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December 8, 2008

Another legislator furloughs himself

Nic Kipke, a first-term Republican delegate from Anne Arundel, just announced that he, too, will voluntarily participate in the state government furlough. He joins his delegation-mate Steve Schuh, who announced his intention to participate in the furlough this afternoon.

"I believe it is only fair that elected officials be included in the furlough plan that is being forced on our state employees. We are the people who make decisions that determine the direction of state spending and should not be immune to the consequences of our actions," Kipke said in a statement.

No word on how Kipke will handle the actual mechanics of participating in the furlough; the state constitution prohibits the government from forcing legislators to give up part of their salary, so it's not clear how he would accomplish it. Schuh said today that he'll donate part of his legislative salary to the American Red Cross of Anne Arundel County.

Posted by Andy Green at 6:41 PM | | Comments (2)
        

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You are kidding me right. He is going to take the days off and donate the money to the Red Cross.

I guess no one sees a problem here. The purpose of the furlough is to put money into the General Fund is it not? Donate it there. They CAN NOT be forced to to give up salary, but they can voluntarilt do it. But donating it to an organization that will in the end benefit the m via tax breaks is insulting

These are our leaders and decision makers? Oh my!

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