On Wednesday, the Board of Public Works voted to slash more a $61 million from the state’s current $43.5 billion budget. One entity initially included in Hogan’s budget cut proposal went untouched, the local school systems budget which would have lost $6.3 million from
The three-member panel, consisting of Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot unanimously voted to reduce state spending by $61 million this year.
The Department of Health will be hit the hardest, losing $22.2 million. About $10 million of that amount will be the form of payments to hospitals. More than $6 million will be slashed from the state’s disparity grant program and $757,000 from the Department of the Environment.
The Commission on Civil Rights is set to lose $51,000, Lottery and Gaming Control Agency $379,000, Department of Planning $403, 121 and Department of Natural Resources $1,020,000.
Other agencies and programs impacted by the budget cuts include the Department of Natural Resources ($1,020,000); Department of Juvenile Services ($4,500,660); Department of Information Technology ($909,065); Department of Budget and Management ($305,000); Department of Aging ($300,000); Executive Department-Governor ($150,000); Department of Agriculture ($390,622); Department of Human Services $7,119,129); Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation ($457,725); Department of Public Safety and Correctional ($8,434,500); Maryland State Archives ($34,559); University System of Maryland ($8,000,000); Morgan State University ($565,000); Maryland Higher Education Commission ($2,091,3333) and others.
The updated budget cut comes as state budget analysts anticipate a $742 million budget shortfall in fiscal year 2019.