Maryland State Budget

Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan has so far signed more than 475 bills the General Assembly passed this year. But with just one more bill signing scheduled this week, some Democratic legislators are worried that a bill that aims to offset the cost of college tuition won’t make the cut.

Hogan calls out Democrats on budget mandates

Mar 8, 2016
Rachel Baye

  Gov. Larry Hogan accused the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly of being reckless with state tax dollars at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. But the call for budget reform quickly turned into political mud-slinging.

    

Fraser Smith asks Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun editorial board, "Where's the beef?" when it comes to Gov. Larry Hogan's budget and his promise to spend $75 million over the next five years to rid Baltimore of blighted vacant houses.

Gov. Hogan unveils $17 billion budget

Jan 21, 2016
Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled his $17 billion operating budget proposal Wednesday. 

Retirees, manufacturing companies, and families earning less than $53,000 a year would see tax breaks under the budget proposal.

Tuition at public universities would rise 2 percent, a significantly smaller increase than last year.

Public schools are slated to receive more money per student, though declining enrollment in Baltimore means that system would see slightly less.

There’s also $314 million for school construction.

State lawmakers eye tax cuts, guns, transportation

Jan 13, 2016
Rachel Baye

Tax cuts, criminal justice reforms and transportation projects are all on the table as state lawmakers return to Annapolis on Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled a plan to cut taxes for retirees, families earning less than $53,000 a year, and small businesses.

With the plan, the Republican governor issued a challenge to the Democrat-controlled legislature.

Christopher Connelly/WYPR

  

  Gov. Larry Hogan put forward an update to his earlier budget proposal Thursday that includes money for tax cuts and leaves out about $70 million dollars the House and Senate want to give to public schools. He drew fire from teachers unions but a member of his administration said the governor was emphasizing that items on his agenda needed to be part of the budget process.

Christopher Connelly/WYPR

The Democratic-led House of Delegates gave its preliminary approval to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's budget Wednesday. The version passed by the lower chamber departs significantly from Hogan’s plan, beefing up spending on schools, safety net programs and state worker pay.

John Lee / wypr

Teachers in Baltimore County are looking at the dilemma Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan will face when he takes office and worrying that will mean education likely will take a financial hit.

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The State Center complex in Baltimore is one of the remaining items that Governor Martin O'Malley may push for in his last month in office. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about the origin of the project and why its future is in jeopardy.

Governor tours the Veep Set by Jay Baker, MDGovpics via flickr

Maryland's film tax credits, enjoyed by local television productions like 'House of Cards,' was called "significantly more generous than other business tax incentives" by an analyst at the Department of Legislative Services. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Erin Cox of the Baltimore Sun talk about the debate over the tax credits and why Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has not indicated whether he'll work  to end or reduce them.

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