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December 11, 2008

House Speaker Busch and other lawmakers will forgo pay

More than a dozen members of the state House of Delegates have told Speaker Michael E. Busch they will give up a portion of their $43,500 annual pay, voluntarily complying with an expected state employee furlough plan being developed by the O'Malley administration.

O'Malley's furlough order, when it comes, will apply only to executive-branch employees; leaders in the legislative and judicial branches of government must decide if they will impose similar restrictions.

Busch has already said he would contribut a portion of his pay equivalent to four days to the state general fund, and the Maryland Politics blog has reported on similar pledges by delegates Steven R. Schuh and Nicholaus R. Kipke, Anne Arundel County Republicans. (Busch earns $56,500 as a presiding officer.)

Other delegates who have told the speaker they will give up pay are: Prince George's County Democrat Justin Ross; Baltimore Democrat Sandy Rosenberg; Charles County Democrat Murray Levy; St. Mary's County Democrat John L. Bohanan Jr.; Baltimore County Democrats Adrienne Jones, Eric Bromwell and Stephen W. Lafferty; Cecil County Democrat David D. Rudolph; and Anne Arundel County Democrat Pamela G. Beidle.

Two lawmakers have agreed to furloughs but do not want their names publicized, the speaker's office said.

NOTE: This entry has been updated to correct the recipient of Busch's pledge, and the amount to be donated.

Posted by David Nitkin at 3:56 PM | | Comments (1)


David or Andy, When will the final furlough plan come out?

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