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Renee M. Winsky, the new CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland, said the tech council will strengthen its relationships with state lawmakers in hopes of helping the life-sci industry better withstand the state's ongoing fiscal squeeze.

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The state's program provides tax credits equal to 50 percent of an eligible investment, and requires investors make an equal match. Maryland currently sets aside $6 million, though the state House wants it cut to $4 million.

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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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