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AFSCME holds caravan through Baltimore City, protesting proposed budget cuts

Posted at 6:57 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 08:25:58-04

BALTIMORE — Proposed budget cuts are set to be voted on during Wednesday’s board of public works meeting.

The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees want that vote postponed.

Tuesday afternoon, they held a caravan through Baltimore City. The stops included the governor's Baltimore office on St. Paul Street and State Center.

Organizers said Governor Hogan's administration is looking for reductions totaling nearly $1.5 billion despite an unclear economic future and a rainy-day fund that still sits at close to $1 billion.

They said cutting frontline employees during this time of crisis is unacceptable, that cutting wages and pensions and increasing healthcare costs is malicious.

“A lot of the agencies already have low staffing so we’re looking to see what else you can cut like we’re working with the bare minimum. And it’s not only affecting us but it’s affecting the surrounding communities. We are citizens of Maryland we go out and we help the economy thrive. So, if you’re taking away from us, you’re taking away from the community and you’re taking away from the economy.”

During the caravan organizers also awarded Governor Hogan the worst boss ever award.

Organizers want the board to postpone action until the state has sat down and mutually negotiated an agreement with AFSCME.