House Leaders: Pension Shift “Still in Play”

As reported by the Baltimore Sun, the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee has commented that the shift of a portion of teacher pension costs to local governments is still be considered in the House of Delegates.

Del. Norman Conway, a Wicomico County Democrat, said Gov.Martin O’Malley’s proposed pension shift is “still in play” despite vocal opposition from many county leaders.

“We’ve recognized that at some point we’re going to have to become partners with the counties on retirement issues,” the chairman said.

MACo has adopted a firm and clear stance against the Governor’s proposed teacher pension shift. County leaders and stakeholders from across the state  have joined together to form a “Stop the Shift” coalition.  County leaders, joined by labor, held a press conference on February 15 to express opposition to the shift, and many local jurisdictions will be holding press conferences this Tuesday, February 28.  Look for further coverage on Conduit Street.

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