Possible cuts in O'Malley's alternative for Md.

October 24, 2007

On Tuesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley outlined a way to cut Maryland's $1.7 billion structural deficit through cuts, if his proposed mix of tax increases and changes fails.

Washington County would face $19 million in cuts or eliminated increases, including:

· $6.2 million in frozen education funding

· $6 million for Medicaid

· $1.4 million in frozen teacher and library pensions

· $782,000 for Hagerstown Community College

· $259,000 for local health

· $138,000 in police aid

· $119,000 in library grants

Also, Maryland State Arts Council funding that totaled $13 million statewide this year would be eliminated. The program helped fund Western Maryland Blues Fest, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.


Source: governor's office

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