ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s governor is offering buyouts to executive branch employees in a bid to cut the size of state government.

The executive order signed Tuesday by Gov. Martin O’Malley offers $15,000 plus $200 for each year of service and three months of medical, prescription and dental benefits to select employees.

Those accepted can’t rejoin state government for 18 months.

The governor’s office did not say how many of the state’s 79,000 employees would be eligible for the buyout.

O’Malley said in a statement that the state continue to face significant budget challenges and needs to cut costs. The governor’s office said eligible employees have until Jan. 4 to apply.

Maryland’s budget gap is about $1.6 billion for the next fiscal year, state budget analysts warned lawmakers last month.

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Comments (4)
  1. ann channell says:

    Are you serious, Last year it was furloughs we toke them standing tall, plus no raises….my question is what is FEDERAL doing?

  2. Jerry says:

    And where is this money coming from? Thought we had a massive budget crisis? Its a joke!

  3. Sj Mac says:

    Maryland State workers have taken their share of salary reductions and furloughs for the last three years. They have families that have been going through these difficult times with them.

    Maryland citzens that are state workers have giving up a lot of family time, spent countless extra hours of work to make sure that services haven’t been effected, because of staffing cuts; they have refinanced homes that may have been refinanced more than once in the past two years, just to keep up with monthly bills, because some families have more than one MD State worker, so the household income has been hit twice as hard.

    Utility bills have increased in the last several years, to gas-up a vehicle costs more, to buy groceries cost more than it has and the portions have deceased in size. MD State workers have made sacrifices that government workers haven’t begun to see.

    For those people who actually believe that MD State workers will not suffer if there is another round, (which will make it year number four), you really got to be insane. Year number four will make it very hard to afford to stay an employee with the State of MD.

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