ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate is expected to vote today on a $1 billion capital budget bill that does not include future financing of the proposed downtown hotel and conference center.
Sen. Ron Young (D-District 3) said he expects $11 million in funding preauthorizations for the project, which were deleted when Gov. Larry Hogan (R) first presented the bill, will be added at a later time.
The Senate gave preliminary approval to the capital budget on Tuesday. A final vote is expected Wednesday.
The budget bill will move on to the House of Delegates for consideration, before a conference committee of lawmakers from both chambers meets to iron out differences between their capital budget bills.
Highlights of this year’s Senate capital budget include $355 million for school construction; $10 million for school safety improvements, on top of funding for school safety included in the state’s operating budget; $10 million for HVAC improvements in Baltimore schools where some students have been without heat in periods of extreme cold; and funding for colleges, environmental projects, infrastructure, affordable housing and public safety.
County projects funded in the Senate bill include:
- $586,000 for renovations to the Veditz Building at the Maryland School for the Deaf.
- Renovations at Frederick Community College Building E.
- $250,000 for New Spire Arts for its downtown Frederick site.
- $50,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County for its new location on Madison Street.
- $20,000 for the Brunswick Junior Railroaders for field improvements.
- $55,000 for CrossRoads Freedom Center Recovery Housing for renovations to a recovery home.
- $25,000 for the Lucy School to preserve the Helen Smith Studio.
- $25,000 for the Historical Society of Frederick County for museum repair as the result of water damage.
- $50,000 for the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve for its Northwest Trek project.
Additional projects may be funded in the House of Delegates.