Maryland Governor Hogan discusses new budget outlook during pandemic

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — Governor Larry Hogan’s administration released a plan to cut budgets in various areas, presented during a Maryland Board of Public Works meeting on Wednesday morning. The total reduction amounts to $395 million.

Hogan is reducing funding to higher education institutions by $131.5 million, but is also distributing portions of its Coronavirus Relief Fund to support education needs. According to the governor’s plan, emergency funds for Maryland education will be divested as follows:

  • K-12 Education
    • $100 million – Remote Learning Enhancements
    • $100 million – Targeted Tutoring Initiatives
    • $10 million – Rural Broadband
  • Higher Education – $90 million

The Hogan administration said the state of Maryland received $1.65 billion in coronavirus relief, and five local jurisdictions received $691 million.

In the plan, Hogan said Maryland’s unemployment claims hit half a million in eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Administration will continue to monitor future revenue growth and potential federal relief to determine if further budget reductions are required or if the Rainy Day Fund will need to be further used,” the plan said.

Other budget reductions include impacts to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority of $28 million, and $15.1 million in “juvenile services.”

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