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Gov. Larry Hogan, left, and and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

Hogan appointees to make less than predecessors

Fiscal austerity under Gov. Larry Hogan apparently begins with the freshman Republican’s closest advisers.

A spokeswoman for the new administration confirmed Wednesday that senior staff, advisers and Cabinet secretaries are, in most cases, being paid less than their predecessors under Gov. Martin J. O’Malley.

Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford have already announced that they will share staff which, in theory, should mean savings through consolidation.

Sources familiar with the appointments process said that in some cases, delays in naming appointments were related to issues with salary.

“They are being paid less the under the O’Malley administration and the governor’s office is under budget for fiscal 2015,” said Shareese Churchill, a Hogan spokeswoman.

Churchill said the decrease in spending in the governor’s office is a direct result of cuts to salaries under Hogan.

The administration has not been specific about the salaries and declined to release them when asked by The Daily Record.

Hogan is scheduled to release the details of his first budget Thursday, 24 hours after taking the oath of office.

“We’ll have more specifics for you in the days to come,” Churchill said.