The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to the state’s $38.7 billion budget.
Lawmakers tasked with reconciling the House and Senate budgets have approved a first round of minor compromises. They are saving the toughest decisions for later this week.
With finances improving in the aftermath of the recession, the Maryland Senate voted Wednesday for a nearly $37 billion budget that would boost education spending for some counties that have lost population and wealth and would provide a cost-of-living increase for state workers.
Some Maryland lawmakers are calling on Governor Martin O’Malley not to raise taxes.
Millions of dollars are on the chopping block. Critical funding for Maryland’s public schools and police departments is at risk if the state can’t work through its budget mess.
Gov. Martin O’Malley says Maryland must be open to raising new revenue to address the state’s budget deficit next year.
A panel of House and Senate lawmakers met for about two hours on Thursday to start working out differences that the two chambers have over Maryland’s budget legislation.
Baltimore County teachers are sounding the alarms as school officials try to reduce a massive budget shortfall. Teachers say proposed reductions in nearly 200 teacher positions through attrition will have an impact on education.
Local governments may find themselves up against a wall when Maryland’s new budget is released. That’s because it’s expected to contain sweeping cuts.