- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The latest on the feud between Maryland’s Republican governor and the Democratic-led legislature (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has written a letter to lawmakers requesting the withdrawal of $18.3 million in the capital budget to design a new jail in Baltimore, because “there is clearly no longer support for this project in the General Assembly.”

Hogan’s letter came after bickering between him and the Democratic-led legislature, during which black lawmakers criticized budget decisions affecting areas with large minority populations and the governor compared his critics to rowdy college students on spring break.

Hogan wrote that canceling construction of the new jail would free up the money for higher education priorities across Maryland.

He scoffed at the idea that he wanted to take money from kids to building jails.

3 p.m.

Feuding between Maryland’s Republican governor and the Democratic-led legislature intensified Thursday, as black lawmakers criticized budget decisions affecting areas with large minority populations and the governor compared his critics to rowdy college students on spring break.

The criticism comes a week after Democratic lawmakers complained about Gov. Larry Hogan’s use of social media to encourage his supporters to call lawmakers who voted to override his veto of legislation allowing felons to vote while on parole and probation.

Members of the Legislative Black Caucus pointed to budget decisions affecting Baltimore and Prince George’s counties. They said Hogan was rewarding rural parts of the state that supported him at the expense of areas with large populations.


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