March 26th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
For the first time in nine years, the Maryland Senate unanimously approved the $40.5 billion state budget in its first go-round, applauding their unanimity and congratulating each other for their bipartisan work.
"This year is like no other," said Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, who praised the Democratic leadership of the Senate Budget Committee for giving Republicans a seat at the table
March 19th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
The House of Delegates passed a $40 billion state budget in an overwhelming 129-10 vote, but 10 Republicans still found reason to reject a budget that was 99% the proposal of a Republican governor. But many Republicans voted for their first state budget in years
March 18th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
For the last eight years, Republican lawmakers repeatedly tried to cut the governor’s budget and were beaten back by Democrats.
Tuesday, Republicans in the House of Delegates tried to prevent cuts and changes they didn’t like in the budget proposed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan
March 15th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
In a unanimous bipartisan vote, the House Appropriations Committee on Friday approved a $40 billion state budget after finding about $250 million to fully restore promised education aid and 2% cost-of-living increases for state employees.
Some cuts in health and mental health programs were also restored, winning the praise of health care advocates
March 13th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
The House Appropriations Committee on Friday afternoon is expected to find $250 million in Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed $40 billion budget to fully fund education aid formulas and a state employee pay bump.
State employees already began receiving the 2% cost-of-living pay increase in January, and this will continue it through the year
March 3rd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Delegates grilled Budget Secretary David Brinkley on Tuesday, asking him to justify Gov. Larry Hogan's plans to limit growth in school funding and curtail employee pay raises as they took up legislation that implements those decisions
February 15th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Despite Gov. Larry Hogan’s promised effort to reduce tolls across the state, Maryland Transportation Authority officials do not plan on toll reductions, as large construction projects loom in Maryland’s future. The MDTA also does not plan to increase tolls within the “next six-year forecast.”
February 11th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
State employees and legislators protesting the lack of cost-of-living raises in next year's budget found an unusual supporter Tuesday -- Gov. Larry Hogan, who provided no pay raises in his fiscal 2016 budget.
"This was the most difficult decision we had in the entire budget process," Hogan told reporters in a wide-ranging news conference. "I think they (state workers) deserve a pay raise."
February 8th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
As Maryland’s homeless situation becomes “especially dire,” the creation of affordable housing for the homeless would be cheaper than the cost of shelter efforts, Director Adam Schneider of Health Care for the Homeless told a Senate budget subcommittee Friday
February 5th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Community service providers to the developmentally disabled are "honestly at a desperate point" in continuing to operate, Laura Howell of the Maryland Association of Community Services told the Senate Budget Committee Thursday