Maryland’s $13B Budget Gets Initial Stamp of Approval

Decision made after Senate cut $120M from O’Malley’s proposal

By Adrienne Welsch
|  Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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Maryland’s $13B Budget Gets Initial Stamp of Approval

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The Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to the state’s $13 billion operating budget.

The approval came after the Senate made about $120 million in cuts to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 2011 budget proposal.  Some of the most noticeable cuts include reducing a fund to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay from $20 million to $10 million.  The Senate also cut stem cell research from $12.4 million to $6.2 million.

In addition, the Senate approved a plan to gradually start making counties share teacher pension costs starting in 2012.

The budget now goes to the House for consideration.

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