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Governor plans to lay off hundreds of state workers
O'Malley, legislature faced with closing $1.9 billion budget shortfall
By Gadi Dechter and Laura Smitherman
January 15, 2009
Gov. Martin O'Malley is planning to lay off hundreds of state workers and is asking for other labor concessions to help close a nearly $2 billion budget gap projected for the fiscal year that begins in July.
That warning came hours before the Maryland General Assembly convened yesterday with ceremonial speeches pledging "One Maryland" unity.
But signs of discord soon surfaced between the Democratic governor and lawmakers, who must ratify the budget, revealing tensions aggravated by economic woes that are sure to grow as the 90-day session unfolds.
When he submits his budget next week, O'Malley will ask the legislature to approve between 500 and 1,000 layoffs, aides said, in an executive branch work force of more than 70,000.