Author Archives: Len Lazarick

Major change in pension funding proposed, eliminating extra payments

February 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The legislature's staff is recommending that lawmakers make another major change in pension funding, eliminating extra payments into Maryland's underfunded pension system and returning to full actuarial funding. The proposal would save $70 million in next year's budget and $2 billion over the next 10 years. But it would ultimately cost taxpayers $2.5 billion more than current plans for pension contributions in the following 13 years

Bill restricts governors from shifting special funds to other programs

February 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Lawmakers are moving to restrict the ability of future governors to shift money between special and general funds during the operating budget creation process. The Dedicated State Funds Protection Act (HB 787) would amend Maryland’s constitution to prohibit the governor from relocating special funds to the general fund, which is often done during the budget-balancing process and then often not repaid

Kopp recommended for fourth term as Md. treasurer

February 19th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

It was a foregone conclusion that the Special Joint Legislative Committee to Select the State Treasurer would recommend that Nancy Kopp get a fourth four-year term in one of the most powerful jobs in state government. Even the only other candidate interviewed by the committee, Bill Campbell, the Republican nominee for comptroller in the last two elections, expected that outcome

Hogan Week 3 ends on upbeat note

February 15th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The third full week of the Hogan administration ended on an upbeat note for the new governor. The Maryland Senate unanimously approved 12 cabinet appointments, while Hogan launched an expanded outreach campaign to the legislature

Hogan agrees that state employees deserve a pay hike, but says state can’t afford it

February 11th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

State employees and legislators protesting the lack of cost-of-living raises in next year's budget found an unusual supporter Tuesday -- Gov. Larry Hogan, who provided no pay raises in his fiscal 2016 budget. "This was the most difficult decision we had in the entire budget process," Hogan told reporters in a wide-ranging news conference. "I think they (state workers) deserve a pay raise."

Law seeks to make getting government documents easier

February 10th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

A wide range of nonprofit groups, including Common Cause and the newspaper association, are supporting a major reform of Maryland's Public Information Act that will limit and standardize fees, close exemptions and establish a compliance board for appeals that could also levy fines

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