Thanks to Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, $1 million has been added to the state budget to fund the start-up of the University System of Maryland's Hagerstown Education Center.
Citizens interested in this vital project should send expressions of their appreciation to the governor and to the as-yet-unnamed local businesspeople funding a lobbyist's effort to shepherd the cash through the budget process.
Under Maryland's constitution, only the governor can add money to the budget, but the legislature can cut it. We had expected Ehrlich to push the Washington County delegation for a public statement of support for his programs, but if promises have been made, they haven't yet been revealed.
Now the effort will focus on House Speaker Michael Busch, who is at odds with the governor on a variety of issues, including slots and taxation.