Maryland's Budget Deficit Is On The Rise | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland's Budget Deficit Is On The Rise

Play associated audio

Maryland's projected budget deficit for next year continues to grow. New numbers released this week show that the projected deficit stands at close to $1.6 billion, about one-third more than earlier estimates.

The new projections could mean a stronger push next year by state lawmakers to shift some of the burden of teacher pensions onto counties. State Senate President Mike Miller told the Baltimore Sun he will push the idea again in Annapolis, even though the state House of Delegates has in years past refused to hear the matter.

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett says his county doesn't have the money to help pay pensions.

"In any and all of the plans, it shifts a significant burden back down to the communities. As low as $11 million in the first year, to as high as $30 million in the first year," Leggett says. "That is a lot of money for a county and counties around the state of Maryland that are strapped for cash right now."

Leggett says the county's projected budget deficit for next year is also on the rise -- now standing at around $200 million. He blames the recent spike on the defeat of ambulance user fees by voters on Election Day.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 30

You can keep things old school with a classic musical and an exhibit featuring watercolor paintings from the 1800s.

NPR

Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore university is the first successful attempt in North America.
NPR

Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House

A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.
NPR

Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

Backlash to the company's move to break its app in two is costing it the users that loved Foursquare the most. "Why do I need two apps when I had one that provided both services?" asked one user.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.