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Hogan promises more funding for Higher Ed Center

California, MD- On Friday, April 27, Governor Larry Hogan made several stops in St. Mary’s County while campaigning with fellow Republican and Senate District 29 candidate, Jack Bailey. During his visit, Hogan stopped by for a reception at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center just weeks after state leaders voted to remove millions of dollars from the governor’s budget to fund the third building at the California campus.

Construction was slated to begin this year on a new research facility at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and Hogan earmarked $28 million for the building in his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2019.

The Maryland Department of Legislative Services said the building wasn’t needed, despite millions of dollars already invested in the multi-million dollar project.

On Friday, during his visit, Hogan promised the facility will still be built. “This center is not just about education and workforce, it’s about economic development and transforming the entire region and it’s about our national defense.” Hogan continued by saying the work taking place at the facility is critically important, not just to St. Mary’s County or Southern Maryland, but all across the state of Maryland.

“I cannot explain why it did not come out of the Senate but we’re going to make sure we get the money back in there and get back on track. I’m disappointed there was a delay,” Hogan noted.

Later in the evening, Hogan spoke with TheBayNet.com, reiterating his disappointment in the lack of funding. “I really don’t understand how it happened. We were fighting hard and we were putting $28 million in and it got yanked out at the first last minute by the president of the Senate.” That person is Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. [D-District 27, Calvert, Charles and Prince George’s].

Hogan also pointed fingers in the direction of Senator Steve Waugh [R-District 29, Calvert and St. Mary’s]. “There wasn’t much opposition from the local Republican senator but it’s very important and we’re going make it [Southern Maryland Higher Education Center] a top priority.”

Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

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