Despite a cost-saving hiring freeze imposed on thousands of vacant state jobs, Gov. William Donald Schaefer has hired a new $50,000-a-year speechwriter to succeed one who left his press office shortly after the September primary election.
Paige Boinest, who most recently worked as Maryland bureau chief for United Press International, will begin her new job Monday, according to Louise Hayman, the governor's deputy press secretary.
Linda Dove, Schaefer's former speechwriter, left her position in September for a job with a private company in Washington.
Schaefer announced a hiring freeze on about 5,000 state jobs -- including the speechwriter -- in early September when he said the state was facing a budget shortfall of $150 million. Since then, legislative fiscal experts have said the shortfall could double. The freeze is intended to save the state $100 million in salaries and benefits.