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Economy sluggish, jurisdictions look to cut budgets
Economy sluggish, jurisdictions look to cut budgets

Government workers in Harford County are being encouraged to take early retirement. In Howard County, departments have been told to cut costs by 5 percent. Baltimore City officials are preparing to close a $15 million shortfall. Midway through the government budgeting year, local jurisdictions are tightening their belts as revenues fall short of projections and the threat of cuts in state aid looms large. State agencies were directed to start cutting a month ago to address a $300 million gap in this year's budget, with another $600 million shortage expected next year. On Thursday, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan declared that Maryland faces a fiscal crisis requiring tough decisions. That talk...