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Md. budget cuts: 205 layoffs, $210 million in local aid

August 25, 2009

ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley has outlined $454 million in budget cuts including 205 layoffs and cuts to state agencies and local government aid.

The plan announced Tuesday includes $210 million in local aid cuts. Of that, about $160 million will come from state aid to local roads. About $20 million will affect local health departments, and another $20 million will come from aid to police. Community colleges will lose about $11 million.

There will be 205 layoffs, and 159 vacant positions will be cut, saving about $17 million.

The O'Malley administration outlined a furlough plan on Monday. It saves about $75 million and focuses stay-home days on people who make the most money, with people who make more than $100,000 losing 10 days of pay.

The cuts go to the Board of Public Works on Wednesday.

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