The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is to hear its subcommittee's recommendation today to cut $300,000 from the budget of the state's Office of Sports Promotion.
The subcommittee voted to forward those cuts to its parent committee Friday.
The Office of Sports Promotion, a program of Maryland's Department of Economic and Employment Development, has been in jeopardy since last month, when a legislative budget analyst recommended the basic termination of the office. However, a House subcommittee voted to cut only $125,000 of the $250,000 OSP budget earmarked for the Maryland State Games, and left the OSP's remaining request for $664,000 intact.
Now the office is again in danger.
"The Senate subcommittee cut one position from a two-person staff and left no flexibility in the grant funds [$238,500]," said Dean Kenderdine, the assistant director of DEED. "The real work of sports promotion is two-fold: One, it does all the hard work that goes into attracting sports events to the state; and two, it does all the hard work that goes into servicing those events while they are here. We're now faced with [the possibility of] an office so severely reduced, our ability to serve both of those functions will be drastically curtailed."