David R Brinkley

Gov. Hogan supports 'lockbox' to keep Maryland casino money in education, vows $4.4 billion in extra funding

Gov. Hogan supports 'lockbox' to keep Maryland casino money in education, vows $4.4 billion in extra funding

Gov. Larry Hogan described plans Wednesday to increase state spending on public education by $4.4 billion over the next decade by ensuring that all the revenue Maryland gets from casinos is spent to improve the schools.

His proposal echoes calls from the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly to create a “lockbox” for casino revenues, and to use the money to increase education funding beyond the levels required by a state formula.

But the Republican governor’s plan ran into skepticism from advocates for education who argued that the state needs to increase money for schools by far more than the governor is proposing. Others questioned the strength of the so-called...

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