State to begin assessing buyout applicants
Almost 1,400 state workers have asked for the buyout offered by Gov. Martin O'Malley as a way to shed personnel costs. The number, shy of the 1,500 he was seeking, is likely to drop further in the coming days.
Employees have until Friday to rescind their offer. And not all who applied will be granted the buyout. Some employees have grumbled that their superiors have told them they can not participate.
Under the terms of the Voluntary Separation Program, employees who agree to retire by the end of this month would receive a $15,000 payout plus $200 for each year of service. The buyout program is designed to help avoid layoffs in a year in which the state faces a $1.6 billion deficit.
One anonymous employee who contacted The Sun and O'Malley said State Public Defender Paul DeWolfe has forbidden anyone in his office from taking one. DeWolfe said he had not blocked his employees from asking for a buyout.
Shaun Adamec, a spokesman for the governor, said eligibility vetting will begin after Friday and will take a few weeks.