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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


House budget committee set to restore $250M for education aid, employee salaries

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


Cuts or hikes in Md. tolls not likely, legislators are told

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.”


Hogan agrees that state employees deserve a pay hike, but says state can’t afford it

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."


Housing would be cheaper cure for homelessness, legislators are told

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



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