"Is there more good than bad in
it, and in this case I think there's more good than bad. Overall, this is
probably one of the better budgets that we've had to deal with since Governor
O'Malley's been governor, let's put it that way," says Sen. George Edwards,
(R) - Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties.
The almost $37 billion budget received a 'yes' vote from all four
"It was a good balanced budget.
We're still cutting down on the structural deficit. Hopefully next year we can
totally eliminate it. We're moving forward with the pensions. We have seen some
upturn in the economy that's helping the situation," says Sen. Ron Young,
This is the first time in seven years Washington County Senator Chris Shank voted for the budget.
"We have been working since the
beginning of session with county commissioners and with the school board about
trying to restore funding that was cut from
Republicans presented six amendments, including restricting state funding for abortions and stem cell research.
Only one amendment passed, presented by Frederick County Senator David Brinkley, to increase school funding to several counties, including Garrett and
"That benefits primarily
The Maryland House of Delegates passed the bill last week, so now the budget package heads to a conference committee to iron out the differences between House and Senate bills.