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O'Malley Warns Layoffs On The Way

Gov. Martin O'Malley told reporters this morning that an unspecified number of state employee layoffs will be included in the budget for next fiscal year that he submits next week to the General Assembly.

O'Malley (D) is grappling with how to close a $1.9 billion shortfall for fiscal 2010, which starts in July, and said he is left with several decisions he would rather not make.

He said his budget proposal will include the elimination of about 700 positions through attrition, on top of roughly 1,500 other vacant jobs that have been eliminated during his first two years in office.

"Attrition alone isn't going to get us to a point of a balanced budget," O'Malley said, declining to specify how many layoffs he would propose.

O'Malley said he is hopeful that the number of layoffs that are approved by the General Assembly will be lower than proposed. State leaders in Maryland and elsewhere are hoping a federal stimulus package will ease budget crunches some.

State employees are likely to take several hits in the upcoming budget. O'Malley said they are not likely to receive the raises he would like and that they may be asked to pay more for health benefits.

O'Malley's comments came following a taping of a radio show on the opening day of the legislature, during which House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) appeared earlier.

During the show, to be broadcast later today on WEAA 88.9 FM, O'Malley told host Marc Steiner that spending on most programs will not increase in the coming year.

"There will be very, very few items that will see any increase whatsoever," O'Malley said.

He said public education would be an exception and repeated a pledge to try to freeze college tuition for another year.

By John Wagner  |  January 14, 2009; 10:29 AM ET
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This really defies reason - that Maryland will lay off state workers...while tax payers are being fleeced to ensure the $3,200,000,000 ICC Toll road boondoggle is built. At least, O'Malley claims that education will not be cut. We shall see. MoCo teachers already volunteered to forgo their pay raise...that is real sacrifice.

The ICC needs to be cancelled. It has no real utility for the taxpayers being made to pay for it.

Posted by: free-donny | January 14, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

This makes a lot of sense. Cut everything important so you can build the ICC (Maryland's Road to Nowhere), that no one wants but a few big business (trust them as far as you can throw them) types. Seems like to me somebody is getting paid off in a major way. A investigation should be started there are a lot of unanswered questions that should be addressed.

Posted by: semoregood | January 14, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley is waiting on a federal stimulus package deus ex machina? Obama, please get in office and pay your buddies back right away. This incessant begging and whining is irritating.

Posted by: forgetthis | January 14, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Works well with the reported $12 million being spent in MD on the Inaugeration, too.

Posted by: DLC1220 | January 14, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"This incessant begging and whining is irritating." Especially on this board.

Posted by: Andoy | January 14, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

It's a start. That sales tax increase really worked out, hey, MOM?

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 14, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to MO'Maland where more taxes in a recession were actually expected to lift budgets and the state economy. Is anyone really surprised that the hard decisions still remain after all the Pols slapped themselves on their collective backs for the soft decisions they had made?! Spending must be reined in; tough decisions must be made; government can not be all things to all people....

Maryland, Rustbelt on the Potomac.

Posted by: lovinliberty | January 14, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

OMG--college tuition freezes will continue?! Where does MO'M come up with this stuff?!

Posted by: lovinliberty | January 14, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Perfect....but we can afford a Purple Line that serves a small percentage of Maryland's taxpayers.....

Posted by: jflo234 | January 14, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

You turds do realize that Ehrlich was the one who ran for Governor promising to deliver the ICC and was the sitting Governor when it broke ground dont you?

Probably not.

All of you are retarded.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | January 14, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Just wait until they change the welcome statement on the Welcome to Maryland sign to read "Welcome to Maryland! What's in your wallet?"

Posted by: testpilot87 | January 14, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"At least, O'Malley claims that education will not be cut."

Lol, he will just "magically" lose more millions like he did that $31 mil is all. ;)

Dude is a scam artist if ther ever was one.

Posted by: rmcazz | January 14, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Just wait until they change the welcome statement on the Welcome to Maryland sign to read "Welcome to Maryland! What's in your wallet?"

Posted by: testpilot87 | January 14, 2009 4:10 PM

Close... It's "Welcome to O'Malleyland. What's in YOUR wallet?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 14, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

VMRG is correct, the $3,200,000,000 ICC toll road boondoggle was Erlich's baby. Tax payers are now wondering why O'Malley will not cancel this pile of pork.

Posted by: free-donny | January 14, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley's economic stimulus plan was to increase the state sales tax 20%, the state income tax up to 52.6%, the car tax 20%, the corporate tax 18%. That plan only stimulated the deficit.

Delaware has no sales tax. It is now a no-brainer to shop in Delaware instead of Maryland. Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders are crossing the 85 mile border we have with Delaware every dayto do just that. People are going to Rehoboth and Dewey instead of Ocean City.

We need someone to run against O'Malley who advocates cutting the state sales tax by 3 cents to lead the nation as a jobs creating state.
O'Bama would boo the Maryland tax-increase economic stimulus plan.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | January 15, 2009 3:24 AM | Report abuse

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