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Budget Plan Drawing Mixed Reactions

March 20th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

A Maryland budget plan restoring education funds and state employee pay that had been scaled back in Republican Governor Larry Hogan's budget proposal advanced in the House of Delegates is drawing mixed reactions. The House, which is controlled by Democrats, gave initial approval to legislation containing the state's $40.7 billion budget. Part of the House budget includes changing the state's pension funding system, enabling the state to pay about $75 million less into it. Hogan has expressed willingness to negotiate with lawmakers on education funding and state employee pay, but he has expressed concern about diverting contributions away from the state employee pension system. Sue Esty, chief lobbyist for AFSCME Maryland, said that she is not worried about the pension system, and is glad the raises have been restored…


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