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Prison project funding reduced in budget

April 10, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

One-fourth of the $32.6 million proposed for a state prison project in Washington County has been trimmed from the state's fiscal year 2008 budget.

Funding for a new 384-bed housing unit at Maryland Correctional Training Center was lowered to $25 million in a version to which the House and Senate have agreed.

Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed 2008 capital budget allocated $32.6 million.

That was cut to $25 million in the House's version of the budget. The Senate's version remained $32.6 million.

When a conference committee worked out budget differences, it stuck with $25 million, according to a report released Monday.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, a conference committee member, said the money has been deferred, not eliminated. The funding "will be spread out" over more than one year, he said.

MCTC is one of three state prisons in a complex south of Hagerstown.

Funding for another MCTC project - $9.8 million worth of upgrades - was kept intact in the final version of the budget.

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