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April 18, 1999

ANNAPOLIS - Anyone who thought Washington County got short-changed by its $150,000 slice of the governor's $101 million supplemental budget pie should talk to Carroll County lawmakers.

The all-Republican district got zero.

Carroll County lawmakers accused Gov. Parris Glendening of playing politics with the budget and most voted against it last week.

"We have a governor who is still fighting the last election with the ugliest form of vindictiveness and retribution because our county has all minority representation," said Del. Donald B. Elliott, R-Carroll/Frederick.

Lawmakers also criticized Glendening for yanking a statewide police training center out of Sykesville.

"We've been like dogs," said Sen. Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll.

But Budget and Taxation Committee Chairwoman Sen. Barbara Hoffman, D-Baltimore, said the governor didn't have any influence on the budget cuts and reminded him that the projects in the supplemental budget were paid for with a tax he didn't support.

Hoffman also pointed to a $300,000 grant for the Carroll County Agricultural Center.

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Haines joked that it was approved after he told people it was for the Democratic Party headquarters.




ANNAPOLIS - At the end of each 90-day legislative session, things always get crazier as the clock spins closer to midnight on April 12.

This year was no exception, thanks in part to Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington.

With less than 10 minutes to go, the Senate took up a bill affecting Montgomery County teachers' pensions.

When Mooney stood up to ask if it was a union bill, Sen. Ida G. Ruben, D-Montgomery, angrily yelled at him to sit down because local bills are generally given courtesy in the state legislature.

The vote was taken, and passed, just in the nick of time. Both Mooney and Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, voted against the bill, which requires Montgomery County government to fund a supplemental retirement allowance for employees of the state teacher pension system.

- Laura Ernde

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