Maryland Board Cuts $77M from State Budget - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Maryland Board Cuts $77M from State Budget

Posted:
(Photo: MGN) (Photo: MGN)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works approved an $84 million plan on the second day of the fiscal year Wednesday to address state revenues that are underperforming.

The board includes Gov. Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. It voted 3-0 for about $77 million in spending reductions and $7 million in fund transfers to get an early start on making up for the shortfall.

"Taking action this early in the fiscal year, it is especially prudent since agencies will be in a better position to adjust their standing and to live within their means," said T. Eloise Foster, O'Malley's budget secretary.

About $56 million of the cuts are reductions in state agency budgets, Foster said, and 61 vacant state government jobs will be eliminated. The plan did not include layoffs. About $3 million were cut from the state's Sellinger Program, which provides state aid to independent colleges.

The cuts were approved just over a week before the state's primary races for statewide offices such as governor and attorney general and seats in the Maryland General Assembly. Now that the primaries are over, Franchot said it's time for candidates from both parties to stop spouting political rhetoric about the economy and recognize that Maryland still faces economic problems in the aftermath of the recession.

"To those who would benefit from a rosier outlook on a national-state economy, stop pretending that we've made it through the thick of it, because we just haven't," Franchot, a Democrat, said. "And to those who would benefit from saying that the sky is falling in Maryland, blame it all on the other political party, cut it out - because what we are dealing with is a statewide reflection of a national problem."

O'Malley, a Democrat who is term-limited and in his final year as governor, outlined a series of initiatives he has supported to help strengthen the state's economy, such making college education more affordable. The governor, who is considering running for president in 2016, also noted his support for raising the minimum wage and investing in infrastructure like schools. He then blamed Republicans in Congress for shutting down the government last year and hurting consumer confidence.

"It sent a ripple effect, not only through our region, it really sent it through the whole country," O'Malley said.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Ocean City Postpones Median Project

    Ocean City Postpones Median Project

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:20 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:20:09 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 11:15 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:15:10 GMT

    Ocean City median project has been postponed till fall of 2018. 

    More

    Ocean City median project has been postponed till fall of 2018. 

    More
  • White Marlin Open Tournament Trial Underway In Baltimore

    White Marlin Open Tournament Trial Underway In Baltimore

    Monday, May 22 2017 10:52 PM EDT2017-05-23 02:52:10 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 11:12 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:12:32 GMT

    BALTIMORE, MD -  It was last August, when Phil Heasley from Florida caught a 76.5 pound white marlin off the coast of Ocean City. That fish made him the winner of 2.8 million dollars in prize money for the 2016 White Marlin Open Tournament. Tournament officials however said Heasley and his crew failed the post-tournament lie detector tests regarding tournament rules. In a statement on the event's website last August, White Marlin Tournament officials said they were inv...

    More

    BALTIMORE, MD -  It was last August, when Phil Heasley from Florida caught a 76.5 pound white marlin off the coast of Ocean City. That fish made him the winner of 2.8 million dollars in prize money for the 2016 White Marlin Open Tournament. Tournament officials however said Heasley and his crew failed the post-tournament lie detector tests regarding tournament rules. In a statement on the event's website last August, White Marlin Tournament officials said they were inv...

    More
  • Discussion Sparked on Kent County's "Dangerous" Animal Ban

    Discussion Sparked on Kent County's "Dangerous" Animal Ban

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:46 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:46:41 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 11:11 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:11:44 GMT

    DOVER, Del. -- John Zalewski of Kent County says he'd like to keep poison dart frogs at his home near Milford, something he thinks would not be blocked by the state's permitting process for exotic animals. However, Zalewski claims he was told by Kent County the frogs would be classified as dangerous animals, even though he said the amphibians are not poisonous when held in captivity. "I'd put one in my mouth or whatever. They're completely harmless," he said. Kent Co...

    More

    DOVER, Del. -- John Zalewski of Kent County says he'd like to keep poison dart frogs at his home near Milford, something he thinks would not be blocked by the state's permitting process for exotic animals. However, Zalewski claims he was told by Kent County the frogs would be classified as dangerous animals, even though he said the amphibians are not poisonous when held in captivity. "I'd put one in my mouth or whatever. They're completely harmless," he said. Kent Co...

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices