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Panel to consider full funding for USM-H

March 27, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

ANNAPOLIS -- Later today, a Maryland Senate committee will consider whether to accept a panel's recommendation to keep full funding for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, and strike an amendment that would require a study of the center's viability.

Lawmakers in the House of Delegates are considering a $500,000 decrease in funding for the downtown Hagerstown campus in the upcoming fiscal year. The center's current budget is $2 million.

The House also approved an amendment offered by Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Allegany/Washington, to create a task force that could recommend the center change its model.

However, Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, D-Baltimore/Howard, says the subcommittee he heads recommended that USM-H keep its state money, and that Myers' amendment be dropped.

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The Senate Budget & Taxation Committee is expected to vote on the subcommittee's recommendation this afternoon.

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