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Hogans Offers Budget Compromise

April 12th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

WBAL Radio and The Washington Post are reporting Republican Governor Larry Hogan offered a budget compromise on Saturday that restores a significant portion of funding for education in metro jurisdictions, state employee pay and health programs sought by the Democrats in the General Assembly, but it's unclear how they will be received. 

Hogan made the proposal in a quick meeting with Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch on Saturday.

The session is scheduled to end midnight Monday. 

According to the cited sources, Hogan would approve about $203 million in spending lawmakers have set aside for education, a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for state employees and $24.9 million for health programs. However, Hogan's plan only restores 75 percent of a fund that goes to Maryland jurisdictions where education costs more, rather than the 100 percent Democrats were seeking. It also doesn't fund the health programs as much as Democrats wanted. Instead, it restores $75 million in an extra pension payment that Democrats had planned to use to make extra room in the budget. 

Hogan also is pushing for several of his legislative initiatives. 

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