On behalf of Maryland PTA's more than 180,000 parent and teacher members, I'm writing to commend your editorial chiding Gov. Larry Hogan for aggressively playing politics with education funding in the proposed 2016 budget ("Hogan plays chicken," April 3).
Besides concerns over fully funding the Geographic Cost Of Education Index, cost-of-living increases for state employees and full Medicaid services for the medically needy, the governor has recently proposed to limit the inflation adjustment for schools below its actual rate, provide indirect support to non-public schools via tax credits and possibly start a voucher program for non-public schools.
Like many Marylanders, we were hopeful that after his inauguration Mr. Hogan would work with the General Assembly and respect its regular procedures. Instead, we have observed passive-aggressive responses that are disappointing.
First, he submits a budget highly unlikely to obtain support in the General Assembly, then, he sits back while legislative committees rework the budget (within his limitations) to maximally meet public needs, saying nothing.
Once the budget committees finish their work, he then brings in a supplemental budget that ignores the committees' work, and introduces new issues.