State Roundup, July 1, 2016

PRISON OFFICERS CLAIM UNDERSTAFFING: The union that represents Maryland correctional officers demanded Thursday that Gov. Larry Hogan (R) increase efforts to fill staff vacancies at state prisons, saying the facilities are short about 1,000 employees, Josh Hicks reports for the Post.

DEMS WANT $80M RELEASED: Democrats who control Maryland’s legislature are hoping Republican Gov. Larry Hogan approves spending $80 million that lawmakers have fenced off for education, health care and public safety. But a Hogan spokesman says the governor hasn’t decided yet due to economic uncertainties. The money could be released at the start of the new fiscal year today, according to an AP story at WJZ-TV.