Browsing the "Budget" Category

Gov. Hogan picks a fight with Speaker Busch

May 17th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Gov. Larry Hogan will have plenty of reasons to face off with House Speaker Michael Busch over spending and policy issues in the next four years. But why the Republican governor chose to pick a fight with the Democratic leader of the House of Delegates on Friday make little sense

Legislature’s chief fiscal analyst responds to story on state finances

May 5th, 2015 | by Maryland Reporter

The April 30 edition of included an article penned by Charlie Hayward which examines State finances from a balance sheet perspective. In his article, Mr. Haywood quite properly indicates weaknesses of Maryland’s balance sheet. Unfortunately, his article tends to both overstate their import and misattribute their origins to the Legislative Branch of government

Analysis: Hogan’s budget seeks to avoid deficits, but it must also restore the balance sheet

April 30th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland’s finances will require many years of budgetary discipline because the state’s balance sheet took a substantial hit due to the recession and its continuing after effects. And in this context, the legislature maintained a nearly rigid spending culture driven by a belief in a cause and effect relationship between marginal spending decisions and their effects on education or social service delivery

Rascovar: Hogan begins taming Maryland’s structural deficit

April 26th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Can Republican Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. tame Maryland's long-standing structural budget deficit? Judging from his first stab at it, he's more than halfway there. But high hurdles lie ahead if he is to reach the point where the state's ongoing revenues far exceed annual spending

Hogan again criticizes Busch’s handling of budget

April 15th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Hard feelings from the just-finished legislative session spilled over into the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday, as Gov. Larry Hogan used his seat as chairman to call out House Speaker Michael Busch. “I’m not going to allow the petulant and unprecedented action by the Speaker, ignoring our supplemental budget, to go,” said Hogan, addressing a representative from the Maryland State Police who was testifying on police radios

At the end, Hogan and lawmakers fighting at the margins

April 12th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

About 98% of the budget approve by the legislature is what Hogan himself submitted Jan. 22. He and the legislature have been arguing about the other 2%. Now 2% of a $40.5 billion budget is $800 million, so it's not just chump change. Here at the end of the 90-day session, it's only about $200 million that's in dispute, though lawmakers have "fenced off" considerably more on programs such as mass transit so Hogan can't spend it on other things. They are arguing about the margins -- and about holding down spending in years to come.

Hogan slips corporate grants for schools into late budget, agitating lawmakers

April 2nd, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Gov. Larry Hogan was chastised by delegates for attempting to slip into the budget a grant program for corporations who make private school scholarship donations, essentially bypassing the normal process. “He’s circumventing the policymakers,” said Speaker of the House Michael Busch, a Democrat

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