Gov. Larry Hogan has refused to spend a further $68 million on Maryland schools, as lawmakers have earmarked it, in favor of using it to fund the state’s pension system.
Hogan has been in office for a second now, but it’s still shocking to see the governor and the General Assembly at such odds — particularly over education spending. As the Baltimore Sun reports it, it seems the two sides might as well be speaking different languages.
Hogan says that there is essentially no money to give, the $68 million being “rob[bed] from the pension fund.” House Speaker Michael E. Busch, on the other hand, has implied that there is no reason to believe that the pension system was underfunded. And Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has publicly declared that “there’s nothing holding [Hogan] back” from releasing the money.
Hogan in turn blasted Baltimore City for mismanaging its own finances and for devoting only 15 percent of its budget to schools. To wit: “Baltimore City, unlike the rest of the state, is underfunding education.”
According to the Sun, Baltimore was set to receive $11.6 million