Time is of the Essence for Retirement-Eligible State Employees

By Peta Richkus. Subsequent to publication of Ms. Richkus’  Commentary in Maryland Matters and The Daily Record, the MD State Retirement Agency (SRA) removed all reference to SB 946 from its web page (a Search for “SB 946” currently yields no results). The Department of Budget & Management (DBM) link to expanded SB 946 information can be found at the top of the DBM Home page. … Continue reading Time is of the Essence for Retirement-Eligible State Employees

Residents Have a Right to Know What’s in County Legislation—BEFORE the Vote

By Liz Brown. Early this month, I was compelled to speak (my first time doing so!) after a Baltimore County Council legislative session—not about legislation that was pending, but about legislation passed last month: Bill 16-19, which dealt with the issue of so-called “impact fees” for developers. Like many, many people in the County, I was and am very much in favor of impact fees. … Continue reading Residents Have a Right to Know What’s in County Legislation—BEFORE the Vote

Maryland Senate Leadership Signaled “TIME’S UP!” to Survivors of Sexual Assault

By Carla Johnson. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And ironically, at 11:20 p.m., during the final moments of the legislative session on April 8, 2019, Senate President Mike Miller abruptly halted debate on HB 122/SB 209—legislation providing survivors of rape and sexual offenses with access to protective orders. While presenting the conference committee report on the bill she co-sponsored and shepherded through conference committee … Continue reading Maryland Senate Leadership Signaled “TIME’S UP!” to Survivors of Sexual Assault

Plan to Rob State Retirees of Prescription Drug Benefit on Hold; Next Steps?

Fact: The State had a contract with its employees; the terms of the contract, including the scope of the work (the job description) and the compensation (salary and benefits), were agreed to by both parties. The State has violated that contract. Fact: 40% of the cost of retirees’ prescription drug plan is paid for by the retirees themselves plus federal funds paid to the State. … Continue reading Plan to Rob State Retirees of Prescription Drug Benefit on Hold; Next Steps?

(Still) the Only Maryland County Not Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales (Vroom Vroom!)

by Liz Brown. If there is anything I’ve learned after I started paying closer attention to the Maryland General Assembly legislative session two years ago, it’s that the legislature is very mysterious and confusing at times. Or most of the time. I was keeping one eye on my twitter feed on the hectic last day of the session, while knowing that it would probably be … Continue reading (Still) the Only Maryland County Not Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales (Vroom Vroom!)

Don’t Use Inaccuracies to Sell A Bad State Retiree Drug Plan

by Peta Richkus. Note from editors: What if you retired from your job with the State of Maryland with all your retirement ducks in a row, only to learn later that your drug prescription benefits were being taken away? Benefits that were negotiated in good faith? This menacing scenario is not a “what if” after all, but a saga playing out over the last eight … Continue reading Don’t Use Inaccuracies to Sell A Bad State Retiree Drug Plan