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Van Hollen blasts Trump budget cuts

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Chris Van HollenSen. Chris Van Hollen (D)    FILE PHOTO  

CAPITOL HILL – Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D) came out strongly against the budget proposal unveiled by President Donald Trump, which features harsh cuts to many federal agencies.

In a press conference on Thursday, Van Hollen said the budget blueprint Trump submitted that describes how his administration intends to allocate discretionary spending represents a “betrayal” of Trump’s campaign promises and everyday Americans.

“The Trump budget is great if you can get on a plane every weekend and fly to Mar-a-Lago. But it stinks for everybody else,” Van Hollen said, referring to the president’s Florida resort. “It is directly aimed at hurting working families, and it will hurt people’s opportunities to get ahead and make it in America.”

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Union says budget cuts harm food programs

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ROCKVILLE – Funding the school system over the minimum required by state law for the first time in seven years is far from saving Montgomery County Public Schools from financial woe, according to a MCPS union.

Members of SEIU Local 500, a union for support staff in MCPS, told the Montgomery County Board of Education Thursday that schools are short-staffed and students are underserved as a result of budget cuts.

Dozens of schools routinely have problems such as: students skipping school-provided meals, student tardiness or absences when a bus driver is sick and students learning in dirty classrooms because staff ran out of time to clean them.

“The kids (who) are not eating the lunch are the ones who need it most, which are the kids who are on low income," said Walter Johnson High School Cafeteria Manager Leshia Murray, who also works at Argyle Middle School. “A lot of these kids only eat at school.” 

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Shortchanging public education

larry-hogan-md-govGov. Hogan may have campaigned to change Maryland, but his budget actions could shortchange Maryland. Right out of the gate, he proposed $144 million in school funding cuts—meaning approximately $100,000 would be cut from every school in Maryland and $3,600 from every classroom.

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Frosh tackling tough issues as new A.G.

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Brian Frosh betterROCKVILLE – Less than a month after taking office Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) is already facing tough challenges.

Among other things, Frosh is facing a huge budget cut to the attorney general’s office that he was not expecting when he entered his new position.

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