State lawmakers begin work on grants budget

Legislative budget writers are beginning work on a bill to provide millions of dollars in grants to nonprofit organizations, community groups and volunteer fire companies.

Gov. Markell has proposed $43 million in grants to nonprofit groups and community agencies for the fiscal year starting Monday.

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee was to meet Wednesday to begin marking up Markell's proposal.

The so-called grant-in-aid bill is the third and smallest budget bill that lawmakers pass each year, along with the operating budget and a capital budget for roads and construction projects.

The state House approved a $3.7 billion operating budget for fiscal 2014 on Tuesday, and the Senate was to vote Wednesday on a proposed $477.8 million capital budget.

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