ANNAPOLIS - Community leaders questioned the effectiveness of Washington County's state lawmakers during a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce forum Wednesday morning.
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One of the most critical questions came from Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, who asked why the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly brings back only half of the money they seek.
Lawmakers defended their actions during the 90-day session that ended last week.
"This delegation fights very hard to get what is our share of state dollars," Delegation Chairman Del. Robert McKee, R-Washington, told the group of about 100 people at the Four Points Hotel.
Washington County was denied funding for a Civil War Museum, veterans home and a library for Clear Spring.
Gov. Parris Glendening gave the county an extra $2.7 million for projects at the state prison complex south of Hagerstown, McKee said.