Union concerned about effect of cuts to public safety

Union concerned about effect of cuts to public safety

By Bryan P. Sears
September 8, 2017

The Board of Public Works, chaired by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, approved Wednesday $8.4 million in cuts to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services as part of more than $79 million in budget actions. Officials within the department said the reductions won’t permanently eliminate positions nor affect efforts to recruit to fill vacant positions.

Patrick Moran, president of AFSCME Maryland Council 3, said he remains skeptical regarding claims that positions remain available.

“What they are saying does not comport with the reality on the ground,” said Moran, who added that he is getting reports from prisons around the state that positions have been permanently cut.

“I’m skeptical those positions are still there,” he continued. “The reality is that when (positions) go away, they never come back unless the flood waters rise and locusts descend from the skies.”

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