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.
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