Mary­land board approves $82 mil­lion in bud­get cuts

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND -

The Board of Public Works ap­proved $82 mil­lion in bud­get cuts Wed­nes­day 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. 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 to avoid lay­offs.

Bac­te­rial out­break closes P.G. hospi­tal unit

Prince Ge­orge’s Hospi­tal Cen­ter said Wed­nes­day it is tem­po­rar­ily clos­ing its neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit and trans­fer­ring five ba­bies to other hos­pi­tals be­cause of a bac­te­rial out­break. The de­ci­sion was made af­ter two ba­bies tested pos­i­tive for the bac­terium Pseu­domonas. The bac­terium is found widely in soil, wa­ter and other parts of the en­vi­ron­ment. While it doesn’t harm most healthy peo­ple, it can lead to ill­ness in ba­bies with health prob­lems. This is the sec­ond clos­ing of the NICU be­cause of Pseu­domonas. In Au­gus, it was closed and test­ing found the bac­terium was com­ing from the wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem feed­ing the NICU. The NICU re-opened Oct. 4 af­ter treat­ment of the wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem and

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