May 27, 2009

CARDIN ANNOUNCES PRIORITY APPROPRIATIONS REQUESTS FOR MARYLAND, INCLUDING CARROLL AND HARFORD COUNTIES

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 Carroll and Harford counties.  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 in order 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 Carroll and Harford Counties include:

 

·          $14.6 million for the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) to complete construction of the Advanced Chemical Laboratory at the Army's Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center, updating inadequate 1950s-era facilities

 

·          $5 million to support the transition to production for Spinel Transparent Armor windows for combat and military support vehicles, which will help protect our soldiers in combat against escalating threats and emerging tactics of insurgents.  

 

·          $4.75 million to support the 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 to the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway to construct heritage trails that connect the riverfront communities of Harford and Cecil Counties

 

  • $1.8 million to Mid-Maryland Community Allied Healthcare, which includes Carroll Community College, to enhance workforce education programs in science and medicine

 

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

 

  • Carroll County Youth Services Bureau in Westminster to expand mental health services for children, adults and families throughout Carroll County

 

  • Design and construction of a pipeline for wastewater reuse from the Joppatowne Wastewater Treatment Plant to the proposed County Resource Recovery Facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). This will allow the Harford County Canal Creek Groundwater Treatment waste-to-energy facility to meet the expanding needs of the Army as a result of base realignment and closure.

 

  • Implementation of the Deer Creek Watershed Restoration Action Strategy recommendations, promoting conservation efforts, and completing stream bank restoration in the Deer Creek Watershed.  

 

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