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Hogan Highlights $47.9-Billion Budget

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Rachel Baye
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  Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to release on Wednesday a proposed $47.9-billion budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. Hogan told reporters on Tuesday that the budget includes money for initiatives intended to reduce crime in Baltimore, though he had not yet released the full budget for the public or lawmakers to review.

In addition to the usual funding for local police departments, Hogan promised additional money for crime prevention programs, for prosecuting violent crimes and for witness protection.

“The number one concern of Marylanders by far is crime. Citizens are demanding more accountability for the violent criminals who are shooting and killing people in the streets of Baltimore,” he said.

A spokesperson for Hogan said the Baltimore Police Department specifically is expected to receive about $9 million.

The budget also includes the $350 million state law requires the state to pay for education reforms recommended by the Kirwan Commission.

And Hogan said he is funding the state’s $80-million share of the planned expansion of the Howard Street Tunnel. The project, which will allow trains to be double-stacked, is also getting money from the federal government and CSX.

Hogan said his budget will not increase taxes and will cap tuition increases at public universities at 2%.

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