Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed 2014 budget allocates $60 million less for school construction projects than the state provided in 2013.
The governor Monday announced $336 million in proposed school construction funding for fiscal 2014, down 15 percent from the $396 million budgeted this year. The amount is equal to the $336 million spent in fiscal 2012 and more than the $273 million spent in both 2010 and 2011.
O’Malley spokeswoman Takirra Winfield said the proposed reduction in spending can be attributed to what projects are ready for construction, what those projects cost and what is being designed.
“The governor has numerous investments for education in his budget that isn’t just school construction,” Winfield said. “This is in no way saying the governor is not committed to school construction or K-12 education.”