ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democratic leaders are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to restore about $68 million in education funding because the state's revenues have turned out better than expected.
House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller called on the Republican governor to make the change at a news conference Monday, pointing to the state's $320 million budget surplus this fiscal year.
If Hogan spends $68 million to fully fund a formula that steers more money to parts of the state where education costs more and directs $50 million to shore up unfunded pension liabilities, they say the state would still have a $202 million surplus.
Hogan's decision to fund only half of the education formula was a main point of contention in the last legislative session.