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By Michael P. Orsi
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Topic - Adam Mendelson
Maryland's teachers union is resisting state lawmakers' efforts to trim an anticipated $1.1 billion budget gap by sharing teacher pension costs with counties.
Public-employee unions are anticipating a big win this year in Maryland, fighting back General Assembly efforts to make counties share nearly $1 billion in teacher pension costs with the state.
Counties currently pay retired teachers' Social Security benefits, which Mr. Mendelson said makes up about one-third of their total benefits.
Legislators during this year's General Assembly considered shifting as much as half the costs of teacher pensions to counties, but met stiff opposition from state and local teachers unions that staged several protest rallies and predicted the plan would force jurisdictions to increase class sizes, cut programs and lay off as many as 2,800 employees, Mr. Mendelson said.