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O'Malley Orders Furloughs for State Workers

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) today announced a furlough plan under which state employees will lose the equivalent of two to five days of pay by June, an attempt to generate savings in a worsening budget climate.

The announcement came in advance of a meeting of state panel that is expected to lower state revenue estimates by $415.3 million for the current fiscal year, which ends in June, and $963.5 million for next fiscal year.

"In the midst of this deepening national recession, there are some difficult decisions before us that we wish we did not have to make," O'Malley wrote in an email to state employees.

The furlough and pay reduction plan will affect more than 67,000 employees and contractual workers whose positions are part of Maryland's general fund, the state's primary operating budget, for a projected savings of about $34 million, according to the administration. Thousands of other state employees whose salaries are paid with other funds, including transportation workers, will also be affected.

All employees subject to O'Malley's executive order will be required to forego the equivalent of at least two days of pay. Employees making more than $40,000 will be required to take the equivalent of another two to three days of furlough days between Jan. 14 and June 30.

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 16, 2008; 2:25 PM ET
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More taxes can't be far behind in MO'Maland--one of the few places where the government actively helped "this deepening national recession" with more taxes in the midst of a deepening national recession. MO'Maland--Rust Belt on the Potomac....

Posted by: lovinliberty | December 16, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

As a retired state employee, I would just point out that when hourly workers are furloughed, they don't work and their work does not get done. But salaried professional workers are not paid by the hour. They are not eligible for overtime. They are simply expected to get the entire job done, whatever nights and weekends it takes. So for them, furloughs are just a pay cut. It would be very nice if the state at least recognized this difference.

Posted by: Vince5 | December 16, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to vote for anyone else other than O'Butt-head.

Posted by: rmcazz | December 16, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I have written to many state delegates asking them if they will be subject to these furlongs. It appears that they will not be, although some that I have spoken to have voluntarily requested to be included.

Posted by: reiflame1 | December 16, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Furloughed is better then fired.

Posted by: stallonedon | December 16, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Yet Jack off Johnson takes 3 of his aids and travels to Africa on the tax payers money. He says he was working or a trade partnership with Cameroon. LOL working on out sourcing you're jobs.

Posted by: askgees | December 16, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

More tax increases by O'Malley are on the way. Funny how he raised the cigarette tax and sales tax to 6%, hurting the lower class democrats who elected him the most.
O'Malley has also made Maryland an amnesty state, further hurting the employment of Maryland democrats. You democrats just keep voting for O'Malley.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | December 16, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Actually as a state employee I want to set the furlough information straight. We have to take off December 26 and Jan 2 and use our own leave in addition to 2 days without pay and additional 2-3 days depending on our salary. So we actually are losing two leave days and 3-5 work days. I accept that this is needed, but its a bit more than we were told.

Posted by: momoftwo2 | December 16, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Furloughs should start at the top. If not once again saving will be on the back of the lowest paid.

Posted by: rlj1 | December 16, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

It seems that O'Malley would rather furlough workers and cut education so that he can still spend well over $3 billion on the Intercounty Connector. I guess that if you give enough campaign contributions, recessions don't count.

Posted by: todo33345 | December 16, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

SUPERNATURAL POWERS are pushing the Inter County Connectors in MOCO-PG and Charles in the south.

They proceed, regardless of what party places a candidate in the Governor's Mansion.

The SUPERNATURAL POWERS belong to J. Joseph Curran, Jr. who served as Attorney General to the State of Maryland from 1987 to 2007 and is the father-in-law of Governor Martin O'Malley.

CURRAN is running the State of Maryland, not O'Malley.

Posted by: properbostonian1 | December 16, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

It is long past time for the decent Democrat voters of Maryland to stop depending on a political machine which is clearly incompetent and corrupt.

In District 19 in the last State elections, newcomers stood for election and in all but one case, the incumbents were unseated and the newcomers took their place. The citizens were adamant: they were tired of the same old stuff.

This can happen all across the State, and it's time for it to happen. The Democrat Party Machine has been partying too long and seems to have toasted all of their brain cells. Like a bunch of down-and-out alkies, they're fresh out of ideas and have nothing but habits, bad habits, bad habits that are out of touch with what Maryland desperately needs.

They should have seen the present crisis coming at them like an 18-wheeler rolling down the highway. Instead, they're looking up at the sky like turkeys in the rain, and not paying attention to the road. It's time for the workaday Democrat to replace these charlatans with newcomers like we did in District 19.

Say goodbye to the incompetence of the people who got put in place by corrupt machine politics.

Say hello to good governance. Vote for a neighbor, not for a machine product.

Hey, why shouldn't _you_ run for office?

Go for it!

Posted by: thardman | December 16, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Kick them all out... Seriously...

From O'Malley down. There needs to be Illinois sized investigations to clean out the Democratic party in MD (and I usually vote Democrat). The party has been hijacked by a bunch of crooked thieves, and the lack of competition in the elections ensures this continues year after year.

Posted by: keirreva | December 16, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

It would seem that Gov. O'Money would yet again take money from the good people of Maryland in the form of furloughs.

How about furloughing Casa de Maryland and all of the illegal aliens in the state - permanently.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 16, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

We all have to remember that these cuts are impacting EVERYONE. It's not Democrats or Republicans, it's EVERYONE that is being impacted here! We thought that it was all those poor people buying "houses that they couldn't afford", but there are many, many, MANY homes listed for close to or over a million dollars in the metropolitan area that are in foreclosure also. The wealthiest are most often than not more conservative. Therefore, this has nothing to do with party and has everything to do with the state that the economy is in.

If you want to make it a party thing, then why don't the Republicans that want smaller government just accept the fact that these requirements are a necessary way to downsize the "out of control spending"? Or how about all of those conservative states that are also experiencing above 10% unemployment rates and extreme poverty... what's the problem there? "Out of control spending"? Or is it the "out of control economy"?

Something to leave you thinking about...

Posted by: mdguysc | December 16, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

How can a state provide welfare benefits to illegal immigrants and cut pay for employees??? Are the illegals going to have their benefits cut? Doubt it. The State of Maryland should put all LEGAL CITIZENS first!

Posted by: Belkis20018 | December 17, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Its time for state workers to get active and fight back against these cuts. Its much worse than just furloughs. Check out this video for more info!

Posted by: AndyKujan | December 18, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Do the furloughs include O'Mally and his close aides as well? Will he go home, or continue to work, unpaid for a week?

Anyone know? WaPo?!!?

Posted by: vmrg1974 | December 18, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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