Md. Governor Blames Predecessor, Economy for Stem Cell Cut; $20M Approved for FY’09
 
BALTIMORE — Speaking exclusively with BioRegion News last week, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley blamed the fiscal policies of his predecessor and the weak economy of recent months for his agreeing with state lawmakers to cut funding for the state’s stem cell research program in the $31.2 billion state budget adopted last week.

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