| Jan 16, 2014
| 1:05 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley released his fiscal year 2015 budget this week, and once again he made his long used but false claim that he has cut the state budget.
The budget when Mr. O'Malley's first took office was $28.8 billion, according to the Department...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 12:45 PM
With all the money from gambling, it seems that Gov. Martin O'Malley could fund the state's pension system ("O'Malley's fiscal house of cards," Jan. 16).
What are the unions going to do about the governor's plan to divert some money intended to shore up...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 9:45 AM
In Baltimore City, there are still pension enhancement programs in place (called a "DROP Program") to offer an incentive for active police officers and firefighters not to retire, but retired police officers and firefighters have gone almost seven years...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:11 PM
In 2011, Maryland's state government was facing significant budget challenges in both the short term and the long term. The lingering effects of the recession and the waning of federal stimulus funds had blown a hole of about $1.6 billion in the state's...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 1:56 PM
While the pension systems for Baltimore's public safety and municipal workers are facing millions in unfunded liabilities, a third city pension fund is in excellent financial shape.
The Elected Officials' Retirement System for Baltimore's politicians...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 12:00 PM
If someone is on welfare, there is an excellent chance they were doing something wrong in their life that caused them to be in that position. In some cases, it's having a child out of wedlock and trying to support themselves and rear the child without...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 11:09 AM
The state pension system is Maryland's financial Achilles heel and has been for decades.
All bond rating services have noted that rising pension debt endangers the state's AAA bond rating, and the Pew Center on the States rates Maryland as among the...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 8:10 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday said he supports a bill that would give workers whose employers don't provide pension plans or 401ks easy access to retirement accounts.
The support came as a Senate committee held a hearing on a bill by Sen. James...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 4:34 PM
Mary McElroy gave 22 years to the Baltimore City Fire Department as a firefighter-paramedic. The job, she says, gave her breast cancer.
The state Workers' Compensation Commission agreed, issuing an order last fall that requires the city to cover any...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 7:02 AM
The first step was to get everybody involved to agree to study the merits of creating a quasi-governmental agency to own and operate all the local water and sewer systems in Harford County.
The second step is more complicated and expensive: Sort through...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 11:18 AM
Maryland's practice of shoring up its foster care budget by appropriating the Social Security survivor benefits of the children in its care is questionable and merits close scrutiny by legislators. Maryland is hardly alone in taking this step, and...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 4:21 PM
Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot warned senators Wednesday that Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to divert $100 million a year from the state pension fund to next year's budget threatens the long-term health of the retirement system....