Today, Senate President Miller decided to throw a temper tantrum and skip a breakfast with Governor Hogan because Governor Hogan didn't release his budget details the way Miller wanted him to. He continued his complaining onto the Senate floor this morning.
Governor Hogan previewed his FY2019 budget today and for the fourth year in a row his plan included no tax increases and record funding for K-12 education. His plan spends $15.2 million more on schools than called for in state formulas and an unprecedented $6.5 billion total. Every single school system in the state of Maryland will see increased investment by the state.
During a January 8, 2018 interview on WOLB 1010AM, while discussing the recent news regarding Baltimore’s cold classrooms, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz criticized Gov. Larry Hogan for pushing both Baltimore City and County to install window air conditioning units, calling Hogan’s efforts “stupid.” In response, Coach Butch Adams slams Kamenetz, asking, “How can you say ‘stupid things’ when … classes had to be canceled at the beginning of school because it was too hot for the students to sit in the classroom?” Kamenetz defended his failure to install air conditioning, but Coach Adams refused to accept Kamenetz’s explanation, and instead advocated for the Baltimore City students, saying, “it is unfair, it is unconscionable to have students of any ethnicity or social economic level to be in a classroom that’s thirty degrees or ninety degrees.” Despite his casting blame on Hogan, once Kamenetz is put on the spot about his own decision to leave kids in sweltering classrooms, he says that poor climate control has been a persistent issue in schools for decades.