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“In [fiscal year] 2008 alone, the state will invest $785 million on K-12 public school and community college construction, highway improvements, transit and wastewater-treatment plants in communities that will experience the most significant BRAC-related growth,” the report stated.

More BRAC-related investments will be proposed next year.

The O’Malley administration also plans to push for three pieces of legislation to help address BRAC growth.

The first proposal includes bolstering higher-education initiatives by setting aside some of the $55 million that has been approved by the General Assembly for higher education.

The second proposal relates to creating a program to encourage residential development in communities affected by the base realignment, called BRAC Zones.

The third is a proposal that involves giving state and local governments flexibility in negotiating with private developers to receive lump payments instead of steady streams of property tax revenue.

The military has been offering leases to private developers who build amenities on bases, developments that are subject to state and county property taxes. The idea is to make it easier to generate money for roads, water and sewage treatment plants.