State Taps Reserves To Offset Sequestration

As reported by the Washington Post, Governor O’Malley announced that funds set aside in the fiscal 2014 budget to mitigate the effects of sequestration have been tapped into to cover shortfalls in social programs. From the article:

O’Malley said the beneficiaries of the $9 million will include nearly 500 low-income children who will be able to participate in Head Start; about 3,000 adults who will receive food through Meals on Wheels; 2,500 seniors who will have access to health screenings; and 7,000 people who will receive job placement and training assistance.

Anticipating such service abridgements, a total of $100 million has been set aside in the FY 2014 state budget for these purposes.