photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer
ANNAPOLIS - University System of Maryland officials hope to see $700,000 in planning and design money for the Hagerstown Education Center in Gov. Parris Glendening's 2001 budget next week.
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The university is recommending a total of $12.4 million through 2003.
With everyone in Annapolis abuzz about the possibilities of a $1 billion budget surplus, hopes are high that Hagerstown's project will be included.
Glendening has already made a verbal commitment to the project at the Baldwin House complex in downtown Hagerstown.
He has said one-time education expenses are a good use of the surplus.
He's expected to announce his 2001 spending plan next week.
"At that point, we'll know for certain," said Delegation Chairman Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.