UPDATED (4:00 p.m.)—If Howard County Executive Ken Ulman had one wish for the coming General Assembly session it would be to avoid the type of cuts to local aid that have affected his county and others for the last five years.
Ulman lamented cuts to local aid which in recent years have seen transportation funding cut by as much as 90 percent and a shifting of some teacher pension costs to the local jurisdictions.
"It's been a rough time to be a county executive," Ulman said of the cuts and trying economic times.
The Howard County executive's pleas echo those of leaders from other counties.
Many county officials from around the state called on the General Assembly to forego the types of budget cuts and cost shifts enacted over the last several years.