Gov. William Donald Schaefer today detailed $176 million in cost containment measures, the first round of budget cuts necessary to cope with a state deficit approaching $300 million.
Most of the cost savings in the 1990-91 budget are coming through hiring freezes imposed several weeks ago, travel restrictions and relatively minor budget cutbacks. But some programs, particularly in the state health department, will be heavily cut.
Schaefer was to present budget cuts to the state Board of Public Works for approval this afternoon.
"This is the first round of pain," said Del. Charles J. Ryan, D-Prince George's, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
The state budget has suffered because of soaring costs in such programs as welfare and human resources, as well as slumping tax revenue figures brought on by the weak economy.