More info on O'Malley salaries
Just got my hands on the Department of Legislative Services analysis of O'Malley's office staff budget for this year. This is a little wonky, but bear with me:
Traditionally, several staffers who worked in the governor's office have technically been paid through another agency. So although they work on the second floor, they would be paid by the department of budget or transportation or whatever. This year, O'Malley transferred some of those positions into his office, which accounts for 5.5 of the 7.5 new positions in the office this year. The other two are actually new. According to DLS, $423,000 of the net $496,000 increase in the office's budget this year is attributable to transferring those jobs. That mitigates the picture quite a bit.
You can check it out for yourself if you'd like. The pertinent parts are on pages 4-5.