WAMU 88.5 : News

O'Malley Says No To Sharing Teacher Pensions

Play associated audio

In Maryland, local leaders across the state received news from Gov. Martin O'Malley, that many were happy to hear. But the news comes with a word of caution from the governor.

The state is facing a budget shortfall of around $1.3 billion. One of the ways that was being looked at to close that deficit was to partially shift the burden of teacher pensions, currently covered completely by the state, to county governments.

Many local leaders are set against that, as they face large shortfalls as well, and having to pay teacher pensions would only make those worse. So O'Malley received a standing ovation at the meeting of the Maryland Association of Counties when he said this:

"The balanced budget that I will submit to the general assembly later this month will not propose to pass pension costs this year onto the counties."

But O'Malley stressed the words "this year" as a caution. He says in the future,sharing may be necessary. In addition, the president of the state senate and one of the most powerful lawmakers in Annapolis, Mike Miller, is a supporter of sharing pensions.

WAMU 88.5

Berlin Wall Brought To University Of Virginia With 'Kings Of Freedom'

A massive piece of the Berlin Wall was recently delivered to the campus of the University of Virginia, adorned with a famous mural by German graffiti artist Dennis Kaun.

NPR

Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
NPR

Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges.
WAMU 88.5

Capital Bikeshare Supplier Bought, Reopening Door To Expansion

Bixi, the company that supplies bicycles and bike stations to the Capital Bikeshare program, has been rescued from bankruptcy. But does that mean the bike sharing will resume expansion in our area?

Leave a Comment

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