As bad as it has been for federal employees this year in Congress, experts and lawmakers say it's about to get a lot more dicey because of the 'fiscal cliff' issues Washington must resolve by the end of the year.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to 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 the spending plan.
Baltimore County retirees and union leaders on Friday urged state lawmakers to reject a bill requested by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz that would limit some workers' pensions, calling it unfair and illegal.
Eight of Maryland¿s 10 members of Congress voted against a bi-partisan plan Friday to extend a national payroll tax holiday ¿ including two who were instrumental in crafting the deal ¿ citing concern over how the measure would affect federal employees.
New federal employees would contribute more than triple the amount paid by current government workers for their retirement under an agreement reached in Congress to extend a payroll tax break and unemployment benefits, two Maryland lawmakers who helped craft the deal said Thursday.
Federal employees will be required to contribute $15 billion toward the cost of extending federal unemployment insurance under a tentative agreement struck in Congress that would also maintain the 2010 payroll tax break, federal worker union officials said Wednesday.
State auditors responding to tips on a fraud hotline exposed several well-publicized instances of financial misconduct in state government. In some cases, the auditors' findings have led to referrals to law enforcement for criminal investigation.
A bill introduced by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin intended to modernize the nation's 1917 Espionage Act has angered public access advocates who say it would limit the ability of federal employees to blow the whistle on government fraud and abuse.
For Rep. Chris Van Hollen, brokering a bipartisan deal to trim the federal deficit is about more than dodging draconian automatic cuts or boosting the fragile economic recovery. It's also about proving a bitterly divided Congress can still accomplish something.
As a second Steelers game nears, the season-opening win is a distant memory for the Ravens. ... John Harbaugh defended the Ravens offensive line on Monday. ... The Ravens coach doesn't understand the taunting penalties called Sunday. ... Steelers linebacker James Harrison says he won't play against the Ravens. ... The Orioles interviewed Tony LaCava for a second time. ... Navy football should get needed reinforcements for Senior Day. ... CC Sabathia is staying with the Yankees. ... The Nationals are keeping Davey Johnson as manager. ... OMG! Kim Kardashian and a mediocre NBA big man are getting a divorce!
The Ravens are wary of the Texans even though two of their best players are sidelined. ... The Ravens are anxious to see how Derrick Mason fits in with the Texans on Sunday. ... Michael Oher's little brother, Sean Tuohy Jr., got a basketball scholarship at Loyola University. ... Patricia Modell, a former actress and the wife of former Ravens owner Art Modell, died on Wednesday. ... Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan is leaving the organization to become Philadelphia's director of player development. ... The Orioles have put together a list of GM candidates. ... Mark Turgeon is happy to have freshman Nick Faust, a City graduate, in a Maryland uniform. ... Randy Edsall still won't name a starting quarterback for Saturday.
Randy Edsall won't say who the Terps are starting at quarterback against Clemson. ... Derrick Mason has reportedly been traded to the Texans, meaning the Ravens will face their former wideout in consecutive games. ... The Ravens haven't forgotten about their uncomfortable second half against the Texans last season. ... Orioles amateur scouting director Joe Jordan interviewed this week with the Phillies for their vacant director of player-development position. ... The Jeremy Accardo era may be over. ... The IZOD IndyCar Series will return to the city on Labor Day weekend 2012 for the second Baltimore Grand Prix.
Even as the Baltimore County Council weighs an employee buyout plan that could chop millions from next year's budget, local officials said they are not ruling out layoffs or furloughs for county employees.
Laurel's public works director, Paul McCullagh, was selected for the American Public Works Association's Public Works Leadership Fellow program, established for experienced professionals to share their expertise with younger public works professionals.
The Terps, who play at No. 13 Georgia Tech on Saturday, still hope to become an elite ACC team. But their journey has been complicated by injuries, inexperience and suspensions, and not every player has taken to coach Randy Edsall's tight discipline.
About one in four Baltimore residents is living in poverty, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Statewide, about 10 percent are below the poverty threshold, compared with about 15 percent across the nation.