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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporter | January 17, 2008
After a bruising special session to address Maryland's chronic deficits, Gov. Martin O'Malley proposed one of the leanest state budgets in the past two decades, relying on cuts in open space and road maintenance and a slowdown in an education spending initiative to place the state on sound financial footing. The governor proposed a 4 percent increase in the state's operating budget - the lowest in five years and one of the lowest in the past 25 years. A 7.
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April 16, 2014
It's tempting to dismiss Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's proposals to reduce state spending on the basis of his spectacularly bad idea of eliminating the state prosecutor's office. Getting rid of the one semi-independent actor in Maryland's political establishment with the power to investigate public corruption is exactly the wrong thing to do. However, the rest of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's plan includes a number of thoughtful observations about Maryland's $38 billion budget and some sensible approaches to making it more efficient.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,Staff Writer | December 22, 1993
The Maryland General Assembly's special joint Spending Affordability Committee last night recommended that next year's state operating budget grow by 5 percent above current spending levels.But the recommended $444 million increase in spending -- supported by an estimated increase in tax revenues -- would not allow for any new state programs, according to William S. Ratchford II, the legislature's top fiscal adviser.The committee also recommended not extending beyond the Dec. 31, 1994, expiration date a 1 percent surtax on wealthy Marylanders -- the result of action taken by the legislature in April 1992 at the height of the state's budget crisis.
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January 15, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley's final budget proposal leaves the state on a sounder fiscal footing than when he took office seven years ago. Though he will not bequeath his successor anything close to the hefty fund balance his predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., left for him, he will also not saddle the next governor with anything like the projected billion-dollar annual budget shortfalls he faced. And Mr. O'Malley has generally resisted the urge to lard up the election year budget with unaffordable goodies that will help his allies at the ballot box. That said, his final spending plan avoids some of the hard decisions that will ultimately be needed to eliminate for good the state's gap between expenditures and revenues, and it continues a pattern that will limit the next governor's ability to cut taxes or expand services.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer | June 20, 1994
After weeks of debate and accusations, the Annapolis City Council is set to vote tonight on the operating budget for fiscal 1995, which begins July 1.The finance committee, headed by a new chairman, spent most of last week trying to work out compromises that would win the support of a majority on the council.On Friday, the committee met for four hours before coming up with a list of amendments to the budget the finance committee proposed two weeks ago.The amendments to be introduced tonight include the elimination of seven city jobs, an increase in garbage fees from $188 to $200 a year per household in order to pay for twice-a-week garbage collection, and money to continue bus service on Riva Road to the health clinic.
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By SUSAN GVOZDAS | June 22, 2008
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education has approved a $931 million operating budget and a $139 million capital budget for the 2008-2009 school year, matching the allocation approved in May by the county council. The school system's operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 funds agreements in place with all four employee unions, as well as the opening of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) magnet program at North County High School. In addition, it allows for the addition of 44 positions in special education and the hiring of 12 additional school-based secretaries, 12 custodians and four teachers for English language learners.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | March 2, 1994
The Columbia Council adopted a $31.8 million Columbia Association operating budget last night, voting down several proposals to trim spending and backing away from an agreement calling for cuts in administrative costs to offset added expenditures.The budget, approved by an 8-2 vote, exceeded by $30,000 the spending plan prepared and submitted in December by association managers.The council also adopted by a 9-1 vote a $5.8 million capital budget -- $41,500 less than proposed by the association -- and kept the property assessment rate at 73 cents per $100 of assessed value.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | March 3, 1995
Public safety and education account for most of the increases in the $328 million operating budget county department heads are seeking for the fiscal year beginning July 1.The requests, which have not yet been approved by County Executive Charles I. Ecker, bring the budget up 4 percent, or $12.4 million, over the operating budget approved a year ago.But the budget could grow by several million dollars when salary increases from the Board of Education are...
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2002
After several rounds of budgeting yo-yo, the Howard County Board of Education approved a final spending plan Friday for next fiscal year that, at $390.7 million, is $13 million more than this year's operating budget. Board members had requested $398 million to fund programs, services and payrolls next year, but settled for a budget that is about $7 million less. To compensate, textbooks will not be upgraded, fewer custodians will be hired and vacant teaching positions will stay that way a little longer.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | February 21, 2003
The Columbia Association's board of directors voted Wednesday night to spend nearly $900,000 refurbishing Hobbit's Glen Golf Club, including the rebuilding of 16 greens, replacing grass on four and renovating of the course clubhouse. The course will be closed in August and is expected to reopen in May 2004, depending on the weather. The golf course work was included in a capital budget for the association's 2004 fiscal year beginning May 1, that included $7.8 million in spending on projects ranging from repairs for Historic Oakland, the manor house in Town Center, to renewal of a number of village center buildings.
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Editorial from The Aegis | October 8, 2013
Generally speaking, the general public should be a lot more interested in the formulation of a budget for the school system than attendance at public hearings on the subject would seem to indicate. From a philosophical standpoint, public education is a foundation of representative democracy. The populace cannot be expected to make informed decisions about public policy unless everyone has a baseline of general knowledge that includes the ability to read, write, do basic math, understand scientific principles and have a sense of history.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education approved systemwide pay increases last week as part of a $1 billion operating budget, adding more to the raise package than the County Council had initially supported. The budget also includes money for the county's first middle school STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - magnet program, while trimming funding to such items as a textbook program and materials. Earlier this month, the council approved a 2 percent pay increase for school system employees.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
Anne Arundel County schools Superintendent Kevin Maxwell has proposed a $1.01 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2014 that includes $16.6 million for employee raises and $4.5 million for increases in health care costs. It marks the first time that the state's fifth-largest school system has crafted a budget request that crosses the billion-dollar threshold. Maryland's four largest school systems (Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City)
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakedismissed Thursday a package of budget changes proposed by Council PresidentBernard C. "Jack" Young, saying most of his proposals are "unadvisable, unworkable and irresponsible. " "I cannot support them, and I encourage the Council to act responsibly and reject any actions in their furtherance," Rawlings-Blake said in a letter to council members. The mayor said the $4.8 million in cuts Young proposed to the city's $2.3 billion operating budget would result in nearly two dozen layoffs and the elimination of key programs.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is expected to unveil his budget proposal April 20, despite the uncertainty of state funding. Ulman and county budget administrator Ray Wacks gave few details this week, saying the uncertainty at the state level has created an added challenge in making the county's annual operating budget. "We haven't really made up our minds," Wacks said. "The level of uncertainty is pretty high right now. " If the state's "doomsday budget" goes into effect, Howard could stand to lose about 1 percent of its budget, or as much as $9.6 million in state aid for schools, community colleges and the library system, Wacks said.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve Superintendent Kevin Maxwell's operating budget that would add more than 60 teaching positions and fully fund negotiated agreements with employee unions. The board adopted the superintendent's operating budget by a 7-1 vote, with member Amalie Brandenburg opposing. Board member Solon Webb was not present. Maxwell has recommended an operating budget of $986.2 million that requests the authority to fill the teaching positions, which will all be deployed into the classroom, school officials said.
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | January 12, 2006
Carroll County's school superintendent proposed a nearly $300 million operating budget to cover staff pay raises, expansion of full-day kindergarten and rising fuel costs in a presentation to school board members last night. Superintendent Charles I. Ecker's proposed spending is nearly $40 million more than the approved funding for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. About $14 million - about a third of the increase Ecker has proposed over the current operating budget - represents a contribution on behalf of Carroll teachers to their retirement system.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer | May 25, 1995
The Anne Arundel County school board last night approved the transfer of $4.2 million within its operating budget.The transaction, called a fourth-quarter transfer, must be approved by the County Council."
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