand that, before this proposal is put into effect, funding for it be allocated and in place to begin payment immediately. Finding this money won't be easy. The federal government is 15 trillion dollars in debt (that's $15,000,000,000,000: a lot of zeros!) The states and municipalities aren't doing much better. But, until we are shown the money, this proposal is nothing but a shell game which promises a reward but leaves us worse off than before.