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Money approved for college campus

April 05, 1999

Gov. Parris Glendening, as promised, has set aside money to help establish the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center.

Glendening's office announced Monday that the county will get $150,000 to start planning the campus off Interstate 70 at Downsville Pike.

The grant was included in the last $153 million piece of Glendening's budget proposal, which he had been holding back as he negotiated for votes on his legislative proposals such as a tobacco tax, gay rights and collective bargaining.

Complete funding of the budget depends on passage of his proposed $1-per-pack tobacco tax.

Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, announced Friday that Glendening had set aside $120,000 for the campus.

Monday's announcement was $30,000 more money than expected, but less than the $800,000 the county had requested.

Local officials were less concerned about the amount of money in the budget than the fact Glendening has committed his support.

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The grant virtually guarantees that the state will follow through with building the $12 million campus.

"I think it's great. I think the delegation worked hard along with the steering committee on which Sen. (Donald F.) Munson and I sit," said Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington.

Lawmakers and community leaders had lobbied the governor to fund the campus.

- Laura Ernde

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