Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has submitted his supplemental budget for the Fiscal Year 2020, which the Governor’s office boasts as saving 27 million dollars in general funds, providing increased funding for state and local initiatives and making “necessary technical corrections.”
The Governor’s Office says it includes 2.8 million dollars for the University of Maryland, 1.5 million dollars for Maryland’s Dairy Farmers, 250 million dollars for Ellicott City public Alert System and 27 million dollars in additional savings.
The largest savings are expected to be in Medicaid, as the state now forecasts nearly 35 million more dollars in savings across FYs 2019 and 2020. The 2020 budget also includes 1.5 million dollars pledged by Governor Hogan to enable Maryland’s dairy farmers to participate in the Federal Dairy Margin Coverage Program, allowing them to leverage up to 17 million dollars in federal funds.
The University of Maryland will see a nearly $2.8 million increase that will go toward attracting and retaining top talent at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, operating costs at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, to establish National Registry testing centers at Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute’s training regions to increase student access to emergency medical services certification, and to implement programs and initiatives to improve educational outcomes, promote civic engagement, and raise awareness around mental health and wellness among vulnerable populations at the Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice and Ethics.
Also included is $250,000 in the current fiscal year for a public alert system in Ellicott City, $243,000 to expand cold-weather shelter services for individuals experiencing homelessness in Charles County, and $110,500 to support inspection, compliance, and enforcement activities related to the federal Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.