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The Board of Public Works, chaired by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, approved Wednesday $8.4 million in cuts to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services as part of more than $79 million in budget actions.
With their union contract set to expire later this year, Maryland state correctional officers are making a case for higher pay, saying an increase in salaries would help retain stressed employees, attract new recruits and improve safety amid a major staffing shortage.
Staffing shortages were on the agenda again Thursday, as state corrections officials met with the union representing employees of the state's prison system.
A full house present was Monday night in Salisbury for a public forum regarding local state medical facilities.
In an attempt to help the lack of staff at Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover state officials announced Monday they will temporarily shut down Poplar Hill Pre-Release Center in Quantico and send their staff to ECI. 
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the union that represents its correctional officers agree on two things: Maryland's prison system has a staffing shortage, and correctional officers work too much overtime to make up the deficits.
Staffing is a reoccurring concern expressed in the previous JJMU reports from the Victor Cullen Center.
Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday allowed dozens of bills to become law without his signature.