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$82 Million in Cuts Approved by Maryland Public Works

November 4th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Board of Public Works this week approved $82 million in cuts and spending transfers to help address a Maryland budget shortfall. Governor Larry Hogan, who chairs the three-member board, requested the cuts to avoid a shortfall of up to $250 million. The vote was unanimous. The cuts include $20 million to Medicare funding, which will be offset by cigarette restitution funds. Another $18 million will be cut from the University System of Maryland, in part through abolishing 60 vacant positions and 41 filled positions. USM Chancellor Robert Caret told the board that the filled positions are being eliminated through early retirements. The proposal also shaves $4 million for the Sellinger Program for independent, nonprofit colleges and another $4 million in disparity grants to local governments. Hogan says the cuts should send a signal to lawmakers to be disciplined in proposing spending increases in crafting next year's budget…


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