Baltimore mayor calls emergency cabinet meeting on budget
8:55 AM, Mar 4, 2013
4:43 PM, Mar 4, 2013
BALTIMORE - Congress has failed to avoid automatic budget cuts and a series of forced spending cuts are now in effect.
Monday Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called an emergency cabinet meeting.
During the meeting the mayor will discussed the impact of federal budget cuts caused by the sequestration that went into effect on Friday.
Baltimore was already facing a $750 million deficit over the next decade.
A report by a consulting firm showed that changes are needed to prevent Baltimore from going bankrupt.
Rawlings-Blake proposed budget cuts including a call to end pensions for newly hired civilian employees-- new hires would be shifted to a 401k style retirement plan.
She also called for cutting the city workforce by at least 10 percent over eight years.
As far as cuts for the state, Maryland will lose approximately $14.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education putting around 200 teacher and aide jobs at risk.
Head Start and early head start services would be eliminated for nearly 800 children in Maryland. And nearly 46,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed reducing gross pay around $353.7 million.
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Education • Maryland will lose approximately $14.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education • An estimated 350 special education teachers will lose their jobs • On average school districts are preparing for a 6-10 percent reduction in funding • Head Start and early Head Start Services would be eliminated for nearly 800 Maryland children
Travel • Nearly 46,000 civilian Department of Defense employees could be furloughed • You could face more flight delays and longer lines at the airport because of FAA employee furloughs
Misc. • About 750 Marylanders will be denied entry into substance abuse treatment programs • Approximately 8,600 pregnant women and young children will lose access to nutritious food when Women, Infants and Children (WIC) funding is cut • Approximately 150 fewer disabled individuals will receive vocational rehabilitation services- the wait list is currently 14 months long • About 430 low-income families will lose their subsidized child care