Maryland Association of Counties
The 2009 MACo conference addressed budgetary issues, as the state and counties faced hundreds of millions in budget cuts. Governor Martin O'Malley and his administration had decided to only send "essential staff" to the conference. They also encouraged car pooling and room sharing, and requested that staffers to count their personal time as such.
After the conference, one staffer posted 115 Facebook pictures, many of them showing drinking and drunk staffers, and a generally easy-going affair.
- "O'Malley Advises Frugality For MACo Conference," Washington Post, July 29, 2009
- "Pols Party While Budget Burns," August 17, 2009