MD Democrats Say No to Governor Hogan

Apr 13, 2015

Senate President Mike Miller (D) and House Speaker Michael Busch (D)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are standing firm in a budget standoff with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Senate president and House speaker held a news conference Monday morning on the last day of the session to say they will not back down on fully funding education, health programs and a cost-of-living adjustment for state employees in the budget both chambers already have passed.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says Democrats "cannot pick and choose" who to cut between state employees, vulnerable adults and public school children.

House Speaker Michael Busch says they're only asking Hogan to support a budget plan already approved on bipartisan votes.

Hogan proposed a budget compromise on Saturday that restored a significant portion, but not all, of the priorities Democrats are holding firm on funding.