State fiscal analysts are recommending that the General Assembly mandate Towson University repay a $300,000 allocation from the state within five years.
Gov. Martin O’Malley included the money as a grant in his supplemental budget proposal, released Monday evening, to stop the university from cutting its varsity baseball team. The baseball and soccer team were to be eliminated at the end of this school year due to budget and Title IX issues, according to reports.
The $300,000 grant would apparently not be enough also to save the soccer team. Lawmakers will ultimately decide whether to make the grant a loan instead but during a briefing Tuesday by the Department of Legislative Services, the Budget and Taxation Committee was advised to make the change because the grant was “precedent-setting.”
O’Malley and Comptroller Peter Franchot entered the fray last month when they held up a Towson University project in Harford County during a Board of Public Works meeting. Both asked Towson President Maravene S. Loeschke to come to Annapolis to explain the situation.
O’Malley included the money in his budget after a meeting with Loeschke.