Maryland state employees participating in the $1 billion-plus Maryland Teachers & State Employee Supplemental Retirement Plan, Baltimore, will be eligible to receive up to $600 a year in matching contributions starting next year. The match will kick in July 1, 1999, for about 50,000 employees. State employees participating in other retirement programs are not eligible.
``Maryland is one of only four state defined contribution programs in the country to offer its employees a match,'' said Frederick W. Puddester, chairman of the state's supplemental retirement plan. The match was made possible by a recently passed state law.