Maryland, O’Malley, Coldplay.

Some Baltimore port workers are worried expressed in No Safe Harbor.


O’Malley proposes furloughs for state workers

Phillip Peay has reaped the benefits of working at a bustling port of Baltimore for the past 19 years. His employer, a port logistics company, has paid for most of his college education, and he, his wife and two children live in a house in Rosedale.

But the 38-year-old man is also concerned, because he knows his livelihood may depend on the Big Three automakers, specifically Chrysler LLC – the port’s largest exporter of automobiles. After listening to Chrysler’s president and others speak about the necessity of a federal bailout for the Big Three during a town hall-style meeting yesterday, Peay says he still has more questions about how the automakers will succeed.

Gov. Martin O’Malley is proposing temporary furloughs for more than 67,000 state employees and a shutdown of state government operations for two days during the coming holidays, according to internal documents provided yesterday to The Baltimore Sun.

The proposal would save $34.4 million and help to keep the anemic state budget in the black, according to a letter from Budget Secretary T. Eloise Foster addressed to union officials and provided to The Sun and other news outlets. While the O’Malley administration doesn’t need approval from labor unions – a key constituency for the governor – contours of the proposal were hammered out in consultation with union officials.

Capital One just bought my bank. ;(

I’m quite sick of Coldplay.

I still have a job so I’ve got to get out of here.

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