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.