Governor’s Budget – Supports funding for Parks, Playgrounds, Farms, and Historic Places
The Governor has submitted his budget – but the legislature still needs to act. The budget includes funding as required by last year’s historic legislation (2016 HB 462) requiring a return to full cash funding for all programs funded by the transfer tax. Here is what that means for land protection:
State side POS – $27.9 million to fund Maryland’s state parks and important ecological area.
Local side POS – $37.2 million to support local parks and playgrounds
Rural Legacy – $23.9 million to preservation areas rich in multiple resources
MALPF – $32.9 million to preservation farmland, with an emphasis on prime soils
Maryland Heritage Areas – $3 million to support the areas that tell the story of our heritage.
Baltimore City – $3.5 million for parks and playgrounds in Baltimore
Next Generation Farmer Program – $2.5 million to help new farmers afford the land they need to begin a successful operation. This was the only program cut in the Governor’s budget. The funding anticipated was $5 million.
Please let your legislators know that these programs are important to you and your organization. Join us in preserving Maryland’s beauty!
Your Partnership is essential to our success. While we can talk details with key legislators, we rely on you, our network of organizations who care about protecting land with Program Open Space, to go to your members and ask them to contact their legislators. That is how we get it done!
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- House panel hears pitch for more heritage tourism funding – Herald-Mail Media
- Governor Larry Hogan Delivers 2017 State of the State Address – Southern Maryland News Net
- Maryland AG seeks data on how order is being executed – Fox Baltimore
- Full text: 2017 Maryland State of the State address – WBAL Baltimore
- Hogan’s State of the State address, as prepared – Baltimore Sun