Lame duck Maryland Governor Parris

Lame duck Maryland Governor Parris Glendening is cementing his legacy as Maryland’s worst governor in memory. The Washington Post reports that Glendening has embarked on a last-minute spending spree, notwithstanding that Maryland is in its worst fiscal crisis in years. For example, in negotiations with public employees’ unions, Glendening offered to raise wages for state workers by $100 million at a time when most budget experts say the state will be lucky to avoid cutting pay. However, this conduct is nothing new on Glendening’s part. According to the Post, when Glendening moved on from his position as Prince George’s County Executive, he left his successor with a $100 million shortfall and a binding union contract that required pay raises and prohibited layoffs.


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