This week delivered a blow to Marylanders who care for individuals with developmental disabilities.
The caregivers had been promised a 4 percent salary hike this year, but the pay raise was cut in half after outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley did one final slice-and-dice of the state budget before turning the reins over to Larry Hogan.
The state Board of Public Works (of which O’Malley is chair) on Wednesday approved nearly $410 million in cuts and other reductions in an effort to eliminate the looming budget deficit.
O’Malley’s budget ax also hit all other parts of state government via a 2 percent across-the-board cut to all state agencies. Those cuts surely won’t feel good for those employees, but the cuts to caregivers’ salaries will sting even worse.
The salary bump approved by the General Assembly was in effect for just days before being snatched back. Caregivers were given the raise because legislators were persuaded that it had become difficult to recruit and retain quality employees for the difficult work when the pay is so low.
As for who had the best week in Maryland, our picks go to Brian Frosh and Marilyn Mosby, who were sworn in this week as attorney general and Baltimore City state’s attorney, respectively.
Both Frosh and Mosby hit the ground running, immediately naming several members of their leadership teams and earning the praise of others in their field.
Mosby, in an apparent acknowledgement of her relative youth at 34 years old, named to her team three people who have a combined 85 years of experience.
Frosh stacked his leadership team with five prominent individuals who also bring extensive experience in government to the table.