State Budget Plan Taking Shape

As the session winds down, both the Senate and House have adopted their respective budget plans for the coming year – with a conference committee set to reconcile a shorter-than-usual list of differences.

For coverage of county issues in the two versions of the budget plan, see Conduit Street coverage:
House Budget Plan
Senate Budget Plan and County Issues Focus

From coverage in the Gazette:

Maryland’s House of Delegates approved a $38.7 billion budget Thursday that trimmed some spending growth from the governor’s original $39.2 billion plan but maintained a $200 million diversion of funds away from the state’s pension system.

It also approved a companion bill to balance the budget, the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2014.

While the House plan passed, it does not exactly match what the Senate passed earlier this month — likely sending the budget to a conference committee in these final days of the session.


Coverage from WBAL TV includes more commentary:

Differences between the House and Senate will need to be worked out before the Legislature’s April 7 adjournment. Del. Norman Conway, a Wicomico County Democrat who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said differences between the House and Senate [aren’t] as big on the budget this year, largely because they are in agreement on using the pension money to make up a budget shortfall, instead of searching for a large variety of different budget adjustments.

Read the full WBAL coverage here.

Online links to budget information are on the Maryland General Assembly website.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties