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December 4, 2008

AFSCME trying to kill furloughs

State AFSCME folks tell us they're trying to negotiate a money-saving plan with O'Malley that wouldn't include furloughs. They won't say what their alternative is, though. If anybody out there knows, by all means, drop me a line.
Posted by Andy Green at 6:37 PM | | Comments (10)


I hope you will continue with this topic and investigate if the rest of Maryland government (including all elected leaders-State Assembly, judiciary, political appointees) is prepared to take comparable pay cuts. Please report thoroughly as to the number of raises that have been self-awarded to the Assembly versus the rest of the state workforce. Also, please investigate as to why nothing in the State Police warrants budget reduction. Voters and taxpayers deserve a full reporting and accounting of where their money is being cut or spent.

Stop funding the garbage at CASA who are telling the illegal immigrants how to dodge the police. That will save a bundle of money of money right there.


Why not just take away the matching 401k for a year and furlough the day after Christmas?

State employees have been on a hiring freeze for quite some time now and some are doing two or more jobs. I think they should ask State Employees how to make cuts in their own agencies and I am sure they could find all types of ways if asked. You know on any job there is always some type of waste going on somewhere and we can always tighten up a little and maybe then furloughs would not be necessary.

Taking away the 401k match for the rest of the fiscal year would save much more money than a furlough. Excellent idea! It is a better idea than loosing pay at the Holiday Season. This whole furlogh idea smacks of the Schaefer Administration - he had to do furloughs because at that time State employees did not have a 401k match.

Why should state employees be immune from the rigors of the private sector. Cut benefits, improve efficiency and eliminate unnecessary positions. Many government operations could be better designed to avoid the bureaucratic waste, especially the courts and MVA.

Stop issuing Maryland driver's licenses to illegal aliens that don't need a INS card to get a driver's license in Maryland. And if the governor is going to mandate furloughs, the least he could do is give 3, 4, or 5 vacation days to the employees to offset the cut in pay. We should be sick of paying for corporate greed.

How can the state buy 'EAST. SHORE LAND' for 71 MILLION, tell us no money is left and say they are saving..PS Maryland is richest state in union and we pay employees in ranking 40th. We already do our part..PS MR. O Malley check all your elite agencies and check appointed positions where all the layers of unneccesary waste lie..i.e. State Police, Public Safety, Corrections....NJF

the governors office should be looked at first and cuts should be made there. the workers who earn under $40k a year should be left along and the one over $60k should give more than 5 days if they go through with it. as a citizen I think everyone tens to get screwed except for the people with all the money. they seem to end up with more money... funny how that works.

Hyperbole alert!!! Rigors? Come on now?

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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