Press Release - Office of the Lt. Governor


Lt. Governor Releases Maryland's Draft BRAC Action Plan

Presentation by BRAC Subcabinet Allows for Comment and Discussion

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 19, 2007)Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown hosted a public presentation on Maryland’s draft BRAC Action Plan today at the Department of Housing and Community Development.  Members of the BRAC Subcabinet were present to highlight each department’s priorities and answer questions from the public.

“Two years ago, the Base Realignment and Closure decisions tasked our state with a new responsibility.  We have taken on a new role as a national leader in our homeland defense,” said Lt. Gov. Brown.  “New challenges arise with new responsibility, but also new opportunities.  Maryland is prepared and ready for the single-largest job creation in our state since the end of the Second World War.”

“I want to thank Lt. Governor Brown, the BRAC Subcabinet and all of the local and county officials who spent countless hours working together to develop this draft plan,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.  “I look forward to receiving the final Maryland BRAC Action plan in the coming weeks after the public has had the opportunity to review the plan and provide their input.”

The public and regional jurisdictions impacted by BRAC were invited to the 10 BRAC Subcabinet meetings held around the state in the last five months.  Each BRAC-impacted community presented their priorities to the Subcabinet during those meetings.

“During these challenging times, we are working together at the local, State and Federal levels and with our private partners, toward the goal of a stronger integrated defense,” said Lt. Gov. Brown.  “The draft BRAC Action plan for Maryland takes the first steps toward prioritizing the infrastructure that we need as a State to protect and enhance the quality of life that we enjoy.”

In addition to input at the 10 community meetings, Maryland’s draft BRAC Action plan was formulated, with input from the BRAC Local Government Subcommittee, to present to the Governor the regional legislative and budgetary priorities for the State.  The final Maryland BRAC Action plan will be presented by the Lt. Governor and the BRAC Subcabinet to the Governor in early December.

The budget component of the draft action plan reflects capital projects for Fiscal Year 2008 only.  These items are ongoing and demonstrate Maryland’s commitment to moving forward in BRAC implementation activities.  The legislative component of the draft action plan focuses on three main areas that will be submitted to the Governor:

 

Maryland’s Draft BRAC Action Plan Highlights

The draft Maryland BRAC Action plan can be viewed at http://www.gov.state.md.us/brac.  The public can send comments on the draft plan to BRAC@gov.state.md.us or by calling the BRAC Subcabinet at 410-260-6116.

 

November 20, 2007