Legislative staff recommends cutting raises, benefits of state employees just ratified in contract

By Len Lazarick, Maryland Reporter

State employees last Wednesday ratified a new one-year contract that provided 2% raises, regular step increases, health premium holidays and other financial benefits they had been denied in the lean years of the Great Recession.

State employees last Wednesday ratified a new one-year contract that provided 2% raises, regular step increases, health premium holidays and other financial benefits they had been denied in the lean years of the Great Recession.

Montgomery County’s perverse politics

The Washington Post

ANYONE WITH a passing familiarity with politics understands that interest groups support and contribute to candidates as a means of advancing their agendas. As far as we know, the only place in the United States where that arrangement has been turned on its head is Montgomery County, where one particular lobby — the local teachers union — wields such outsize influence that politicians shower it with money in return for its support.