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By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | February 6, 2010
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen told city employees Thursday that furloughs and layoffs are likely during the next few months in order to close a projected $9 million budget gap. Despite a number of cost-cutting measures that his administration has taken since he took office in December, the job cuts are necessary because of the city's "unprecedented budget crisis," said Cohen, a Democrat. The city faces a projected $2.6 million deficit for the fiscal year ending in June, and a $6.4 million deficit for fiscal year 2011.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Sam Brice, a senior engineer who works for the city of Annapolis, told the mayor and city council Monday that residents expect a high level of service from local government. That, he said, requires employees who cost money. "Your employees are your most valuable asset," Brice said. "You have to cherish them and take care of them. " His comment came at a hearing on the first budget proposed by the new mayor, Mike Pantelides - a $96.6 million operating plan that proposes 13 layoffs, eliminates 20 vacant positions and imposes furloughs for all employees.
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NEWS
February 11, 2010
On January 25, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced new proposals to get tough on sex offenders. It is ironic that this announcement came days after Governor O'Malley submitted the fiscal year 2011 budget. Under his proposal, this would be the third straight budget in which he furloughs every agent of the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation Sex Offender Unit. Taking sex offender agents off the streets works to the advantage of those preying on our children. Furloughing the agents who work to protect children from pedophiles is a terrible mistake.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Members of the Baltimore County police union have overwhelmingly approved a new two-year contract. Employees ratified the agreement by a vote of 1,057-45, according to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4. The deal guarantees no layoffs or furloughs through June 2016. Under the agreement, officers hired after July 1 will contribute 10 percent of their base pay toward their pensions, an amount higher than that of current employees. It also provides 3 percent bonus in November and a 3 percent cost-of-living increase in July 2015.
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August 4, 2011
I was sorry, but not surprised, to hear that the Republican/tea party is content to see the airline industry benefit from uncollected taxes while ignoring the needs of union members, construction and support workers and the flying public ("In other congressional idiocy…" Aug. 3). While these workers are on furlough due to the inaction of Congress, I hope they will make sure they are registered to vote so that they can help these members see what it is like to be laid off. Alma T., Baltimore
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By Larry Carson and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 26, 2010
Howard County employees will likely face another year of unpaid furloughs, according to county Executive Ken Ulman. Howard's nearly 2,000 workers received no cost-of-living pay raise this year and lost four days of pay between Christmas and New Year's Day, while department heads and elected officials gave up five days of pay to save a total of about $1.8 million. "Based on current projections, I assume furloughs will be repeated," Ulman told reporters after his annual State of the County speech before more than 400 people at Turf Valley Tuesday.
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By John Frittze, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Federal employees will receive an e-mail today alerting them that furloughs are possible if Congress fails to reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, union officials said Thursday. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the human relations arm of the federal government, informed labor leaders of the e-mail in a conference call Wednesday night. Officials stressed that no employment action would likely take place immediately. Maryland is home to about 300,000 federal workers -- roughly 10 percent of the state's civilian workforce -- and several economists have said that the failure to reach an agreement could have a disproportionate effect in the state.
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | January 31, 2010
While Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said he would not seek a tax increase in fiscal 2011, he said unpaid furloughs would likely be imposed again on county employees. "Based on current projections, I assume furloughs will be repeated," Ulman told reporters Tuesday after his annual State of the County speech before more than 400 members of the county Chamber of Commerce at Turf Valley. He said he will not ask for tax increases, but won't decide until March whether to dip into the county's $47.5 million rainy-day fund.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Officials at the Woodlawn-based Social Security Administration informed employees they do not anticipate furloughs when across-the-board federal budget cuts go into effect, the union that represents many of those workers said Thursday. The announcement came days before $85 billion in budget cuts known as sequestration were expected to take effect on Friday -- cuts that the Obama administration has warned could lead to government-wide furloughs. Acting Social Security Administration commissioner Carolyn Colvin informed employees in a meeting on Thursday that furloughs would be avoided.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
Fort Meade announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with the union representing Department of Defense employees on how proposed civilian furloughs will be handled. Civilian employees face up to 22 days of furlough - about a 20 percent pay reduction - after lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal to stop $85 billion in automatic spending cuts this year called the sequester. Furlough notices to civilians could be issued sometime between Thursday and Monday, according to Fort Meade.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Maryland's growth in personal income last year was one of the smallest in the nation, a regionwide problem as federal furloughs and other cutbacks pinched earnings, the Department of Commerce said Tuesday. Maryland saw a 1.6 percent increase last year in personal income, which includes wages, dividends, interest and other payments. That compares to a 2.6 percent increase nationwide. Only West Virginia, with 1.5 percent, saw less growth, according to the Commerce Department. Virginia (1.7 percent)
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides proposed a budget Monday night that lays off 13 employees, keeps 20 positions vacant and requires worker furloughs. Pantelides proposed his budget before a full house at Annapolis City Hall during Monday's regular city council meeting. Pantelides' proposal includes a $96.6 million operating budget and a $15.8 million capital budget. The mayor said his budget does not raise taxes. This is the first budget proposed by Pantelides, a Republican who beat incumbent Democrat Josh Cohen by 59 votes in November.
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October 16, 2013
As a government contractor who was sent home without back pay, I really appreciated your article on our plight ( "The shutdown's forgotten victims: Government contractors," Oct. 14). I haven't seen any other articles about the contractors. I'm in an area in Washington state were we have four naval bases within a 40-mile radius. The strange thing was that when they sent us home on furlough, they kept slightly less than half of our contractor personnel on stand-by to do their jobs as well as ours.
BUSINESS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
The Baltimore District of the Army Corps of Engineers furloughed 45 employees, closed its regulatory offices and suspended the review of pending permit applications after running out of funds, a spokesman said Tuesday. Spokesman Chris Augsburger said the district, which makes permit decisions on projects that affect wetlands and waters, had enough funding to continue operations until Tuesday. Now, he said, its review of permit applications has been suspended until new funding becomes available.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
Like her colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tiffany House packed up her desk last week hoping the government shutdown would last only a few days. But the single mom from Hyattsville will be in a position different from her co-workers when the agency reopens. Because House works for NOAA through a private contractor, she isn't likely to receive retroactive pay. As Congress considers legislation to provide back pay to an estimated 800,000 furloughed federal workers , far less attention has been paid to contract employees - many of whom work side by side with their agency counterparts.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Furloughed government workers in need of social services and individuals with questions about Obamacare can call the United Way of Central Maryland's 211 hotline to get help. The free hotline is available to connect those in need to connect to food pantries, health care services and utility and eviction prevention assistance. Callers also can receive information on job training, transportation, tutoring, drug and alcohol services, home health care and volunteer opportunities. The United Way also recently added a call specialist through a CareFirst grant who is devoted to answering questions about health care resources.
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By Larry Carson | January 27, 2010
Howard County employees will likely face another year of unpaid furloughs, according to county executive Ken Ulman. "Based on current projections, I assume furloughs will be repeated," Ulman told reporters after his annual State of the County speech before more than 400 members of the county Chamber of Commerce at Turf Valley on Tuesday. He also said he will not ask for tax increases in fiscal 2011, but won't decide until March whether to dip into the county's $47.5 million Rainy Day Fund.
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By John Fritze and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
Mary Theresa Nipwoda, a lab technician at Aberdeen Proving Ground, did what she could to prepare for the 20 percent pay cut she knew was coming this week. The Harford County woman, who earns about $67,000 annually, switched her prescription medications to generic drugs once it became clear Congress was not going to roll back the $85 billion in federal budget cuts known as sequestration. She skipped a AAA membership for her car. Nipwoda, one of tens of thousands of Defense Department employees in Maryland who began taking unpaid leave this week, is prepared.
NEWS
October 8, 2013
On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a bill to guarantee furloughed federal employees back pay 407-0. So, if federal employees are going to be paid eventually, why not allow them to come back and do their jobs? Otherwise, it's not a furlough, it's a lockout with a paid vacation. I work for a contractor and am lucky enough to not be furloughed, yet. But if this nonsense continues, I don't have the same safety net. No one has guaranteed me back pay. Locking out federal employees with paid vacation without having to use leave time does nothing to quell any animosity between the public and private sectors.
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By Maher Kharma | October 7, 2013
It's 6:30 in the morning, and the alarm goes off. It's time for you to get in the shower so you can get ready for work and be at the office by 7:30. Your first few moves out of the bed are slowed down when you remember that you were furloughed and there is no rush to go anywhere. Instead, you have to figure out how to deal with the eight hours that you would have typically spent at work. You grab your cup of coffee and turn the TV on to watch the news, hoping that the government gridlock came to an end, but you find that no compromises were made for thousands of federal employees to return to work.
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