The Maryland Senate voted 39-4 on Wednesday, March 30 to pass legislation that would allow the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Student Member on the Board of Education (SMOB) vote on issues including operating budgets, school openings and closings, boundaries and collective bargaining.
To the disapproval of Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland General Assembly's $40 billion budget passed on April 13th, with $68 million allocated for Maryland public schools.
The budget has widened the split between Maryland's democratic legislators and Hogan, who recently planned to funnel the money for schools into the state pension plan.
After conducting a three-year long study concerning the potential effects of fracking on Maryland, former governor Martin O'Malley declared the state fit to frack just before leaving office. His successor Larry Hogan also expressed his desire to start drilling in the very near future.
Now that the dust from November's midterms has settled, many are carefully watching Larry Hogan's every move and offering their own criticisms. However, let's not judge Larry Hogan based solely off of his affiliation with a certain political party.
Despite the election of Republican Larry Hogan as Maryland's next governor, Republicans failed to force veto referendums that would have challenged the liberal legacy of the exiting O'Malley.
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