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ABC Salisbury: BPW members express support for keeping Eastern Shore medevacs

September 3, 2020

Kyleigh Panetta

MARYLAND – Maryland State leaders are doing what they can to protect two State Police medevacs on the Eastern Shore from budget cuts.

On Wednesday, the Maryland Board of Public Works composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot spoke in favor of keeping the full operation of Trooper 4 and Trooper 6 on the shore.

Franchot says at Wednesday’s meeting there was “no support for reducing medevac service on the Eastern Shore.” In the past, there was a $1.3 million budget cut that officials said would have negatively affected the shore. Although the proposed budget cut has not been formally rejected, Franchot says he wants a formal explanation on why these cuts are still on the agenda at all.

“At this point I’d be happy to defer on the motion that we could get a letter or a real opinion from the attorney general on what the powers of the board are and ask why no action has been taken,” says Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Governor Larry Hogan says he would vote against the budget cuts however he says they are still waiting on a report from state police on where they believe cuts should be made instead.

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