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Maryland board approves $82 million in cuts to state budget

The Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved $82 million in budget cuts proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan to help close a gap left by revenues that have fallen as much as $225 million short of expectations.

The three-member board, which has the power to make cuts midway through the budget year, voted unanimously to approve the package. It was a far more modest trim to a $43 billion budget than some the board made during the recession.

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State Budget Secretary David R. Brinkley minimized the impact of the reductions, saying that for some programs, including Medicaid, the state would fill in with off-budget funds. In other cases, he said, the cuts reflect declining caseloads in such areas as juvenile justice.

One of the largest cuts will be absorbed by the University System of Maryland, which took an $18.3 million decrease and is expected to lose 101 positions. Chancellor Robert Caret told the board that the system received adequate notice to plan for the cuts and has been able to bank enough vacant positions that it can avoid layoffs.

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