Is O’Malley Out Of Touch?

| February 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

AFSCME’s Executive Director, Patrick Moran, has a big smile on his face in an article this morning in MarylandReporter.com. And well he should. His union just negotiated a sweetheart deal that Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley says it is “a step forward.”

For who Governor?

The terms of the deal (according to MarylandReporter.com) include the following for the estimated 24,000 State employees:

  • A $750 bonus in fiscal year 2012, beginning July 1.
  • Five paid furlough days – reclassified as paid administrative leave – for the years represented in the contract.
  • If state revenues are up, a 2% COLA in 2013.
  • If state revenues are up, a 3% COLA in 2014.
  • If there are enough increased revenues, reinstating of step salary increases starting April 1, 2014.
  • Guaranteeing raises for employees working at jobs above their current pay grades.
  • Holding down increases in insurance costs for fiscal year 2012.

Wow. It is good work if you can get it! The State is spending money like a drunken sailor in the midst of a recession.

This is not to say that State employees should be earning less; but when private industry across the nation is cutting back, reducing expenses, and trying to figure out ways to stay in business; what does this say?  The $750 bonuses alone will total $18 million. Eliminating the furlough days is likely double that.  Can the State afford that? Or doesn’t it matter not that the election is over?

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