O'Malley Hints at Employee Furloughs
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) last night confirmed his plans to propose another round of mid-year budget cuts next month, suggesting the reductions could total about $200 million.
Appearing on Maryland Public Television, O'Malley offered few specifics but strongly hinted that employee furloughs would be part of the mix.
"Furlough days could well be a part of that," O'Malley told host Jeff Salkin on the debut of a regularly scheduled "Ask the Governor" program.
O'Malley considered but postponed the consideration of furloughs two months ago, the last time he came to the Board of Public Works with a round of mid-year budget cuts. At the time, O'Malley said another round of cuts would likely be needed in December.
Maryland is facing a budget shortfall of more than $1 billion next fiscal year, which begins in July. Cuts proposed next month are intended primarily to keep the current year's budget in balance but could help narrow next year's gap as well.
Like other states across the country, Maryland is experiencing a sharp dropoff in anticipated tax collections in the sluggish economy. Collections of the sales tax and personal income tax, the largest sources of Maryland's general fund have both been significantly affected.
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