Governor Larry Hogan Releases Third Supplemental Budget
$10 Million in New School Safety Funding, Additional $4.2 Million in Highway User Revenue Funding for Municipalities
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today introduced a third supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019), which provides a total of $39,143,148 in funding for a variety of important state and local initiatives, including funding for critical safety improvements in Maryland schools.
The largest line item in the supplemental budget is $10 million in new funding for the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention to distribute school safety grants to K-12 public schools across the state. This funding is in addition to the governor’s comprehensive school safety proposal, which includes $125 million in funding for school safety enhancements and $50 million per year in school safety grants, and $5 million in school safety funding in a previous supplemental budget.
The supplemental budget also includes $1,006,677 for the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance within the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which was established in January 2018 by the governor’s executive order to assist small businesses in complying with the new paid sick leave law. Additionally, it provides $4,195,039 in Highway User Revenue funding, which will go directly to municipal governments for road maintenance or improvement projects.
Additional highlights of the supplemental budget include:
- $2 million for capital improvements at Franklin Square Hospital
- $150,000 in funding to create a Rural Health Collaborative to increase health care access in the Mid Shore
- $73,500 for security improvements at Camp Shoresh
- $150,000 for the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program
- $834,370 for the State Forest, State Park, and Wildlife Management Area Revenue Equity Program
- $750,000 to support oyster seeding projects
- $250,000 for the Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program
- $84,430 for Somerset Economic Impact Scholarships
The governor submitted the administration’s first supplemental budget on March 2, which includes $2.5 million in funding for the Maryland School Safety Center to expand operations and hire additional personnel, and $2.5 million in grant funding to assist schools in conducting safety assessments required by emergency legislation submitted as part of the governor’s school safety plan. The governor’s second supplemental budget, submitted on March 21, provides approximately $2.5 million for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to enhance oversight capabilities and perform a requested follow-up audit of the Prince George’s County school system.