Hogan Not Spending $80M Set Aside by Maryland Legislature

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan has decided not to spend $80 million that Maryland’s legislature had fenced off for specific budget areas.

David Brinkley, the governor’s budget secretary, briefed reporters about the governor’s decision Wednesday.

Brinkley says the Republican governor decided against releasing the money because of softening state revenues from income tax collections. He says the governor is trying to shore up the state’s bottom line to better deal with any type of revenue revisions the state may face.

Still, Brinkley says state agencies will look for savings to help pay for some items that had been part of the $80 million. That includes medical care provider reimbursements.

About $19 million for local education agencies to support a portion of their share of teacher pensions would not be funded.

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