Maryland Board of Public Works
Maryland state agencies will take a 2 percent across-the-board budget cut, and higher education will absorb an added $18 million cut as part of plan to fill a $410 million shortfall for the current fiscal year, according to a plan approved by a state board Wednesday.
A Maryland board has significantly changed a proposal to buy land on the Eastern Shore and lease it to a Democratic political donor for $1 a month to process and distribute locally produced food.
A Northern Virginia firms plans to build a power plant at a prison on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that will produce electricity from chicken manure.
The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a lease agreement for a facility at the Eastern Correctional Institution that will turn chicken manure into energy.
The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved about $18 million in grants for three county school systems from money that will be raised by an increase in the sales tax on alcohol, although one board member questioned why $2 million to replace natural grass football fields with artificial turf at two high schools in Howard County was a priority.
Gov. Martin O’Malley and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted for the move. The Department of General Services says the move will save money by moving MHEC from leased space to state-owned space.
The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to consider approving bonds needed to build a new public health laboratory in Baltimore.