May 28, 2009

CARDIN ANNOUNCES PRIORITY APPROPRIATIONS REQUESTS FOR MARYLAND, INCL. BALTIMORE AREA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today announced his FY 2010 budget appropriations requests for Maryland, including priorities for the Baltimore region .   The Senate will take up the appropriations bills this summer. A complete list of Senator Cardin's appropriations requests can be found at cardin.senate.gov .

 

"The appropriations process must be open and transparent. The American people have a right to know how their tax dollars may be used.   I have carefully vetted every request for Fiscal Year 2010 to ensure that they reflect our regional and national priorities and will help Maryland meet the challenges of the future," said Senator Cardin. "My appropriations requests focus on creating new jobs through innovation and technology, improving our transportation infrastructure, supporting health research, strengthening homeland security, restoring the environment and lessening our dependence on foreign energy."  

 

More than 45 percent of all funds requested by Senator Cardin fund or supplement funding for federal programs that benefit Maryland. Approximately 30 percent of the funds requested would provide essential resources to our state and local governments.

 

Examples of statewide requests include:

 

·          $2 million for the State of Maryland for its First Responder Interoperability Project to help the state implement an interoperability radio system

 

·          $ 1 million for the Maryland State Police to upgrade the state's computer aided dispatch/management system to coordinate resources and provide quicker deployments in case of an emergency

 

·          $2.5 million for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's statewide oral health literacy campaign to educate low-income, high-risk families about the importance of oral health and preventive behaviors including working with dental and medical providers

 

·          $2 million for essential infrastructure of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails

Examples of requests from Senator Cardin for entities or projects based in the Baltimore region include:

·          $40 million to fully fund the EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program Office, which is essential to accelerate the restoration efforts underway in the watershed

 

·          $22.5 million for the Baltimore Harbor for maintenance dredging of Baltimore District Channels

 

·          $16 million to renovate and increase space for the Maryland National Guard's CSM Jerome M. Grollman Readiness Center in Dundalk

 

·          $15 million for the Maryland Transit Administration to replace aging busses and bus facilities in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area

 

·          $10 million for the Baltimore Red Line, a proposed 14-mile light rail or bus rapid transit line extending from the Woodlawn area through downtown Baltimore City to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Campus in East Baltimore       

 

·          $10 million for planning, design, and construction of Biological Nutrient Removal and Enhanced Nutrient Removal facilities at the existing Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant. An additional $200,000 for the Patapsco Urban River Restoration Initiative.

 

·          $7.15 million for the Intracoastal Waterway from the Delaware River to the Chesapeake Bay. Funds would be used for maintenance dredging for the C&D Canal and approach channels and replacing the Main Span Deck Joint over North Pier Chesapeake City Bridge

 

·          $5 million for advanced restoration therapies for spinal cord injury at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Center

 

·          $5 million for intersection improvements around Ft. George G. Meade to improve safety, operations and access. 50,000 new residents will arrive in Maryland in the next few years because of the BRAC process.

 

·          $4.75 million for an advanced Integrated Chemical and Biological Detection System to warn military personnel and first responders before weapons of mass destruction and chemical or biological agents reach dangerous exposure levels.

 

·          $4 million restoration of oyster habitat and oyster reefs and planting disease-free oysters in scientifically-selected sites throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed through a grants program and partnership with the Oyster Recovery Project

 

·          $3 million for physical infrastructure and workforce training at the University of Maryland at Baltimore's BioPark, which will help establish the Baltimore region as a center for scientific research while revitalizing an economically distressed neighborhood

 

·          $3 million to create the National Center for Craniofacial Reconstruction at the University of Maryland Baltimore as a national resource for military and civilian patients

 

·          $3 million for Baltimore County to replace outdated equipment at its 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center in Towson. The Center handles over 839,000 emergency and non-emergency calls per year and centralizes dispatch to police, fire, and other emergency services.

 

·          $2.6 million for Howard County to replace aging gas-powered busses for local transit with environmentally friendly hybrid-electric busses

 

·          $2.5 million for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services Violence Prevention Initiative to increase supervision and services for at-risk youth; $1 million for the Baltimore City Public School System to address the increasing problem of drop-outs; and $1 million for the Baltimore City Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice for a pilot Juvenile Screening and Diversion program to provide intervention and services for nonviolent youth

 

·          $2.47 million for James Madison and Towson Universities to integrate existing GIS mapping, analysis, and modeling capabilities, into an integrated solution that enables simulation, training, and real-time decision support for Port Security

 

In addition, Senator Cardin has requested funding for the following projects:

 

·          $1 million for the Anne Arundel Medical Center to create a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department that will increase patient safety and access to immediate care

 

·          $1 million to Stevenson University to enhance curriculum development and laboratory technology to implement STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs; $500,000 to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore for expanded teacher training in STEM education; and $1 million for the National Aquarium in Baltimore to improve facilities and expand education and conservation programs

 

·          $1 million for the Baltimore City Health Department's Healthy Babies program, to pexpand services and education to help reduce the factors contributing to infant mortality. Baltimore's infant mortality rate is disproportionately higher than the national average

 

·          The Maryland Food Bank's highest-priority capital needs: three refrigerated trucks; upgrades to office spaces and installation of a new roof at the Maryland Food Bank's 87,000-square-foot distribution center in Baltimore.

 

·          Bowie State University , in cooperation with the Prince George's County Public Schools, will implement a Principals' Institute that will help prepare individuals who wish to qualify as principals in elementary, middle/junior high, and   high schools in the County

 

·          Comprehensive management plan and transportation planning for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail in advance of the upcoming bicentennial of the War of 1812 which culminated at the Battle of Baltimore and the celebrated role of the Star-Spangled Banner flying over Fort McHenry.  

 

For more details on the above requests and a complete list of all of Senator Cardin's FY 2010 appropriations requests for Maryland, please go to cardin.senate.gov