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Business Leaders Urge Funding, Adoption of Kirwan Commission Reforms

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More than three dozen business leaders in Maryland signed a letter encouraging the state’s top lawmakers to fund and implement the multibillion-dollar Kirwan Commission education reform plan.

The letter was sent Wednesday to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County), Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D) and Senate President-Nominee Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City).

Among the 38 business leaders who signed it were Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman of Lockheed Martin; James L. Shea, chairman emeritus of the Baltimore law firm Venable and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate; David Blair, chairman of Accountable Health and former candidate for county executive in Montgomery; Mark Fetting, former CEO of Legg Mason; former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen, a Democrat who represented the 4th District in the late 1980s and early 1990s; Laura Gamble, a regional vice president of PNC Bank; and Matthew Gallagher, president and CEO of the Goldseker Foundation and former chief of staff to Democratic Gov. Martin J. O’Malley, who served on a workgroup that recommended a new state education funding formula. [READ MORE AT MARYLAND MATTERS]

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