"Balance Today, Balance Tomorrow"; Gov. Hogan Outlines Budget - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

"Balance Today, Balance Tomorrow"; Gov. Hogan Outlines Budget

Posted:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan outlined a balanced budget plan on Thursday that makes a substantial cut to funding for jurisdictions where education costs more, but the new governor said the plan still provides record spending on K-12 education.

Some lawmakers, though, said many questions remain about the budget plan for the next fiscal year, because some cuts have not been specifically defined.

Hogan, a Republican who just took office on Wednesday, sketched out a basic outline of his budget proposal at a heavily attended news conference. Overall, he said the $16.4 billion operating budget closes a $750 million deficit without new taxes, job cuts or furloughs of state employees. It also includes about $290 million for school construction.

"Our budget slows overall spending growth, but we continue to fund important projects and programs at appropriate levels, including education," Hogan said.

Hogan campaigned on bringing greater fiscal restraint to state government. He also said he would push this year for tax cuts, which he said would be discussed later.

One budget cut that is getting a lot of attention was made to funds that have been directed to jurisdictions where education is more expensive. The Geographical Cost of Education Index steers money to more populated areas in the state such as Montgomery and Prince George's counties and the city of Baltimore. The $136 million budget item is being cut in half - saving roughly $68 million.

Del. Maggie McIntosh, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said she has a lot of questions about how the overall budget plan would affect state employees, health care and K-12 education in all counties.

Hogan's plan would reduce rates paid to Medicaid healthcare providers to fiscal year 2014 levels, which would save about $160 million. The plan also calls for state employee compensation adjustments to save $156 million.

"You obviously can tell that I think there's a lot of work to be done on this budget," McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat, said.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, said the proposal isn't as bad as some had feared.

"He did balance the budget, but again if you don't have new revenues and all you're doing is cuts, something has to be cut, so everybody has their own pet hobbyhorse, and there's going to be advocates screaming - whether it's in terms of Medicaid, whether it's state employees, whether its K through 12 or what have you, everything is getting cut to a certain extent, but in terms of priorities - in terms of our priorities - he recognized them, and he dealt with them and the cuts weren't as severe as could have been."

David Brinkley, Hogan's budget secretary, said even with the cut to the GCEI, the state is still making a record investment in K-12 education. The budget also increases funding for higher education by 1.3 percent, the Hogan administration says.

Brinkley said the budget plan calls for a 2 percent reduction to all state agencies in the next fiscal year. That would save about $118 million.

Supporters of two large light-rail projects also have been concerned. Hogan included money for both the Purple Line - a planned 16-mile light-rail line in Montgomery and Prince George's County - and the Red Line, an east-west public transit line in Baltimore. However, the administration has not made a final decision about whether to proceed with either project.

"We want to do a thorough review of both projects before making any decisions," Hogan said.

The budget also contains $30 million for a new hospital system in Prince George's County.

Hogan's budget outline came a day before the actual budget plan will be submitted to the General Assembly. Lawmakers will spend much of the session working on details.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Parksley Husband & Wife Killed in Car Accident

    Parksley Husband & Wife Killed in Car Accident

    Jul 16, 2018 10:53 PM2018-07-17 02:53:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 11:57 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:57:08 GMT
    Virginia State Police say two people are dead after a crash on Route 13 in Accomack County.More
    Virginia State Police say two people are dead after a crash on Route 13 in Accomack County.More
  • Millsboro Man Arrested for 5th DUI Offense

    Millsboro Man Arrested for 5th DUI Offense

    Jul 16, 2018 9:21 PM2018-07-17 01:21:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 9:21 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:21:19 GMT
    Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man with his 5th offense DUI after he was involved in a single motor vehicle crash.More
    Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man with his 5th offense DUI after he was involved in a single motor vehicle crash.More
  • Sleep Cheap Owner Has Answers To Furniture Fiasco

    Sleep Cheap Owner Has Answers To Furniture Fiasco

    Jul 16, 2018 7:08 PM2018-07-16 23:08:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 9:08 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:08:00 GMT
    After customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answersAfter customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answers
    After customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answersAfter customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answers
    After weeks of unanswered phone calls and emails, Sleep Cheap Mattresses and More owner Dana Santana opened the doors to the store in an attempt to provide some customers with answers.More
    After weeks of unanswered phone calls and emails, Sleep Cheap Mattresses and More owner Dana Santana opened the doors to the store in an attempt to provide some customers with answers. More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Teen Charged in Milford Crash That Injured 6

    Milford Crash Shuts Down Route One, Causes Critical Injuries

    Jul 15, 2018 9:08 PM2018-07-16 01:08:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 2:11 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:11:15 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours.More
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours. More
  • Maryland Man Killed in Millsboro Crash

    Maryland Man Killed in Millsboro Crash

    Jul 15, 2018 8:33 PM2018-07-16 00:33:00 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-07-16 00:33:01 GMT
    MILLSBORO, Del.- A Maryland man is dead after a crash in Millsboro Saturday afternoon. According to the Delaware State Police, around 1:15 p.m., a 48-year-old Laurel woman was driving south on Route 24 near Nine Foot Road with the intention of turning lefMore
    MILLSBORO, Del.- A Maryland man is dead after a crash in Millsboro Saturday afternoon. According to the Delaware State Police, around 1:15 p.m., a 48-year-old Laurel woman was driving south on Route 24 near Nine Foot Road with the intention of turning lefMore
  • Elderly Woman and Young Grandson Left Homeless and Searching For Help

    Elderly Woman and Young Grandson Left Homeless and Searching For Help

    Jul 16, 2018 6:02 PM2018-07-16 22:02:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:02:15 GMT
    74-year-old Jane Badal-Williams has been searching for help since last Wednesday after she was evicted from her townhouse with her 10-year-old grandson, Kaleb.More
    74-year-old Jane Badal-Williams has been searching for help since last Wednesday after she was evicted from her townhouse with her 10-year-old grandson, Kaleb. More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices