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Donoghue moving office to USM-H

January 09, 2009

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, will move his local office to the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown at the end of the month, saving about $7,000 in state funds.

"I decided that in order to do my part to help with the financial state of affairs, I would consolidate and move into a smaller space and support the university at the same time," he said.

Donoghue said he has been paying about $1,000 a month for his office on North Potomac Street in Hagerstown, and will pay only $400 a month for the university office. The state pays for office space for its lawmakers.

Facing a state budget shortfall of about $1 billion, Donoghue said that everyone is looking for ways to cut costs.

"We're going to need to comb through all areas of government where we can make some savings," Donoghue said. "I found a way to do it and at the same time help our university out."

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USM-H also rents office space to U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Maryland, whose office is next to Donoghue's.

USM-H Executive Director C. David Warner III said he was happy to have Donoghue there, and that he has always been a supporter of the local campus.

Donoghue saw his office for the first time Wednesday. The new address will be University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, 32 W. Washington St., Suite 202, Hagerstown, Md., 21740. His phone number, 301-790-3780, will remain the same.

-- Erin Cunningham

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