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.

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Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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