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Edwards Won’t Submit Scholarship Funding Bill, Says Commissioners Have Final Say

February 19th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

WCBC has obtained a letter from District 1 Senator George Edwards to Allegany County Commission President Jake Shade, addressing the issues surrounding the distribution of funds allocated to the county from video gaming at Rocky Gap Casino.

Edwards says he will not introduce legislation to allocate a fixed percentage of that funding to the Opportunity Scholarship Program for county students to attend Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University.  Edwards feels such a move would lead to more groups looking to lock down funding, and would hamstring the commissioners in the budget process.

Edwards also noted that committee staff has indicated the recommendations of the local development council are advisory, and that the commissioners have the final say on how such revenues are expended.

3 Responses to “Edwards Won’t Submit Scholarship Funding Bill, Says Commissioners Have Final Say”

  1. February 19, 2020 at 3:32 pm, mac said:

    It seems as though everyone, everyone is trying to distance themselves from the decision making process. Buck passing in the finest tradition. You can add Senator George Edwards to the list of the spineless politicos not wanting to accept any responsibility in making a decision that may come back to haunt them at election time.


  2. February 19, 2020 at 3:58 pm, pat said:

    Another convenient leak for the delegation to volley an issue they started back to the commissioners


  3. February 20, 2020 at 2:02 am, Ed Dodrill said:

    Isn’t this just a matter of that Local Development Commission and the county deciding this? It seems this is a circus of uninformed leaders.


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