Maryland Governor Offers Employee Buyout Deal | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Governor Offers Employee Buyout Deal

Play associated audio

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is offering a buyout deal to many executive branch employees. Under an executive order signed Tuesday, eligible employees can apply to leave their jobs in exchange for a $15,000 payment, plus $200 for each year of service and three months of medical, prescription and dental benefits.

The buyout is part of an effort to reduce the size of the state government and save money, according to the governor. State budget analysts say Maryland's budget gap is approximately $1.6 billion for the next fiscal year.

Employees have until Jan. 4 to apply for the package. People who participate cannot rejoin the state government for at least 18 months.

Md. State Employees' Voluntary Separation Program


A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.

Reality Check For Young Farmers: It's An Expensive 'Habit'

More young people are trying their hand at farming, hoping to make a living out of it. But, as it turns out, passion and grit are just a few of the prerequisites for success.

Clintons Return To Iowa To Rally Democratic Hopefuls

The Clintons are back in Iowa at an event that is the place to see and be seen for ambitious Democrats. NPR's Arun Rath talks with national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

Gaming Expert: Destiny Is Good, But 'There's Not Much There'

The much-anticipated video game, Destiny, was released this week. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with gaming expert Adam Sessler about the new game and whether it was worth all the hype.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.