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Major cuts from Maryland budget

October 16, 2008

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $297 million in general fund cuts at Wednesday's meeting. Here's a look at some of the most prominent cuts:

HEALTH



o Health care provider rate increases reduced. Community provider rate increases go from 2.7 percent to 2 percent; nursing home rate increases drop from 6.5 percent to 3.25 percent; residential treatment centers rate increase goes from 4 percent to 2 percent; the physician rate increase is cut from 2 percent to 1 percent. Total general fund cut: $20.7 million.

o Reduced funds for Medicaid to recognize availability of Cigarette Restitution Funds freed up by Academic Health Center and Tobacco Transition Program reductions. $5.9 million.

o Reducing payment rates to hospitals in Montgomery and Prince George's counties effective Jan. 1. Total general fund cut: $4.3 million.

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o Abolish 181 vacant positions. $5.3 million.

EDUCATION



o A 1.5 percent reduction to the University of Maryland System. $15.6 million.

o A 10 percent reduction for the Sellinger program, which funds private colleges. $5.6 million.

o Increased aid for community colleges reduced by 50 percent for fiscal year 2009. $8.2 million.

o A 33 percent reduction for workforce training related to military base realignment preparation. $1 million.

o A 2 percent reduction for Education Excellence Awards. $1.3 million.

HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT



o Reduced funding from $6.5 million to $4.2 million for grants to local governments and community development organizations.

AGRICULTURE



o Cover crop program loses $3.1 million because available funding exceeds projected demand.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT



o Maryland State Arts Council funding reduced by $15.2 million.

o Maryland Tourism Development Board funding reduced by $2.2 million.

LOCAL AID



o Payments for inmates housed in local jails reduced by 25 percent. $6 million.

o Local health budget reduced by 2.6 percent. $1.8 million.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

n Eliminate 100 vacant correctional officer positions and correctional supply officers. $2.9 million.

n Abolish 61 vacant positions, including ones in information technology support, fingerprint specialists, secretaries, clerical and administrative support and customer service. $1.6 million.

STATE POLICE

n Cuts to reflect current vacancy level among state troopers, leaving enough for new trooper class late in the fiscal year. $4.5 million.

STATEWIDE

n No additional fiscal year 2009 Other Post Employment Benefits contribution, $46 million.

SOURCE: Gov. Martin O'Malley administration

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