Maryland lawmakers will be facing a shortfall of about $593 million under current projections when they work on the budget for the next fiscal year.
Virginia ended fiscal 2014 with a $438.5 million shortfall, a 1.6 percent drop from the year before.
The committee fine-tuning Maryland’s budget has allocated $10 million to have attorneys staff initial bail hearings during the next fiscal year.
Sen. Edward Kasemeyer says Maryland should look to the film industry for jobs it has lost in manufacturing.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has identified a series of duplicated tech investments totaling nearly $321 million in possibly wasted spending from three federal agencies.
Furloughs, which have forced a 20 percent pay cut on most of the military’s civilian workforce, probably will continue next year and might worsen.