| Mar 6, 2012
| 4:16 PM
Baltimore County retirees and union leaders urged state lawmakers Friday to reject a measure that would limit some public employees' pension benefits, calling it unfair and illegal.
At a Baltimore County House delegation meeting in Annapolis, two...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 7:45 AM
Gov. Martin O'Malley likely would veto any legislation to legalize medical marijuana because of concerns over whether it would stand up to federal scrutiny, his spokeswoman said Thursday.
His decision comes as states with programs similar to what...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 5:25 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would permanently close three fire companies and could shut several recreation centers in an effort to close a $48 million gap in the city's $3 billion operating budget, according to city officials who have been briefed on...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 4:16 PM
When union members gathered outside the Baltimore County courthouse recently, many waved signs depicting County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, some referring to him as a bully or cheater.
They were protesting a bill proposed by Kamenetz that would have cut...
| Dec 25, 2011
| 2:44 PM
Commuter advocates and Maryland lawmakers say they will fight to renew an expiring tax credit that benefits mass-transit users, including MARC riders.
Current federal law allows commuters to withhold up to $230 in pre-tax income each month that can be...
| Dec 31, 2011
| 1:15 PM
It's just an ordinary phone, the hotline that tips the state of Maryland's bloodhounds that something's amiss in one of the agencies. It isn't red, there are no special bells and whistles, but it does get answered.
And when it does, it can set off a...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 5:05 PM
The White House has proposed a modest half-percent pay raise for civilian federal employees beginning next year — a move that would affect thousands of Maryland workers.
If the across-the-board raise is approved by Congress, it would end a two-...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 2:52 PM
Members of a Baltimore County public employees union are guaranteed not to be furloughed or laid off through 2015 under a new labor agreement announced Wednesday.
The Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees, which represents about 1,600 members,...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 5:01 PM
New federal employees would contribute more than triple the amount paid by current government workers for their retirement under an agreement reached in Congress, according to two Maryland lawmakers who helped craft the deal to extend a payroll tax...
| Feb 10, 2012
A government watchdog group said Thursday that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has politicized invitations to her office's Ravens skybox, and urged her to include more working-class residents.
"The mayor has made the choice to turn this into a political...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 12:42 PM
As the federal government tackles its wealth of fiscal issues, U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes said he is concerned the federal workforce will be the sacrificial lamb in the budget balancing process.
"I worry that it has become any easy target," he told about 30...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:11 AM
Last week, the board that governs Baltimore County's employee pension system reduced its projection for investment return from 7.875 percent to 7.25 percent, a significant cut as these things go. The trustees of Maryland's much-larger pension plan...