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Hogan proclaims Christmas Eve state holiday, honors state employee pay raises

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 13:14:54-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — This year in Maryland, Christmas Eve will be recognized as a holiday.

Governor Larry Hogan announced the proclamation on Wednesday.

This means government and state buildings will be closed December 24.

Although still far below pre-COVID-19 levels, Hogan says new state revenue projections will allow Maryland to honor previously negotiated contracts with state employee unions.

Those contracts include a 2 percent cost of living increase for state employees represented by the American Federation of Teachers-Healthcare, the Maryland Professional Employees Council and the American Federation of State, Local and County Employees.

The state also plans to restore increases that were negotiated, but withheld, from the state’s police unions, including the State Law Enforcement Labor Alliance and the MDTA Fraternal Order of Police.

Early last week President Donald Trump gave federal workers paid time off on Christmas Eve.