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Funding Of Kirwan Commission Recommendations Expected To Dominate Session

January 16th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The 2021 fiscal year budget, which Maryland Governor Larry Hogan discussed with General Assembly leaders Wednesday, proposes that $7.3 billion go toward K-12 education. Also in the plan: $355 million to fund recommendations in the Kirwan Commission and $94 million to expand pre-K access. The Kirwan Commission recommendations favored by Democratic lawmakers would add $4 billion to the state’s annual budget when phased in 10 years from now. Debate over how to achieve that is expected to dominate the legislative session…

 

The new Senate President, Bill Ferguson, said although Democrats control the House and Senate and have a great deal of authority when it comes to funding matters- he hopes to see the governor work as a partner in formulating any education funding plan that may evolve during the session…

 

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