Hogan fires back at Olszewski over claims he's withholding $127 million in school construction funding

Posted at 12:55 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 13:16:16-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is firing back on claims by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, that he's withholding $127 million in school construction funding.

On Thursday while speaking at the demolition site of the Baltimore City Detention Center, Hogan said the claims are untrue.

"We had a proposal for $2 billion in school construction, the largest in history, the County Executive failed to support it because he wanted the State to pay 100 percent of school construction instead of 50 percent," Hogan said.

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Olszewski made the comments on Wednesday, when he announced that his office had found $16 million to combine with $13.4 million in State funding to put air conditioning in County Schools that are currently without it.

"We're also calling on the governor today for the release of $127 million that's been approved by the legislature so we can move forward on the long term plans to meet all of our needs across the school system," Olszewski said Wednesday.

Hogan says his office provided the $30 million the County is using because his office pushed for them to get the air conditioners.

"I would urge him [Olszewski] to get on board with supporting our school construction plans, say thank you for the $30 million, and fix the damn air conditioner," said Hogan.

Already this school year, students at those Baltimore County schoolshave been forced to stay home due to excessive heat.