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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

Legislature wants say in any decision on Red and Purple Lines

February 3rd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The new secretary of transportation Pete Rahn told lawmakers Tuesday that he opposed suggested budget language that would tie his hands on shifting money from the proposed Red and Purple light rail lines without the approval of the legislature

Rascovar: Hogan’s ‘deflategate’

February 1st, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Talk about an uneven fight! When it comes to shaping the Maryland state budget Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. is the pre-determined champion. Think of the budget as a balloon. The governor decides how much air gets pumped into the balloon ($40 billion). Once this is done, the legislature can let out some of that air -- but it can't expand the size of the balloon at all

Black Caucus protests Hogan’s education funding

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

Counties disappointed they didn’t get back highway user revenues

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

Fewer gimmicks in Hogan’s $40 billion budget; solves deficits for 3 years by capping spending hikes

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."

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