January 29th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
The Maryland legislature’s Black Caucus has sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan protesting cuts to education in his budget, saying they hurt progress being made in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County schools
January 28th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
The top priority for county and municipal officials in Maryland is the restoration of highway user revenues used to build local roads, but Gov. Larry Hogan is actually giving them $16 million less in his budget, despite promises to restore it during his campaign
January 27th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
General Assembly budget committees got their first comprehensive briefing on Gov. Larry Hogan's $40 billion fiscal 2016 budget Monday, with Democrats expressing continuing concern about the impact of reductions to expected increases in school funding.
In his two-hour briefing, Warren Deschenaux, the legislature's chief fiscal analyst, also called a proposed 2% across-the-board, unitemized cuts "a very dangerous approach to budgeting" that sets "a bad precedent."
January 22nd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Newly sworn in Gov. Larry Hogan released about half the state budget Thursday, the $16.4 billion general fund budget -- spending funded by sales, income, and corporate taxes and gambling.
The budget reduces $766 million in planned spending increases, with health care providers, state employees and aid to education taking the biggest hits
December 14th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland governments are awash in budget deficits.
Yet it need not be quite so bad, if Maryland were to change its budget cycle.
December 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and his top fiscal advisor, Bobby Neall, are scheduled to meet with reporters Thursday afternoon, "outlining the status of the state’s current fiscal crisis," says a press release from the transition.
What are some of the ways Hogan could begin implementing some of his promises without sending Democrats in the legislature to the barricades
December 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Most newbies in the legislature got a two-day orientation to their new jobs this week, covering topics from ethics and State House security to payroll and office expenses. But after the elation of their election victories, most of 57 newly elected delegates and 11 new senators got a sobering bucket of budget ice water thrown on them from the legislature's chief fiscal analysts
November 16th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
The outlook for the Maryland state government Larry Hogan Jr. starts running in January is grim: A sea of red ink far into the future.
Forget about major tax cuts or other campaign promises. That was a hope more than a firm commitment, and Hogan said as much to voters. His first priority then and now: getting Maryland’s financial house in order
November 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The uphill climb Gov.-elect Larry Hogan faces to fulfill his campaign promises and reduce state spending and taxes was starkly illustrated in a legislative hearing on spending Wednesday.
Facing dozens of lawmakers, including some who lost election bids, the Maryland General Assembly's top fiscal expert produced a graph showing the next six years of projected state spending and revenues. In every year, including this one, the line for spending goes up and up, and the line for revenues rises too, but never matches expenses.
August 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
This is the first part of a four-day series by Capital News Service examining how Maryland uses gambling to raise revenues.
It starts with the state’s 40-year-old lottery, now the fourth largest source of state revenue. This article looks at how lower income ZIP codes contribute a disproportionate share