Budget conference committee wraps up work

April 10, 2009

ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- A panel of Maryland lawmakers has decided on some of the core lingering issues to resolve differences in budget legislation approved by the House and Senate.

A key piece of the budget puzzle involves using about $180 million from the state's Program Open Space to fill a big part of the fiscal hole. The program uses part of the state's real estate transfer tax to buy public land.

The state will mostly use bonds to fund the program, instead of money from the state's operating budget.

The panel also decided to cut $3 million for stem cell research, leaving about $15.4 million.

The conference committee has been working for days to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate in the state's $13.8 billion operating budget.


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