Senate OKs state budget

The state Senate approved its revision of the state's $43.5 billion budget on Thursday, though some senators expressed concern that the plan doesn't resolve long-term spending imbalances.

While the budget must be balanced each year, the state's finances project a structural deficit in future years.


Several Republicans noted the need to make lasting changes to reverse the structural deficit.

"We're where we need to be for right now," said Sen. Adelaide C. Eckardt, an Eastern Shore Republican.


Sen. George Edwards, a Garrett County Republican, added that "it's a good budget for this year."

The budget bills were approved by votes of 45-0 for the main budget and 41-6 for a companion bill that is needed to balance spending this year.

The House of Delegates already approved the budget bills. The the two chambers will need to work out differences before sending the budget back to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Senate on Thursday also gave preliminary approval to the state's capital budget, which pays for construction projects.