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.