State buyout numbers are in: 667 will leave
"We had to go to the printer with the budget before we had a chance to decide which we would accept," said O'Malley chief of staff Matthew Gallagher. The budget includes at $120 million cushion, which can be used to absorb the difference, said Shaun Adamec, an O'Malley spokesman.
Three agencies took the bulk of the reductions: Maryland Department of Transportation loses 125; the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene loses 124; and the Department of Human Resources loses 105.
The state's public defenders office, which has gone through a leadership overhaul in recent years, will lose 34.
Workers who leave early receive a base $15,000 lump sum plus $200 for every year of service.
The state reported that 1,230 applied for the program. Gallagher said the O'Malley administration worked with the agencies to be sure no single department was depleted.