Governor Hogan recently introduced his budget plan for fiscal 2020. As reported by the Washington Post,
The $46.6 billion budget proposal — a 4 percent increase over last year’s fiscal plan — raises the pay of state employees by at least 3 percent, extends a tax relief to the retired military, police officers and fire and rescue workers, provides $57 million for businesses that locate in “opportunity zones,” and sets aside $1.3 billion in reserves to guard against a potential economic downturn.
The governor wants $248 million for drug treatment and prevention, a 20 percent increase; $10 million in capital grants for school safety improvements at public schools and $3.5 million at private schools; and $221 million for the Purple Line.
Hogan said the budget also fully funds education with $6.9 billion, which he said is a $347 million increase over last year’s appropriation. He plans to set aside $200 million for recommendations from the Kirwan Commission, an education panel that has been advising the legislature on ways to change the public school system.