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O'Malley: Not a Fan Of His Layoff Plan

Gov. Martin O'Malley bristled this morning at characterizations that he is pushing a plan to lay off hundeds of state workers.

The budget proposal O'Malley (D) put forward Wednesday includes about $30 million in savings that he said would be achieved by 700 layoffs. O'Malley said both Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and the media have overstated his enthusiasm for the idea, which the governor said could be avoided if the state reaps enough dollars from a federal stimulus program.

"I really hope not to do any layoffs," O'Malley said during an appearance on WTOP radio's "Ask the Governor." "I don't want to lay anyone off."

O'Malley also deflected questions about whether he could face a Democratic primary challenge from Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) in 2010.

"We've been working together well on this budget," said O'Malley, who has sparred with Franchot on slot-machine gambling and other issues. "I'm going to focus on the positive working relationship with Peter Franchot."

During an appearance on WTOP last year, Franchot initially hedged when asked whether he might challenge O'Malley and then suggested he would not.

This morning, O'Malley gave a two-word response to a question about whether he might face a rematch in the 2010 general election against former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R): "No idea."

By John Wagner  |  January 23, 2009; 11:03 AM ET
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O'Malley needs to have somebody running against him who advocates cutting the state sales tax by 3 cents. Then we will have jobs come to Maryland instead of jobs fleeing a high tax Maryland.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | January 23, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

So 700 layoffs would 'save' $30 million dollars. There would be 700 more people on unemployment. There would be 700 more people without health insurance. There would be 700 more people without a retirement plan.

Posted by: confused1 | January 23, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Layoffs should absolutely be avoided if possible. Plain and simple. Anyone in favor of layoffs should have some significant justification and reasons why no other option (reasonable) is available. Whining about taxes is not a good reason to remove the livelyhood from working families.

Taxes have been raised in nearly every state and county in the nation. Its not pleasant, but just may be necessary to save the country.

Posted by: free-donny | January 23, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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