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Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., D-Montgomery and the incoming vice chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, said Gov.-elect Larry Hogan would find allies in the legislature if he focuses on ways of diversifying the state economy in the wake of federal budget cuts. But "if he wants to just hammer education as a way to cut the budget and cut taxes, he will find very few friends in the legislature," Madaleno told a policy forum sponsored by the Maryland State Education Association Monday. (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

Fight brewing between Hogan, Democrats over education funding (access required)

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan faces a potential battle with the General Assembly if he decides to cut funding to education.