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Job Layoffs

Some question Maryland layoffs given budget surplus

Some question Maryland layoffs given budget surplus

The jobs of dozens of low-level state workers at the Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville are on the chopping block in Gov. Larry Hogan's $42 billion proposed state budget.

Manisha Patel and Debra Zeitler, who provide food services to patients at the hospital, are wondering why.

Patel, 50, and Zeitler, 52, are among 57 workers who are expected to be laid off at Sykesville as part of a privatization effort at the institution for the mentally ill, according to their union. They said they were recently notified by management at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that their jobs would be abolished with the end of the fiscal year June 30. And they're...