Thursday, November 10, 2016

Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposed $18M in USM budget cuts puts over 100 staff positions at stake - Lexie Schapitl, Diamondback

Gov. Larry Hogan will propose more than $18.2 million in cuts to the University System of Maryland budget, which would eliminate more than 100 staff positions and reduce operating expenses throughout the system, at a Board of Public Works Meeting this Wednesday. The proposal would reduce the system's workforce by 41 filled positions and 60 vacant positions, according to Wednesday's Board of Public Works agenda. It also seeks to cut "various operating expenditures" in the system by $2.7 million, which is included in the proposed $18.2 million cut. The Washington Post reported Friday that the USM budget cuts are "part of a larger effort to close what could amount to a $250 million gap in the state's $42 billion budget." The board will consider a total of $82 million in reductions to the state's budget at Wednesday's meeting.

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