Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Md. Gov. Hogan proposes $82M in cuts - Kathy Stewar, WTOP

Maryland’s governor is asking for $82 million in spending cuts so the state can begin to close a budget gap that is expected to grow. Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration says the cuts are necessary and that more will probably be needed, The Baltimore Sun reports, since tax revenue is down and a projected budget shortfall for the fiscal year that began July 1 is expected to be between $175 million and $225 million. Prince George’s County would lose $3.5 million in grants, while the University System of Maryland would be hit with $18.3 million in cuts. The Sun reports the cuts would mean the elimination of 61 vacant positions for the university system and the elimination of 41 other positions, though the university system’s vice chancellor for administration and finance says the system can use new vacancies to avoid potential layoffs.

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