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MD House Panel Budget Plan Calls For Furloughs

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A Maryland House of Delegates panel is recommending the state furlough its employees for two weeks again in the coming fiscal year.

The House Appropriations Committee presented their budget recommendations Tuesday to state delegates. The proposal calls for the state to skip cost of living increases, merit pay and bonuses for its workers, along with the 10 furlough days. Workers were also furloughed for 10 days in the current fiscal year.

House Committee members did not endorse a controversial Senate plan to gradually shift some teacher pension costs to counties in coming years.

The state covers the entire teacher pension cost, which is about $900 million a year. Delegates are expected to begin debate on the committee plan Thursday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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