Jared Littmann – Minimum Wage, Maximum Pain? (E-130)

The cost of living in Maryland is staggering. But, when you live in a state that has the country’s best flag, what would you expect? So how do you level the playing field? Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour might be a good start, right? Welp, it’s a little more complicated than that when you’re a small-business owner.

Jared Littmann, owner of K&B True Value and former alderman of Ward 5 in Annapolis, could be described as a Progressive Democrat. But he’s not a fan of HB 166, which would raise the minimum wage by almost 50%. He must have a pretty good reason for this, right? He does. Jared breaks down what this legislation would mean from the perspective of someone who owns a family-run business.

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Cannabis: It’s Legal–Kinda. It’s Coming. And there is a National Cannabis Festival (E-33)

Marijuana is coming! In fact a dispensary is about to pop up on West Street in Annapolis in a few months!  We thought we should talk about it with some experts, so please welcome Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong!

Well, maybe not!  But we do have Caroline Phillips and Kevin Cranford with us today. Both are advocates for the legalization of marijuana and have been VERY vocal on the national scene in lobbying for the decriminalization and legalization for medical and recreational use.

In fact, the 2nd Annual National Cannabis Festival is about to take place at RFK Stadium in Washington on April 22nd and Caroline is the Founder & CEO of it!

We sat down on the rooftop at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge to talk about the existing laws, the coming laws, misconceptions, right-conceptions, and much more.

If you are looking to go to the National Cannabis Festival, understand it is NOT a “pot fest.” It is an educational and advocacy festival. Yes, they will have music and food and it will be a good time; but expect to see cannabis related vendors, organizations, lawmakers, how to grown, and a special area where Marylanders can meet the growers, cultivators, and dispensers. Get your questions answered and basically learn more than we can cover in an hour here on The Maryland Crabs!  Get your tickets at the link!

A special thanks to our sponsors this week including…Homestead Gardens  and Union Jack’s Annapolis!

Nourishment for this episode comes by way of Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge on West Street. The rooftop is about to open and the lamb burger is as fine and tasty as it has always been!

Thank you to everyone who wrote with suggestions for upcoming episodes. We are on it.

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Next week–we are talking developers. We sit down with Jeff Jacobson who is hoping to add on to the Eastport Shopping Center in Annapolis and create a more vibrant and livable community. Can he doe it? Tune in and see.

Looking ahead–Travis Pastrana, Congressmen Anthony Brown and John Sarbanes, St. John’s College President Chris Nelson, the new developers of Crystal Spring …now knows as Providence Point, a VERY frank discussion on opioid addiction and the crisis Maryland is facing, and much more!

BIG NEWS: We are on Stitcher Radio now too.  See you can’t turn around without finding a place to catch The Maryland Crabs 

OLD NEWS:  We are now on the app tunein.  So if you use tunein…well… tune in. As an added bonus, if you have an Amazon Echo—you can say “Alexa, play The Maryland Crabs Podcast” and she will fetch the latest episode from tunein. How cool is that?
We are now on iHeartRADIO!  So if you listen to iHeartRADIO, you can listen, rate, share, subscribe, favorite right there.  Here’s the direct link!

If you are just joining us…. make sure you check out some (or all) of our previous episodes? You really should. They could change your life. Granted, your life would have to be pretty bad. But still, we have some gems you will want to check out!  Most recently….

  • Maryland’s Comptroller, Peter Franchot was with us last week and pulled no punches. He explained what the hell it is he does besides collect the taxes and issue the refunds. He gave us some insight to how he is handling the increased fraud cases and explained how irritated he is with the legislature that will not allow him to do more! We also talked about his efforts to get AC in the Baltimore schools and making schools start after Labor Day statewide!
  • Alex Pline. OK, so you may not know the name unless you are an avid biker; but he is an Annapolitan that sits on the City’s Transportation Board and sheds some insight into what many perceive as madness with the City’s new parking contractor–SP+. We also talk about biking in Maryland and where it needs to go!
  • Mayoral Candidate Mike Pantelides talks about his upcoming re-election campaign. He takes off his Mayor’s hat, loosens his tie and talks about why and how he will win another 4 years in November of 2017.
  • Rushern Baker, IIIthe Prince George’s County Executive sat down with us to talk about how well the County is doing after being pretty much at the bottom of the barrel. His predecessor was indicted, arrested, and served time in prison for corruption, the murder rate was out of control, and because the FBI was still investigating people, he had to fire the entire management of the county and start fresh!  Now we talk MGM Grand, Harborplace, Westphalia, and the time his mom called him to make sure he wasn’t the one in jail.
  • Gavin Buckley comes back to the Crabs now that his campaign is in full swing and lays out his vision for Annapolis as he looks to unseat the incumbent Mayor, Mike Pantelides in this year’s election! Can an Aussie handle an American colonial town? Put a shrimp on the barbie, grab some vegamite and have a listen!

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Comptroller Peter Franchot, keeping Maryland’s books in order (E-32)

Peter Franchot is Maryland’s Comptroller and tasked with pretty much all things financial. Primarily he collects taxes and sits on the powerful three member Board of Public Works that doles out the dollars!

This week, we sat down with Franchot to talk about his aggressive stance on fraudulent tax preparers who are getting Marylanders in trouble. We also talk about computer fraud and why the legislature will not give his office the power to go after criminals who file thousands of fraudulent returns–it’s the “good ole boy network.”

Aside from that, Franchot was a force to be reckoned with to have schools start after Labor Day and getting much needed air conditioning in aging Baltimore City and County schools.

After representing Montgomery County in the House of Delegates, Franchot has been Comptroller for nearly a decade. He reaches across party lines and finds a way to get things done. Is this man playing the long game for a Gubernatorial run in 2018 or 2022? Tune in and find out….or not!

A special thanks to our sponsors this week including… Zachary’s Jewelers and Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Denim & Diamonds And a special thanks  to Rushern Baker for the pre-show plug!

Nourishment for this episode provided by absolutely no one!  We left starving and in search of a hot dog from Pip’s Dogs!

Thank you to everyone who wrote with suggestions for upcoming episodes. We are on it.
Next week we talk pot!  We will be talking to the organizers of the National Cannabis Festival which will be held on April 22nd in DC. We will hit on all you need to know as the weed becomes legal in Maryland. Looking ahead–Travis Pastrana, Congressmen Anthony Brown and John Sarbanes, St. John’s College President Chris Nelson, the new developers of Crystal Spring …now knows as Providence Point, and much more!

BIG NEWS:  We are now on the app tunein.  So if you use tunein…well… tune in. As an added bonus, if you have an Amazon Echo—you can say “Alexa, play The Maryland Crabs Podcast” and she will fetch the latest episode from tunein. How cool is that?
We are now on iHeartRADIO!  So if you listen to iHeartRADIO, you can listen, rate, share, subscribe, favorite right there.  Here’s the direct link!

If you are just joining us…. make sure you check out some (or all) of our previous episodes? You really should. They could change your life. Granted, your life would have to be pretty bad. But still, we have some gems you will want to check out!  Most recently….

  • Alex Pline. OK, so you may not know the name unless you are an avid biker; but he is an Annapolitan that sits on the City’s Transportation Board and sheds some insight into what many perceive as madness with the City’s new parking contractor–SP+. We also talk about biking in Maryland and where it needs to go!
  • Mayoral Candidate Mike Pantelides talks about his upcoming re-election campaign. He takes off his Mayor’s hat, loosens his tie and talks about why and how he will win another 4 years in November of 2017.
  • Rushern Baker, IIIthe Prince George’s County Executive sat down with us to talk about how well the County is doing after being pretty much at the bottom of the barrel. His predecessor was indicted, arrested, and served time in prison for corruption, the murder rate was out of control, and because the FBI was still investigating people, he had to fire the entire management of the county and start fresh!  Now we talk MGM Grand, Harborplace, Westphalia, and the time his mom called him to make sure he wasn’t the one in jail.
  • Gavin Buckley comes back to the Crabs now that his campaign is in full swing and lays out his vision for Annapolis as he looks to unseat the incumbent Mayor, Mike Pantelides in this year’s election! Can an Aussie handle an American colonial town? Put a shrimp on the barbie, grab some vegamite and have a listen!
  • Chase Cook. He’s the eyes and ears of The Capital for the City of Annapolis and he sat down and talked about the firing of the Annapolis Police Chief, the issue with public housing, undocumented residents, and the Mayor’s chance to win re-election!

Oh hell…just go back and listen to the ones you haven’t heard!  And PLEASE be sure to tell your friends about us!

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You can also hit us up on Twitter at @MDCrabsPodcast. We have no lives, so hearing from listeners really makes our day.

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