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Mon Oct 31, 2016, 05:02 PM

Hogan administration says state needs to cut $82 million to close revenue gap

The Hogan administration will ask the Board of Public Works to approve $82 million in spending cuts from the current state budget, including cuts to colleges and universities, local governments and Medicaid.

The proposal, which will go to the board next week, reflects an expected revenue shortfall. The board is made up of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and two Democrats, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp.

Budget Secretary David R. Brinkley outlined the proposed reductions to the state's $43 billion budget in a conference call Friday. He presented the action as part of Hogan's strategy to address an expected budget gap of $175 million to $225 million.

Brinkley echoed points raised by the General Assembly's chief budget analyst, Warren Deschenaux, at a briefing this week. Deschenaux, who in the past has been a target of Hogan administration criticism, had warned lawmakers that the state can't continue to spend more than it is bringing in.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-budget-cuts-20161028-story.html

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