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Hogan questions legality of education spending bill

Sen. Richard Madaleno (File)

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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Democrats pass budget despite Hogan’s opposition

(The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

State lawmakers in the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a budget package over the objections of Gov. Larry Hogan hours before the end of the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session. A conference committee agreement hammered out by the House and Senate was passed by party line votes of 90-39 and 33-13, respectively.

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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.

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Hogan, Busch draw lines in the sand

With just four days left in the session, Gov. Larry Hogan and House Speaker Michael E. Busch each drew a line in the sand over proposed spending for the coming fiscal year. Both men met with reporters Thursday to discuss divergent paths for moving the state budget forward by the end of the current 90-day General Assembly session. Hogan, speaking with reporters Thursday afternoon, discussed a third supplement to his $40.4 billion budget that seeks to restore a $75 million cut to a supplemental payment to the state employees pension system.

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Md. budget negotiators confront a shifting deficit number

Del. Maggie McIntosh, D-Baltimore City and chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, says the governor’s supplemental budget proposal would result in less deficit reduction. (File photo)

Democratic lawmakers say they are surprised and concerned that a proposed supplemental budget proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan reduced the amount of the structural deficit that would be paid down in the coming year. The issue is one of a number of items the House of Delegates and Senate will attempt to resolve as they work to complete the budget before the end of session in a week. “(Hogan) put in a supplemental budget that brings him, in terms of the structural deficit, not nearly as far along as the House (budget),” said Del. Maggie McIntosh.

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Session over for paid sick days

State Sen. Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore City. (File photo)

Leaders in the House and Senate want supporters and opponents of a bill that would mandate paid sick leave for workers in Maryland to hammer out their differences over the summer. Both sides of the proposed legislation were notified in a letter Friday from House and Senate leaders that House Bill 385 and Senate Bill 40, which is identical, would not move forward. This is the third time in as many years that the bill has failed to pass in the legislature.

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