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Gansler ratchets up attacks on Brown and Healthcare rollout

Gansler ratchets up attacks on Brown and Healthcare rollout, claiming many of Brown's donors had ties to companies managing the exchange. In a new line of attack, Ganlser criticized his opponent for governor by linking the floundering state health exchange to companies that had contributed over $30,000 in campaign contributions to Brown. The charge has lead some to question the role campaign contributions play with private companies that do business with the state.

DAT struggles with personnel shortages

Of interest to our MPEC members:

State Auditors find that the Department of Assessments and Taxation has not been able to perform physical inspections of properties in many years, nor has it been able to review or audit business personal property taxes or homeowner tax credits. The secretary of DAT argues that this is because of personnel shortages and budget cuts to the department.

Read more at the Maryland Reporter.

2014 Legislative Priorities for AFT-Maryland and Affiliates

AFT-Maryland represents more than 20,000 state and municipal workers, including 9,000 educational workers in the City of Baltimore. During this legislative session, there are issues that are of particular concern to our members:

  • Job Protections for Maryland’s Educators: Higher Education Collective Bargaining
  • The Correctional Officers Bill of Rights
  • Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Full Pension Funding

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State moving all employee emails to the cloud.

54,000 state employees are having their email and scheduling software switched to Google. The state signed a $51 million dollar deal with Google in 2011. There may be some initial glitches with the new system, though AFSCME has said they haven't heard of any specific complaints yet.

More at the Baltimore Sun.

1/21/14 Todd Reynolds, Political Coordinator.

Governor announces his legislative package.

O'Malley rolled out his legislative package Monday night, and highlights according to news sources included an increase in the minimum wage ($10.10, indexed to inflation), expand pre-k participation, improve security at state-run jails, more help for victims of domestic abuse, and a bill that would deem 20,000 acres of state-owned land as protected lands, preventing development to occur on those lands.

The governor is scheduled to give his State of the State speech on Thursday.