Budget panel talks about teacher pension sharing

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers are wrestling with how they will share teacher pension costs with local governments.

A panel of lawmakers who are trying to put finishing touches on the state budget met Thursday. They are negotiating differences in a package of budget measures passed by the two chambers.

One of the biggest differences involves how much would be shifted to counties in certain years.

The House would phase in a pension split over three years, with half in the first year, 75 percent in the second year and 100 percent in the third years.

The Senate would phase it in over four years, with 25 percent of the expense in each year.

The panel met for about 90 minutes. They are set to meet again Thursday afternoon.

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