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Maryland benefits panel to vote on funding problems

ANNAPOLIS — Members of a state employees benefits commission will begin voting on how to resolve large unfunded liabilities in Maryland’s pension and health benefit system for state workers.

The Public Employees’ & Retirees’ Benefits Commission will meet Monday in Annapolis to consider a host of proposals, including one that would increase the retirement age by seven years for some workers. The commission hopes to cut state health care costs by 10 percent and is also weighing some options that would have state workers paying as much as $1200 more each year for health care coverage.

Former Maryland Speaker of the House Casper Taylor is the committee’s chairman. He has said he hopes the commission will vote on a preliminary report the week of Christmas.