A leading Maryland lawmaker said he wanted to see more assurance from Gov. Larry Hogan that he will support restored funding for education and a cost-of-living adjustment for state employees before taking up some of the governor’s legislative initiatives, but strained budget talks appeared to worsen Thursday when the Republican governor did not include any mention of the priorities in a supplemental budget.
A panel of Maryland lawmakers voted unanimously Friday for budget legislation that boosts education funding above Gov. Larry Hogan’s initial proposal and maintains a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for state employees.
Maryland has no plans to move its 75,000 active full-time state government employees into the state’s new insurance exchange, but the state is studying how to address health coverage for some contractual employees and part-time workers, a state official said.
It’s a service reduction day for state employees in Maryland.
The Maryland State Education Association turned on a “Doomsday Clock” on Wednesday outlining the wide-ranging effects of about $500 million in cuts streaking across a television screen in red, as teachers, librarians and police implored Gov. Martin O’Malley and lawmakers to call a special session to repair the damage before July 1 when they would take effect.
A $2.4 billion prescription drug contract for state employees was approved in a split vote Wednesday by the Maryland Board of Public Works, one of the largest contracts to come before the three-member panel.
Governor Martin O’Malley wished the Ravens luck as they enter the playoffs and announced “Purple Friday” for state employees.
Police shut down streets in Annapolis Monday night as thousands took part in a massive demonstration. Union members marched to Lawyers’ Mall and when they got there, they were greeted by other protesters wearing pig noses.
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration has accepted 667 voluntary buyouts from state employees to save about $29 million in the state’s general fund, which is less than the governor had hoped to save.
Maryland’s budget crunch means making some hard decisions, and the O’Malley administration is offering an option to state employees who might otherwise face layoffs.