Maryland’s lawmakers are not please with the proposed budget released this week by the White House, saying it could have dire consequences for the Chesapeake Bay, the National Institutes of Health, public television and other parts of the state.
Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue, Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Baltimore City Public Schools officials are considering major staff cuts to make up for an abnormally large budget deficit of $130 million for fiscal 2018.
Despite proposed cuts to the Charm City Circulator that appeared to be on the table earlier this year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake isn’t going to make any final calls on the free bus service before she leaves office later this year.
As education costs continue to rise at an alarming rate, universities are looking for ways to cut back on costs. Even Johns Hopkins, one of the most expensive schools in the U.S., is looking for ways to tighten its belt a bit.
Baltimore City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton warned all winter that layoffs would be necessary as a result of a massive budget hole. In Thornton’s proposal, the school system’s administrative offices on North Ave. will bear the brunt of the cuts instead of individual schools.
Baltimore City Schools officials hinted that they had a major budget hole to close. Now that Superintendent Gregory Thornton has a plan to balance spending, he’s signaling that layoffs are likely ahead.
Being mayor always seemed like fun to me — all those ribbon cuttings! those galas! — except for the whole balancing-the-budget thing. But maybe you’re one of those people who’s always felt that you’d do a great job of prioritizing the city’s competing needs. If so, you can test out your budgeting acumen with the new “Balanced Baltimore” website, which allows you to allocate millions of dollars… as long as you’re willing to make some tough choices.
Basically, you start out with a $20 million deficit and have to figure out how to make up the money. Do you want to cut libraries? Or services for the mentally ill? You could save $1 million if you cut down on repairing potholes — but the roads are already bad enough.