Funding for Maryland's stem-cell program will be cut for the second time in as many years, one of several state-backed life-science initiatives whose funding will either freeze or decrease under the $31.6 billion budget for fiscal 2010 proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

However, a state official said several factors may enable Maryland to spend more cash on life-sci projects than are currently planned for the year beginning July 1.

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