Thursday, August 27, 2009

HoCo Loses $8.3M In State Aid

The Sun says the cuts are needed to deal with state budget woes and could mean "an immediate ban on local road repaving and possible higher costs at Howard Community College."

County health officer Peter L. Beilenson said he will have to lay off as many as 10 people and end programs in county clinics for services such as cancer screenings, sexually transmitted disease prevention, tuberculosis and other kinds of screenings, and tobacco use cessation. The effect of the cuts will be magnified, he said, because most savings must be squeezed from cuts that can’t be imposed until the second half of the current fiscal year, which began July 1.

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