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-- Clarence Williams


Md. Parks to Open Furlough Day

Maryland state parks will remain open and fully staffed Friday, even as most state employees take an unpaid day off because of a budget shortage.

Friday is the first of five furlough days ordered by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) as part of an effort to close a $700 million shortfall. The state estimates that, by keeping all but emergency workers home, it can save $75 million and prevent the loss of 1,500 jobs. Parks employees were exempted because of the crowds expected Labor Day weekend, state officials said. Those employees will still have to take another furlough day in the same pay period.

-- David A. Fahrenthold

New Role for O'Malley Official

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday that Michael R. Enright, a boyhood friend and longtime aide, is stepping down as his chief of staff to take on a new role as senior adviser to the governor.

Matthew D. Gallagher, a deputy chief of staff known for his mastery of the nuts and bolts of state government, will take over Enright's role, O'Malley said. Enright served as first deputy mayor during O'Malley's tenure as Baltimore mayor and moved with him to Annapolis in 2007 when he became governor. Gallagher also worked for O'Malley in Baltimore, spearheading his statistics-driven government accountability program, CitiStat, which received national attention.

-- John Wagner

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