The Politics Of Retirement: Maryland Edition

Aug 25, 2014

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about the governor's new task force that's looking into how to increase private sector retirement savings and why one gubernatorial candidate thinks it's a bad idea.

Pension Fight Brewing Again In Baltimore

Jul 11, 2014

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun talk about the mayor's desired changes to the pension plan for new police officers and firefighters, and why public safety unions are fighting against them.

Pension Fund Proposal Reminiscent Of 1984

Mar 6, 2014
Tom Chalkley

Thirty years ago, 23 percent of Maryland’s go-for-broke pension system was funded – meaning, it was 77 percent short of what was needed to meet obligations.

WYPR's Joel McCord and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about Governor O'Malley's proposal to divert $100 million out of a $300 million annual reinvestment payment into the state employees pension fund, and why Treasurer Kopp and Comptroller Franchot lobbied against the move.

The Baltimore City Council is considering Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposal to require civilian city employees contribute to their pensions. Despite a prediction that fewer Marylanders will travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the state's expecting more traffic at its toll facilities. A state panel has ruled that Baltimore's red light camera task force held a meeting in violation of MD's open meeting laws. MD has a new Natural Resources Secretary, but the Transportation Secretary post remains vacant. Baltimore County residents likely won't see a water and sewer rate hike this year, even if Baltimore City residents do. Plus: casino and gambling news, concussion regulations, another reactor shutdown at Calvert Cliffs, and more.