Governor O'Malley's FY09 Budget Supports DLLR Programs


Shows Commitment to Workforce Creation

BALTIMORE (1-16-08) - Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas E. Perez today announced how Marylanders will benefit from Governor O'Malley's vision of Growing Maryland's Middle Class through Workforce Creation and new laws to protect Maryland employees.

The fiscal year 2009 budget for the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation totals $172.8 million, an increase of $1.3 million.

"The Governor saw our need for additional resources and answered with additional dollars to ensure services that protect the consumer," said Secretary Perez. "We will be able to retain experienced bank examiners, enforce the Living Wage Law, provide employment training to better prepare for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and serve our costumers on the Eastern Shore Regional with a new Call Center in Salisbury."

The Division of Financial Regulation's budget totals $8.4 million, an increase of $900,000 over the FY 2008 appropriation. The increase to the budget will immediately address the recruitment and retention of bank examiners, who play a critical role in enforcing laws protecting consumers against mortgage fraud.

The Division of Labor and Industry's budget saw an increase of 5.2% over FY 2008's appropriation and totals $15.3 million. $200,000 will go to the implementation of the nation's first "Living Wage Law" and enforcement of the existing Prevailing Wage Law, including funds to support four new wage investigators.

The Division of Workforce Development has a budget that totals $49.7 million, an increase of $3.2 million. The increase is attributable to additional federal funds received for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) planning activities.

With 1,500 calls a week for claim purposes expected, the Division of Unemployment Insurance will receive $744,000 in the capital budget for equipping a new Unemployment Insurance Call Center on the Eastern Shore. It is scheduled to open December 2008. This new unemployment insurance office, one of six, will process initial unemployment claims and adjudicate claim disputes. UI is funded at $53.9 million Funding for the Division of Racing, totals $5.8 million.

The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, is funded at $10.4 million.

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