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GOP tries to move Hogan proposals to full House

ANNAPOLIS — Republicans in the House of Delegates Friday unsuccessfully pleaded with Democrats to formally introduce two supplemental budgets sent down by Gov. Larry Hogan.

The move came one day after Hogan complained that the House was holding the two amendments to the budget and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller expressed confidence that “cooler heads” would prevail and House Speaker Michael E. Busch would allow the governor’s budget proposals to move forward.

House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke, R-Anne Arundel County, made the request early in the Friday morning session.

Ultimately, there was no vote on the request, and the two proposals, one of which is over a week old, were not introduced and are therefore not eligible to be a formal part of the conference committee discussion on the budget between the House and the Senate.

Busch, in meetings yesterday with reporters, said he was holding the proposals until Hogan agreed to protect legislative spending on a non-mandatory education funding formula, 2 percent raises for state employees and other items totaling about $178 million. A Senate plan increases the spending on legislative priorities to nearly $202 million.

The conference committee has not met since Tuesday and is not yet scheduled to meet today. The session is scheduled to end midnight Monday but will go into an extended session to deal only with the budget if a spending plan is not passed before the deadline.