March 13, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland would begin investing in a 10-year blueprint to improve public schools, using an education spending bump endorsed Wednesday by the House of Delegates for the coming fiscal year.

The House gave preliminary approval to a $46.7 billion budget, along legislation in tandem with the budget bill to balance the state’s books.

Lawmakers opted to boost education funding in a year that turned out to be more challenging fiscally than they first thought. The state’s revenue forecast was revised downward last week by about $269 million in this fiscal year and the next one.

“We’ve responded to a write-down, and I’m pleased to say that we have a budget before you that is balanced, that is

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