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Is Your Lawmaker Giving Back State Pay?

Six weeks after leaders of Maryland's Senate and House of Delegates asked lawmakers to return a fraction of their pay and join in solidarity with 70,000 state workers who have been furloughed for up to 10 days to help close the state's budget gap, just over half have done so.

First Click reported this morning that 82 of 141 state Delegates have agreed to give up some pay (59 have not). Senate numbers released minutes ago look similar: 26 of 47 have (21 have not).

(UPDATE: Later in the day, staffers for Sen. James C. Rosapepe filed paperwork for eight furlough days, moving the numbers to 27 state senators giving up pay and 20 keeping it.)

State police, road workers, court employees and just about every other public employee in Maryland had no choice in August when Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Board of Public Works voted to require state employees to take up to 10 days leave without pay.
Under the state's constitution, however, lawmakers couldn't be forced to do the same.

Are your lawmakers returning a portion of their pay? Do you care? Write a comment below and let us know.

Senators and Delegates who have committed to giving back pay:

Allegany County and surrounding: George C. Edwards (R), 8 days; Washington County: Donald F. Munson (R), 8+; Frederick and surrounding: David R. Brinkley (R), 8; Norman R. Stone, Jr. (D), 8; Baltimore County: Katherine A. Klausmeier (D), 8; : Delores G. Kelley (D), 8; Edward J. Kasemeyer (D), 8; James N. Robey (D), 8; Lisa A. Gladden (D), 10; James Brochin (D), 8; Nathaniel J. McFadden (D), 8; Carroll and Howard Counties: Allan H. Kittleman (R), 8; Montgomery County: Robert J. Garagiola (D), 8; Brian E. Frosh (D), 10; Richard S. Madaleno, Jr. (D), 8; Jamin B. (Jamie) Raskin (D), 10; Nancy J. King (D), 8; Prince George's County: Paul G. Pinsky (D), 8; Nathaniel Exum (D), 8; Ulysses Currie (D), 8; Anne Arundel & Prince George's Counties: James C. Rosapepe (D), 8; Calvert and Prince George's Counties: Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (D), 10; Anne Arundel County: John C. Astle (D), 10; Bryan W. Simonaire (R), 10; James E. DeGrange, Sr. (D), 10; Edward R. Reilly (R), 8; Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot & Wicomico Counties: Richard F. Colburn (R), 8;

Allegany County: Wendell R. Beitzel (R), 8 day; Kevin Kelly (D), 10; Washington County: Andrew A. Serafini (R), 10; Christopher B. Shank (R), 8; Frederick County: Galen R. Clagett (D), 10 days; C. Sue Hecht (D), 10; Richard B. Weldon, Jr. (I), 10; Paul S. Stull (R), 5; Donald B. Elliott (R), 3; Baltimore County: Joseph J. Minnick (D), 8; John A. Olszewski, Jr. (D), 8; J. B. Jennings (R), 15; Patrick L. McDonough (R); Eric M. Bromwell (D), 8; Todd L. Schuler (D), 10; Emmett C. Burns, Jr. (D), 8; Adrienne A. Jones (D), 8; Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D), 8; Jon S. Cardin (D), 5; Dan K. Morhaim (D), 8; Dana M. Stein (D), 8; Steven J. DeBoy, Sr. (D), 8; James E. Malone, Jr. (D), 8; William J. Frank (R), 8; Stephen W. Lafferty (D), 8; Howard County: Elizabeth Bobo (D), 8; Shane E. Pendergrass (D), 8; Guy Guzzone (D), 8; Frank S. Turner (D), 9*; Montgomery County: Anne R. Kaiser (D), 10; Karen S. Montgomery (D), 3; Kathleen M. Dumais (D), 8; Brian J. Feldman (D), 8; William A. Bronrott (D), 10; C. William Frick (D), 10; Susan C. Lee (D), 10; Kumar P. Barve (D), 10; James W. Gilchrist (D), 10; Luiz R. S. Simmons (D), 20; Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (D), 10; Roger Manno (D), 8; Sheila E. Hixson (D), 10; Tom Hucker (D), 10; Heather R. Mizeur (D), 10; Saqib Ali (D), 8; Charles E. Barkley (D), 8; Kirill Reznik (D), 8; Prince George's County: Barbara A. Frush (D), 8; Anne Healey (D), 8; Justin D. Ross (D), 10; Joanne C. Benson (D), 8; Carolyn J. B. Howard (D), 8; Dereck E. Davis (D), 8; Joseph F. Vallario, Jr. (D), 10; Calvert County: Sue Kullen (D), 5; Charles County: Murray D. Levy (D); 10; Peter F. Murphy (D), 10; John F. Wood, Jr. (D), 8; St. Mary's County: John L. Bohanan, Jr. (D), 10; Anne Arundel County: Michael E. Busch (D), 10; Virginia P. Clagett (D), 10; Nicholaus R. Kipke (R), 8; Pamela G. Beidle (D), 10; Mary Ann Love (D), 8; Theodore J. Sophocleus (D). 10; James J. King (R), 8; Cecil County: David D. Rudolph (D), 8; Harford County: Donna Stifler (R), 8; Harford County: Susan K. McComas (R), 8; Dorchester & Wicomico Counties: Rudolph C. Cane (D), 4; Adelaide C. Eckardt (R), 8; Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R), 8; D. Page Elmore (R), 8; James N. Mathias, Jr. (D); 10; Baltimore City: Shawn Z. Tarrant (D), 8; Samuel I. Rosenberg (D), 10+; Ann Marie Doory (D), 8; Maggie McIntosh (D), 10; Hattie N. Harrison (D), 10; Peter A. Hammen (D), 10; Brian K. McHale (D), 8; Caroline, Cecil, Kent & Queen Anne's Counties: Richard A. Sossi (R);**

(UPDATE: **Del. Sossi was mistakenly first listed in the "NOT" having filed category).

Senators and Delegates who have NOT indicated they will give up pay:

Frederick County: Alex X. Mooney (R); Baltimore County: Larry E. Haines (R); Andrew P. Harris (R); Robert A. (Bobby) Zirkin (D); Catherine E. Pugh (D); Joan Carter Conway (D); Verna L. Jones (D); George W. Della, Jr. (D) Montgomery County: Rona E. Kramer (D); Jennie M. Forehand (D); Michael G. Lenett (D); Prince George's: Douglas J. J. Peters (D); C. Anthony Muse (D); David C. Harrington (D); Charles County: Thomas M. Middleton (D); Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties: Roy P. Dyson (D); Cecil & Harford Counties: Nancy Jacobs (R); Harford County: Barry Glassman (R); Caroline, Cecil, Kent & Queen Anne's Counties: Edward J. (E. J.) Pipkin (R); Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties: J. Lowell Stoltzfus (R);

LeRoy E. Myers, Jr. (R); John P. Donoghue (D); Joseph R. Bartlett (R); Tanya Thornton Shewell (R); Nancy R. Stocksdale (R); A. Wade Kach (R); Michael H. Weir, Jr. (D); Richard K. Impallaria (R); Joseph C. Boteler III (R); Gail H. Bates (R); Warren E. Miller (R); Susan W. Krebs (R); Montgomery County: Herman L. Taylor, Jr. (D); Craig L. Rice (D); Alfred C. Carr, Jr. (D); Ana Sol Gutierrez (D); Henry B. Heller (D); Benjamin F. Kramer (D); Prince George's County: Benjamin S. Barnes (D); Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk (D); Tawanna P. Gaines (D); James W. Hubbard (D); Gerron S. Levi (D); Marvin E. Holmes, Jr. (D); Michael L. Vaughn (D); Aisha N. Braveboy (D); Melony G. Griffith (D); Veronica L. Turner (D); Kriselda Valderrama (D); Jay Walker (D); James E. Proctor, Jr. (D); Sally Y. Jameson (D): Anthony J. O'Donnell (R); Ronald A. George (R); Don H. Dwyer, Jr. (R); Steven R. Schuh (R); Tony McConkey (R); Robert A. Costa (R); Mary-Dulany James (D); B. Daniel Riley (D); H. Wayne Norman, Jr. (R); Michael D. Smigiel, Sr. (R); Mary Roe Walkup (R); Norman H. Conway (D); Frank M. Conaway, Jr. (D); Barbara A. Robinson (D); Jill P. Carter (D); Nathaniel T. Oaks (D); Susan L. M. Aumann (R); Curtis S. (Curt) Anderson (D); Ruth M. Kirk (D); Melvin L. Stukes (D); Talmadge Branch (D); Cheryl D. Glenn (D); Carolyn J. Krysiak (D); Keith E. Haynes (D); Jolene Ivey (D); Doyle L. Niemann (D); Victor R. Ramirez (D)

By Aaron C. Davis  |  October 14, 2009; 10:17 AM ET
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A quick scan of those legislators who gave up pay looks to me like the ones who work the hardest for their constituents. People slam politicians all the time but most never see how dedicated many of them are. Their pay likely works out to less than minimum wage. And I think they should have their EZ-Pass - a tiny, tiny, tiny perk for hard working public servants.

Posted by: lunasea | October 14, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I care, and I don't see my Delegates or Senators listed. It's a symbolic gesture, but one that would mean a lot to state employees who have to work just as hard, but not get paid for up to 10 days.

Posted by: AnneArundelCo | October 14, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I am married to a State employee and I thank you for showing us the list.

Posted by: HotChocolate | October 14, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Davis,

I saw you updated your story but didn't update my status so I guess I'll have to set the record straight myself.

The entire District 15 delegation agreed to forego the 8 days of salary and sent a press release to those including the Washington Post. The MD Politics Watch Blog ran the press release on September 15th in it's entirety.

I guess you failed to see that when writing your story.

And as for the other Delegates, in the letter from the Speaker that I have in front of me, there is no deadline date for choosing how many days to furlough. The fiscal year runs from September 2009 to June 2010 and at any point a Legislator could right a check or opt for the monthly deduction.

I'm sure many are figuring out how much they can afford to give as many are older, retired and have this job as their sole source of income, contrary to your assertion.

As we work year round for a 3-month salary, I hope that your accusatory tone might be tempered with the understanding that we as Legislators are people too with families and are struggling just like everyone else.

Give people a chance to do the right thing before trying to berate them.

Delegate Craig Rice

Posted by: ricepolitics | October 14, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I am a state employee with a husband who has not worked since October 2008. We are hanging on by our fingernails to our house and these furloughs could not come at a worse time. I am happy to see those who are in solidarity with state employees by giving up some pay. But shame on those who don't, I guess it's easy to balance the budget on our backs as long as it doesn't affect YOU!!

Posted by: mlb36 | October 14, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

My daughter and many other Fire fighters have given up much lately including the furloughs. My daughter now works two jobs and does not complain. In fact, she appreciates the opportunity to work. More of our public officials should have the attitude my daughter has.

I am proud of my daughter, and i want to proud of my politicians. I believe the politicians make much more money than my daughter, and return much less. When I see my daughter work harder and give back more it saddens me, when poster note they; politicians; deserve a free fast-pass. Let them buy their own fast-pass like the rest of us. The politicians deserve much less than they take and take too much for granted.

When politicians can take time to write their own story, perhaps they have too much time on their hands. We all have families, except some of us have to actually work for a living, and not sell cow pies for a living, under the guise of political leadership.

True leadership leads by example and does not expect others, like hard working fire fighters, to lead the way to fiscal responsibility for them by taking pay cuts when it was not noticed. How many politicians quietly took a pay cut before fire fighters?


Posted by: patmatthews | October 14, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed in the state representatives from Price George's County (many of which visit P.G. County churches during election time) who have not given up this relatively small increase to show solidarity with, not only state employees, but with the voters and taxpayers.

At least some of our budgetary woes are attributible to the policies, decisions and practices they have supported, endorsed or voted for.

If they are representing the people, they should be with the people. Come on guys, get with the program.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | October 14, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Throw the bums (that don't give up pay and suffer with us little people) OUT!

Posted by: gwilson2 | October 14, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

As a state employee I was glad to see my senate and delegates do their part by forfeiting pay. No matter what the lawmakers are paid for whatever the period of time, their pay is still generated by the taxpayers of the state of MD so giving some of that back is not the noble thing to do, it is the right thing to do no matter what Del Craig Rice's whining post. What disappoints me is that Gov O'Malley has been silent on the subject. I would like to know what the status of the governor and the Board of Public Works is in relation to all of this. Are they considered "employees" who must also forfeit pay? And if not, why not?

Posted by: Frustratededucator | October 14, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

FYI, as a member of the House of Delegates I chose to make a donation of $600.00 to a local charity, the ARC of Maryland, where such an amount might possibly make a difference, rather than have a deposit made into the general funds of Maryland. That would have been like contributing a nickle to help General Motors in their bankruptcy. Wayne Norman, District 35 A.

Posted by: mgbnorman | October 14, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Nice that Delegate Rice and his colleagues can sit back and decide how much, if anything, they are willing to give up. State employees whose paychecks have already been slashed, had no such time or input in the decision.

Posted by: wings2003 | October 14, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

To wings 2003 and frustrated educator...I wasn't whining at all nor do I think I should give up less. I committed a month ago (see MD Politics Watch blog press release for District 15) to giving the same as all the other State employees at my pay grade gave up...8 furlough days.

What I WAS trying to do is make sure those
Legislators without a voice in this debate were not chastised yet as they may be in the process of putting in their furlough times.

The way the State coffers work, at any time during this fiscal year (September 2009 - June 2010), a person could donate their pay with the same efficacy as those that already have processed their furloughs.

Posted by: ricepolitics | October 14, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Delegate Craig Rice. You were too quick to put these names out there. I pledged 8 days and you do not show it. Many of the legislators you show as not having indicated have done so verbally a have paper confirmations in their offices ready to be submitted.

Posted by: DelegateRonGeorge | October 14, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Delegate Craig Rice. You were too quick to assume people haven't committed. Many of the legislators you are showing as not indicating they will give up pay have done so verbally and will indeed do it. I committed to 8 days.

Posted by: DelegateRonGeorge | October 14, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Kumar Barve should give up a few more than 8 days of pay since he got his then girlfriend,now wife that comfy taxpayer funded appointment that pays $100k+ for over a decade...

Posted by: bowiebaysoxfan00 | October 15, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate the Post correcting its initial inaccurate reporting. I had committed to join the furlough program long before the Post ran yesterday's story and in fact had even signed the forms. The Post didn't know that because they didn't check with my office. More importantly, I'm a strong supporter of state employees, took furlough days last year, committed early to do so this year, and will do so as long as other state employees are required to.

Posted by: jimrosapepe | October 15, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

For the record, as the Senator representing the 23rd District of Maryland(Prince George's County), I have written and submitted a check to cover 8 furlough days, just as I submitted a check to cover forlough days last year. Additionally, I never used and then returned months ago the EZPass transponder distributed to legislators.

Senator Douglas J. J. Peters

Posted by: senatordougpeters | October 15, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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