WASHINGTON — The $1.5 billion capital budget for fiscal 2009 that was unveiled by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley last week includes a proposed authorization for the state to issue a total of $935 million in general obligation bonds over five years.

“Maryland’s budget is one of the clearest reflections of the values we share to build a stronger, healthier Maryland for the next generation, and to make progress on our shared goals,” O’Malley said in a release last week. “Building on the progress we made to make state government work again last year, we remain committed to expanding economic opportunities for Maryland’s families and small businesses, reforming and improving our schools and making higher education more affordable, improving public safety and homeland security, and protecting our quality of life and our natural resources.”

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