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Baltimore mayor wants no pensions for new hires

Monday - 2/11/2013, 3:00pm  ET

Associated Press

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is proposing ending pensions for newly hired civilian employees and moving to a hybrid pension plan for newly hired police officers.

The proposed pension reforms are part of a broad package of cuts intended to stave off a structural budget deficit that could bankrupt the city government.

The Democratic mayor also wants to cut the city workforce by at least 10 percent and increase the number of hours firefighters work. The city recently a commissioned a 10-year financial forecast from an outside consultant that shows it faces $750 million in budget deficits over the next decade.

Rawlings-Blake planned to introduce her proposals in her State of the City address Monday afternoon. The Associated Press obtained an early summary of her remarks.

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