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Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.
Hogan's 'tax' on state workers
Hogan's 'tax' on state workers

Although Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned on no new taxes and, in fact, wants to roll back some of the taxes he thinks were unfairly instituted, his budget proposal actually levies a specific (and punitive) tax, through a contorted fiscal slight of hand, on state employees. The way this is accomplished is by his decision to recast the cost of living adjustment state employees just received this fiscal year into a "bonus." A little history is in order. State employees have only recently emerged from a dismal run of frozen and reduced compensation. For fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012, state employees received no increases in compensation of any sort. In fact, during those three years...