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
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