Monday, May 6, 2013
Closing exhibits will not be replaced to save on security costs.
Exhibits scheduled to close at the Hirshhorn, National Museum of African Art and Smithsonian will not be replaced due to sequestration, according to a Smithsonian spokeswoman. Linda St. Thomas told the DCist website that “in terms of the security of our visitors, bigger crowds require more security,” but she added, “Every museum is still open every day.” The actual number of exhibits accessible to visitors at open museums are yet another casualty of sequestration. On April 16, Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough warned Congress of the potential effects of sequestration on the area’s museums - gallery closings, reduced educational program offerings and building maintenance issues. The Hirshhorn, National Museum of African Art and …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mandated federal budget cuts, if not averted, could impact the large federal presence in Maryland.
Maryland's congressional Democrats are taking to Twitter Thursday afternoon to talk about the coming sequestration cuts to federal budgets. The cuts, equally split between defense and non-defense spending, could have a large impact on Maryland if not averted. Civil employees could be furloughed a day per pay period, and the cuts would also impact work at military bases in Maryland, including at Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground. In Elkridge on Wednesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley said sequestration could cost 12,000 jobs in Maryland. The town hall from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday will be held on the hashtag #AskMDDems and questions and answers will be posted on the delegation's own Twitter feed. We will be following the responses and updating …
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Pipkin: Governor "spells out a world where the pie’s not big enough and the revenue is not big enough."
Gov. Martin O’Malley warned county leaders to be ready for more state budget cuts and possibly tax increases when the General Assembly meets in January. “We will all have to be open to more cuts, and at the same time—to protect our children’s future—we must be open to new revenues,” O’Malley said Saturday in a nearly 25 minute speech to county leaders at the Maryland Association of Counties conference in Ocean City. "One year I hope to be able to come before you and proclaim a return to full employment, a restoration of all highway user dollars and other state grants," O'Malley said. "One year I hope to come here and proclaim the existence of a giant, deficit-slaying surplus. But that year isn't this year." The governor met with county …
Friday, January 21, 2011
State workers avoid furloughs and funding for K-12 education remain flat, but Medicaid payments to hospitals, the state employee retirement system and aid for local governments could see cuts.
Friday, January 21, 2011
By David Saleh Rauf ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing nearly $1 billion in spending cuts, shuffling hundreds of millions of dollars from state funds and slashing aid to local governments to close the state's nearly $1.4 billion budget shortfall in his fiscal 2012 budget unveiled Friday. O'Malley, who has called this his most challenging budget to balance, stayed true to his pledge to present a spending plan that does not include tax hikes, though lawmakers could take steps to change that in the coming months. Under the proposed budget, state workers will avoid furloughs for the first time in three years and funding for K-12 education will remain flat at $5.7 billion -- two bright spots in an otherwise grim spending plan that …