Browsing the "Budget" Category

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


Senate unanimously approves budget, but differs with House

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


House passes Hogan budget, with 10 Republicans opposed

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


Budget committee restores school aid, pay hikes; cuts pension contribution

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



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