Md. lawmakers, officials, union meet on staffing shortages

State union employees told lawmakers Tuesday they are concerned that staff shortages — of about 2,600, according to a 2018 study — are causing safety issues, including some injuries, for employees at certain agencies.

Maryland has a budget problem — but no one can agree on why

Despite Maryland’s apparent prosperity, the state has a perennial budget problem.

Key components of Hogan’s budget cuts go to committee

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The state legislature this week began the arduous task of determining which programs and services will suffer cuts and funding deferments in 2018. The pain comes in the form of a bill called the Budget Reconciliation and…

House Appropriations Looks To Shift up to $250 Million to Fund Schools, Reinstate Pay Raises

The Maryland House of Delegates Appropriations Committee on Friday sought to redistribute up to $250 million in the upcoming state budget to reinstate employee raises and fully fund K-12 education, among other changes.

Maryland Tax Revenue Estimates Unchanged For Fiscal Years 2015, 2016

No news is good news as Maryland’s expected revenues for this and the next fiscal years remain virtually unchanged, Comptroller Peter Franchot said Wednesday afternoon.

Hogan’s Budget Bill Maintains Governor’s Funding Priorities

Gov. Larry Hogan’s Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2015, a bill that includes 32 pages of various funding initiatives — on spending, tax, and mandate cuts, as well as fund transfers — had its first hearing Tuesday.

Gov. Hogan’s Budget Affirms Spending for Roads, Education, While Details Worry Maryland Democrats

Gov. Larry Hogan’s first, $40.4 billion budget, released in detail Friday, boosts overall funding to education — though it cuts discretionary payments to some schools — and maintains planned road construction while paring back funding for Medicaid and state agencies and employees.

Hogan Announces Budget, Touts Education as Priority

Twenty-four hours after being sworn in, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced his 2016 budget, cutting agency spending by 2 percent, but increasing funding for K-12 schools and higher ed.

Minimum Wage, “Rain Tax” and Marijuana: Md. Legislature 2014

Members of the House and Senate convened Wednesday to start the legislative session.

Brinkley’s Father Passed Along Political Passion

David Brinkley inherited his passion for politics. His father, a World War II veteran, instilled in him the importance of voting, he said.