January 28, 2013
Maryland state workers - and their family members - could win a college scholarship for fall 2013 offered by the State Employees Credit Union. The credit union typically awards $15,000 to $20,000 in scholarships annually. Last year, it awarded nine scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, said spokesman Ray Weiss. The deadline to apply is April 12 th . Here's more info about the qualificaitons. Applicants must write an essay. This year's assignment: “Recent innovations and new technology, like “EMV chip” credit cards, Google Wallet, PayPal, Amazon 1-Click smart phone card readers, and Near Field Communications, make it easier than ever before to purchase items.
January 7, 2013
Wages provided as they would appear on an IRS W-2 form. 1. Mark Turgeon $2,185,975.97 2. Randy Edsall $1,596,935.46 3. Ralph Friedgen $1,062,516.75 4. Stephen Bartlett $938,997.13 5. Brenda Frese $864,146.17 6. Edward Reece $775,524.59 7. Jay Perman $771,222.10 8. Bartley Griffith $760,667.41 9. Bruce Jarrell $659,764.11 10. Jonathan Bromberg $647,999.59 Source: Office of the Maryland Comptroller ...
December 10, 2012
I was reading about some American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees getting retroactive raises back to July 1. How nice. By way of this letter, you're welcome. I say this because Gov. Martin O'Malley and AFSCME thought it would be more fair if non-union members were forced to pay union dues. I don't belong to any union, yet because of the Fair Share Act, $13.80 is deducted from my paycheck as union dues. The reasoning is that non-union members benefit regardless of membership.
December 4, 2012
State media keep talking about the fiscal cliff as if it will obliterate Maryland's wealth if Congress does not reach a compromise on debt talks. The truth is, cuts are far down the road if they happen, and Maryland will continue to thrive as an extension of Washington's bureaucratic complex. There is an imminent financial crisis in Maryland, however: state debt. According to the nonpartisan nonprofit State Budget Solutions, the total debt of Maryland is almost $82 billion. (www.statebudgetsolutions.org/publications/detail/state-budget-solutions-third-annual-state-debt-report-shows-total-state-debt-over-4-trillion)
May 20, 2012
Recently I spent 90 minutes on the metal benches at the DMV in Glen Burnie waiting to renew my driver's license on a day a lot of my fellow Marylanders had the same idea. While waiting - especially without a book to read - can be difficult, I left with a smile on my face. The DMV employees I dealt with - getting my number, answering questions and finally getting my license - could not have been more pleasant, helpful or friendly. Bravo Maryland state employees! Want a shorter wait?
May 13, 2012
For the second time in his six years in office, Gov.Martin O'Malleyfinds it necessary to call a special session of the legislature to raise taxes and fees ("Deal set to raise taxes," May 10). Mr. O'Malley says it's necessary to raise the taxes on those making over $100,000 to prevent cuts on education, health programs and state employees and to prevent cuts in state aid to Baltimore City and Prince George's and Montgomery counties. These three subdivisions already receive, through the Thornton funding formula, an unfair share of state aid for schools compared to the other subdivisions based on the revenue they send to the state.