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Hogan questions legality of education spending bill

Hogan questions legality of education spending bill

Gov. Larry Hogan is expressing concerns about the legality of a bill that is meant to force the Republican governor to spend money earmarked for a non-mandatory spending formula. Education advocates and lawmakers Tuesday demanded that Hogan agree to spend the money that the legislature fenced off in the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. At the same time, Hogan is considering a veto of separate legislation that would make the formula known as the Geographic Cost of Education Index a permanent mandatory formula if he fails to spend the additional $68.1 million.

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Selected tweets from the 2015 Md. legislative session

The 2015 legislative session in Maryland was a topic that inspired much conversation on social media. Daily Record Government Affairs Reporter Bryan P. Sears has curated this collection of interesting tweets from lawmakers, officials and government agencies. Follow him on Twitter at @bpsears, and follow The Daily Record on Twitter at @MDDailyRecord.

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Budget crunch for universities, but capital projects move on

Budget crunch for universities, but capital projects move on

Maryland's fiscal 2016 budget could have been much worse for the state's higher education facilities, officials say, but the University System of Maryland will still feel the squeeze of a $47 million shortfall. As a result, institutions in the system can expect to face hiring freezes, larger class sizes and other service reductions in the coming year, said William E. "Brit" Kirwan, chancellor of the university system. The budget adopted by lawmakers Monday made no cuts to what Republican Gov. Larry Hogan proposed for the university system in January — for which officials were thankful, Kirwan said — but carried over $40.3 million in cuts made by outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in early January.

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What will Md. Gov. Hogan do now?

What will Md. Gov. Hogan do now?

The ball is now in Gov. Larry Hogan’s court. Legislators closed out the 2015 General Assembly session passing a budget that, while containing no tax increases, was not the preferred plan of the new Republican governor. Furthermore, those same legislators passed supporting legislation that seeks to paint Hogan into a corner and force him to choose between spending non-mandatory education money this year or locking future governors into a mandate starting in 2017. The biggest question: Will the governor spend $200 million fenced off by lawmakers to pay for a non-mandatory education, state employee raises promised by former Gov. Martin J. O’Malley and a host of other priorities important to the Democratically controlled House and Senate?

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