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
May 5th, 2015 | by Maryland Reporter
The April 30 edition of MarylandReporter.com 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
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
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
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
April 14th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland legislature were so near, but yet so far. Hogan had preached bipartisanship since his election, but he ultimately rejected compromises he had initially favored.
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.
April 5th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar
Even before the final votes are taken the verdict is in: The winner of Maryland's 2015 budget fight, by a wide margin, is Republican Gov. Larry Hogan Jr
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
March 31st, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
The Maryland Senate is debating budget priorities as it considers a program to help Maryland’s rural counties with an Open Space Incentive Program that could cost between $3.5 million and $15 million