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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


Every GOP budget cut clobbered by Dems

March 26th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Republican legislators applied their usual persistence in trying to trim the Maryland budget Wednesday and were rewarded with their usual result: Every one of the dozen amendments they offered to reduce spending were defeated by overwhelming Democratic majorities


Dueling bills aim to help illegal immigrants or to punish them

March 12th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

State lawmakers are considering bills that would decide whether local police should help the federal government detain suspected illegal immigrants for deportation. Two delegates from opposite parties are advocating two completely different approaches to address how extensively local law enforcement agencies should cooperate with a federal program that identifies people for deportation as soon as they are arrested


Three bills seek to overhaul legislative redistricting process

March 3rd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland’s controversial legislative redistricting is again the target of bills designed to overhaul the process and make it less partisan. Legislators are trying to introduce transparency and civic participation into the redistricting procedure, which now leaves the governor in control and the process wide open to political gerrymandering


Treasurer, comptroller urge senators to restore $100M cut in pension funding

February 27th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

In unusual joint testimony, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, chair and vice-chair of the state pension board, pleaded with Senate budgeters not to permanently cut $100 million in state payments to the retirement system. They said the cut proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley had high long-term repercussions and undermined the state's credibility with bond rating agencies by reneging on promises made in 2011 pension reforms


Barry Rascovar: O’Malley’s latest pension grab

February 9th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

It takes quite a bit for the quiet, diplomatic State Treasurer, Nancy Kopp, to criticize her fellow Democrat, Gov. Martin O'Malley. But she gently laid it on the line in opposing O'Malley's $100 million budget cut for state pension contributions. "It's a question of trust," Kopp said


State treasurer Kopp opposes O’Malley’s $100M cut in Md. pension contribution

February 2nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

State Treasurer Nancy Kopp told lawmakers Thursday that she opposed Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed $100 million cut in the pension contribution, and said it would undermine trust by the state's bond rating agencies. "I think this is a very difficult thing to defend with the rating agencies," Kopp told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Administration


Unions, pension board unhappy O’Malley cut $100M in promised payment to retirement fund

January 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The largest unions representing state workers and public school teachers are upset at Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to permanently cut $100 million from extra payments into the state pension system. The money came from additional employee salary deductions required by a 2011 pension reform, and was intended to help cure underfunding in the pension system



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