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Rascovar column: Election politics trumped budget realities

July 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The $77 million in budget cuts approved last week by the Maryland Board of Public Works mark the first recognition there's a price to be paid for placing election-year politics ahead of fiscal realities. It won't be the last spending pullback, either. Maryland has a serious, ongoing imbalance between its high spending habits and its lower than expected revenue receipts. Everyone knew this was coming


Budget bill signed by O’Malley contained unconstitutional provisions, Gansler says

May 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The key budget-balancing bill signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley last Thursday contained several unconstitutional provisions, including language exempting Carroll and Frederick counties from aspects of the rain tax. That's what Attorney General Doug Gansler told O'Malley in a letter the day before he signed the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2014.


Overtime pay for state employees rises; some double their salaries

May 15th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

Although the number of overtime payments to state employees made in 2013 remained roughly the same as those made in 2012, the sum of those payments rose by more than $8 million. In 2012, the total amount of overtime paid out to all state employees totaled $126,719,585. Over 2013 the total payments rose to $135,050,262 -- over $8 million more. Roughly one-third of this increase is due to an across-the-board living allowance raise which occurred in January of


Md. state university profs make more than national average

May 14th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

Full-time professors at Maryland public universities earn a salary roughly $16,500 above the national average, but tuition at Maryland public universities has remained lower than the national average, according to data from the American Association of University Professors


State employees making $100K jumped 20% to 6,847 last year

May 13th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

The number of state employees making over $100,000 jumped dramatically to 6,847 in 2013 due to an across-the-board 2% cost-of-living raise, MarylandReporter.com’s fourth annual analysis of state salaries found. Numerically, this represented a 1,184 increase from 2012, a 20% rise in the number of state and university employees making six figures


Budget agreement reached, ditching provisions on stormwater, House of Cards

April 3rd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

House and Senate negotiators working out their differences in the $38.7 billion state budget reached agreement Thursday evening, eliminating provisions on stormwater fees and “House of Cards” property. An alternative to the stormwater remediation fee proposed by Anne Arundel Sen. James DeGrange was ultimately eliminated from the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA)


Preventing House of Cards departure might not be legal

April 2nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Legislative life mimicked legislative fiction last week when Del. Bill Frick successfully introduced an unforeseen amendment to the budget that stipulates the state could seize the property of “House of Cards” if its producers abandon the state, as they have threatened. But there’s a question if the use of this power is even legal


Budget conference approves alternative approach to rain tax

April 1st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

House and Senate conferees working on the state budget tentatively approved an alternative to the contentious stormwater remediation fee dubbed the “rain tax” by opponents. The surprise move offered by Sen. James Ed DeGrange of Anne Arundel County appears to be an end-run around environmentalists and the House Environmental Matters Committee, which has blocked any changes to the requirement that nine counties and Baltimore City impose a separate tax to clean up stormwater polluting the bay.



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