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Governor Hogan announces budget focused on violent crime, education, economic development

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced highlights of his Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget, which invests in initiatives to address violent crime, funds education at record levels for the sixth consecutive year, advances the Howard Street Tunnel project to bring thousands of jobs to the Baltimore region, and fully funds Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts and land preservation programs.

This ‘Accountability Budget’ limits budget growth to 1 percent without raising taxes or cutting services, and maintains more than $1.3 billion in reserves—above the legislature’s guidelines.

“Our FY 2021 budget reflects the most urgent priorities of Marylanders—crime, education, transportation, and the environment⁠—while keeping the commitment I first made five years ago to bring fiscal restraint to Annapolis and to hold the line on unaffordable spending,” said Governor Hogan. “Last week, I stressed that the overall theme of this legislative session should be increasing accountability, and we are following through on that by submitting an ‘Accountability Budget.’”

On Wednesday morning, Governor Hogan will host a bipartisan breakfast to brief the state’s legislative and fiscal leaders prior to the budget’s formal release.

Highlights of Governor Hogan’s Accountability Budget

Violent Crime

“Just last Saturday, 12 people were shot and five people were killed in Baltimore,” said Governor Hogan. “The number one concern of Marylanders is crime. Citizens are demanding more accountability for the violent criminals who are shooting and killing people on the streets of Baltimore City.”

  • In FY21, police aid to local governments is funded at $74.5 million and local law enforcement grants are funded at $38.7 million. Another $1.9 million is provided for the Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.
  • In the second year of the Governor’s Baltimore City Crime Prevention Initiative, the FY21 budget includes $6.9 million for grants that support crime prevention, prosecution, and witness protection and $2.7 million for the Baltimore Regional Intelligence Center.
  • The budget includes nearly $2.6 million for 25 new prosecutors and support staff for the Attorney General to prosecute violent crime.
  • The budget maintains $3 million to fund initiatives to recruit and retain police officers at the local level.
  • The FY21 budget include nearly $272 million for community and residential operations to provide direct care services to youth under the Department of Juvenile Services’ supervision.

Education Funding

“Once again, our budget provides historically high record funding for K-12 education,” said Governor Hogan. “This is our sixth consecutive budget to do so.”

  • The governor’s budget funds K-12 education at record levels for the sixth consecutive year—including $7.3 billion in FY21—and again goes above and beyond the legislature’s funding formulas to ensure that every jurisdiction receives more funding than in the prior year.
  • The governor’s capital budget includes record funding for school construction—a total of $733 million—as part of an initiative to invest nearly $3.9 billion in school construction over the next five years. More than 75 percent of the governor’s capital budget goes toward education.
  • The governor’s budget includes more than $350 million for initiatives consistent with the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations, including $65.5 million for special education grants, $64 million for pre-kindergarten supplemental grants, $65.2 million for expanded community schools with enhanced services for free and reduced-price meal (FARM) eligible students, and $45.6 million for expansion of early childhood initiatives.
  • The budget includes nearly $94 million to support the expansion of pre-kindergarten.
  • The governor’s budget includes record funding for community colleges. Cade funding in FY21 for community colleges increases by $18.2 million or 7.3 percent.
  • The governor’s budget again caps in-state resident tuition growth at 2 percent for the University System of Maryland, Morgan State University, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Howard Street Tunnel

“For years, we have been working to move the transformative Howard Street Tunnel project forward,” said Governor Hogan. “With the investment of $80 million in this budget, we will finally be able to move forward on this project. This will be one of the biggest economic development job-creating projects in state history.”

  • The governor’s budget funds the Howard Street Tunnel project to increase business at the Port of Baltimore. An investment of $80.3 million in FY21 in the $466 million project includes resources from the state, a federal infrastructure grant, and a partnership with CSX.
  • According to economic impact studies, the project will create 6,550 person-year jobs during the construction phase and 7,290 permanent Maryland jobs, which are in turn linked to more than 60,000 jobs that are supported among port users in the Baltimore region.
  • As a result of the project, the new container activity at the marine terminal would generate more than $1 billion in personal and business revenues in Maryland annually.
  • “By any measure,” The Baltimore Sun editorial board wrote, “this deserves to be at the very top of the Baltimore region’s economic development wish list.”

Environmental Stewardship

“When it comes to the environment, we are once again fully funding bay restoration efforts for the fifth straight year, including record funding—$57.2 million dollars—for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, which is nearly a 7 percent increase over last year,” said Governor Hogan.

  • The governor’s budget fully funds Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts for the fifth straight year, including record funding of $57.2 million for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund.
  • The governor’s capital budget includes more than $280 million for projects to protect the Chesapeake Bay and the quality of water for Marylanders statewide.
  • The governor’s budget fully funds Program Open Space and land conservation programs. The FY21 budget also includes $43.9 million to continue the repayments of past transfers.
  • The governor’s budget provides additional funding and positions to support agricultural conservation practices to help Maryland farmers implement the Phosphorus Management Tool and meet Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan goals.

Fiscal Accountability

“This budget funds all of the state’s top priorities, while maintaining $1.3 billions in reserves, and limiting budget growth to 1 percent, without raising taxes, without cutting services, and without raiding dedicated special funds, which had become a common practice in years past,” said Governor Hogan.

  • For the sixth consecutive year, the governor’s budget is structurally balanced. It also limits spending growth to 1.0 percent, without raising taxes, cutting services, or raiding dedicated special funds.
  • The governor’s budget exceeds the legislature’s guidelines by leaving a Rainy Day Fund balance of 6.25 percent of revenues, $242 million more than the statutory requirement, and a cash surplus greater than $100 million.
  • When combining the FY21 ending fund balance and the funds available in the Rainy Day Fund, the state has more than $1.3 billion in reserves.

By the Numbers

Violent Crime

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$74.5 million The governor’s budget provides $74.5 million to fund police aid to local governments. 
$38.7 million The governor’s budget provides $38.7 million for local law enforcement grants.
$9.1 million Since taking office, Governor Hogan has invested nearly $44 million in the State Police fleet, including $9.1 million for the replacement of new police vehicles and equipment in FY 2021. 
$6.9 million In the second year of the governor’s Baltimore City Crime Prevention Initiative, the FY 2021 budget includes $6.9 million for grants that support crime prevention, prosecution, and witness protection. 
$2.7 million The governor’s budget includes $2.7 million for the Baltimore Regional Intelligence Center.
$2.6 million The governor’s budget provides nearly $2.6 million for 25 new prosecutors and support staff for the Attorney General to prosecute violent crime.
$272 million The governor’s budget nearly $272 million for community and residential operations to provide direct care services to youth under the Department of Juvenile Services’ supervision.

Education

$7.3 billion The governor’s budget funds K-12 education at record levels for the sixth consecutive year—including nearly $7.3 billion in FY21.
$7.5 million The governor’s budget provides $7.5 million more in education funding for Baltimore City than the legislature’s funding formula requires. The governor’s budget ensures that every jurisdiction receives more education funding than in the prior year. 
65.7% Under the governor’s budget, Baltimore City will receive $13,515 in per pupil aid, nearly 66 percent more than the average statewide.
$350 million The governor’s budget includes more than $350 million for initiatives consistent with Kirwan Commission recommendations.
$733 million The governor’s capital budget includes record funding for school construction—a total of $733 million—as part of a $3.9 billion initiative.
$402 million The governor’s capital budget provides $402 million for higher education projects.
75% More than three-quarters of the governor’s entire capital budget goes toward education projects.
$94 million The governor’s budget includes nearly $94 million to support the expansion of pre-kindergarten. 
2,179% Under the Hogan administration, state funding to expand access to pre-kindergarten education has grown by more than 2,000 percent.
$1.1 million The governor’s budget includes an additional $1.1 million to provide low-income students in Maryland access to AP tests free of charge. 
$18.2 million The governor’s budget includes record funding for community colleges. Cade funding in FY21 for community colleges increases by $18.2 million, or 7.3 percent.
50% Under the Hogan administration, funding per student at community colleges has grown by 50 percent.
2% The governor’s budget again caps in-state resident tuition growth at 2 percent at the University System of Maryland, Morgan State University, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Howard Street Tunnel

$80.3 million This budget will commit $80.3 million in FY2021 to the critical Howard Street Tunnel project that will bring thousands of jobs to the Baltimore region and increase production at the Port of Baltimore. 
7,290 According to economic impact studies, the project will create 7,290 permanent Maryland jobs in the transportation sector, which are in turn linked to over 60,000 jobs that are supported among port users in the Baltimore region.
6,550 The construction phase of the Howard Street Tunnel project would generate a total of 6,550 person-year jobs during the five-year construction period, with $392 million in employee compensation. 
$1.1 billion As a result of the project, the new container activity at the marine terminal would generate more than $1.1 billion in personal and business revenues in Maryland annually.

Skilled Environmental Stewardship and Conservation

$57.2 million The governor’s budget allocates record funding of $57.2 million to the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund. This is the fifth year in a row that the Hogan administration has fully funded Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.
$21.4 million The Trust Fund allocation includes record funding of $21.4 million for agricultural conservation practices and technical assistance.The enhancement includes an increase of $1 million targeted for manure transport to help Maryland farmers implement the Phosphorus Management Tool program.
$280 million The governor’s capital budget includes more than $280 million for projects to protect the Chesapeake Bay and the quality of water for Marylanders statewide.
$250.5 million For the third year in a row, the governor’s budget continues his commitment to fully fund transfer tax programs – including Program Open Space and land preservation programs. Programs funded by the transfer tax in FY 2021 receive $250.5 million.

Fiscal Accountability

6 For the sixth consecutive year, the Governor’s budget is structurally balanced.
1.0% The Governor’s budget limits spending growth to 1.0 percent without raising taxes, cutting services, or raiding dedicated special funds.
$242 million The Governor’s budget exceeds the legislature’s guidelines by leaving a Rainy Day fund balance of 6.25 percent of revenues, $242 million more than the statutory requirement.
$1.3 billion When combining the FY2021 ending fund balance and the funds available in the Rainy Day Fund, the State has more than $1.3 billion in reserves.
83% Mandated spending now consumes 83 percent of the entire state budget, leaving only 17 cents of every tax dollar to work with to keep the budget balanced and rein in unaffordable spending.
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