Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan talks about the state budget impasse on the steps of the Maryland State House on the last day of the Maryland General Assembly on April, 13, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Thursday that he plans to sign a bill to establish policies for jurisdictions where police officers wear body cameras and another measure to study the number of standardized tests that students are required to take.

But he was noncommittal on whether he would move forward with the long-planned Purple Line transit project or sign a bill giving voting rights to ex-felons on parole.

During a wide-ranging panel discussion with members of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, the governor fielded questions on the death of Freddie Gray, who was injured while in police custody in Baltimore, the budget stalemate that dominated the final days of the 90-day legislative session and bills that await his signature.

Hogan said videos from bystanders that “may or may not show the whole story” of what led up to Gray’s death illustrate a problem that could be solved by the widespread use of body cameras by police.

“I think having the real evidence of exactly what happened, everything on videotape, is a step in the right direction,” Hogan said, expressing his support for the bill that requires the Maryland Police Training Commission to develop and implement policies for police departments that use body cameras.

The policies would address several aspects of camera use, including when recording is mandatory and when it is prohibited, access to and confidentiality of recordings, and where data are stored.

Hogan said he had been in touch with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) about Gray’s death, which triggered days of protests in the city, and said he was making state police units available at her request to back up city police.

With regard to the Purple Line, the governor said the state continues to study ways to reduce the cost of the a 16-mile light-rail system that would run between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County.

“It’s not whether this is a worthwhile idea,” Hogan said. “It’s a question of whether the state can do it at this point in time.”

Hogan said the $2.45 billion Purple Line, coupled with the proposed Red Line light rail project in Baltimore, would cost the state $5 billion, “a major investment.”

He has delayed moving forward while state transportation officials and contractors who are bidding on the projects offer ways to trim costs. A decision is expected in May.

“We’re going to take a look at how can we, if we can, move forward at all,” Hogan said. “If we can, it has to be at greatly reduced numbers, to find a more cost-effective way to do it.”

Exactly how much would need to be saved?

“Much, much,” Hogan said, drawing laughs from the audience. “Mucho reductions. I don’t have a particular number, but it is completely out of whack. . . . This transit project, which has some legitimate, positive arguments from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, [would] cost $150 million per mile.”

Hogan said his administration also is trying to decide whether the state can afford to spend $200 million that the General Assembly set aside for certain school districts and to fund a pay raise that state employees received in January.

“We’re taking a very close look to see what can be done. None of those decisions have been made,” the governor said. “We’re not going to make a knee-jerk reaction. We’re going to look at it as carefully as we can and do the things that we think are fiscally responsible.”

House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and education advocates held a news conference Tuesday to pressure Hogan to release $68 million to fully fund 13 of the costliest school systems in the state, including those in Prince George’s, Montgomery and Howard counties.

The governor has threatened to withhold that money and roll it into next year’s budget, because lawmakers did not allocate as much money as he sought to shore up the state pension fund.

“For the life of me, I don’t understand why any governor that has the ability to appropriate the money for K-12 education would not do that,” Busch said.

But Hogan said Thursday that his main priority is making sure the budget is fiscally responsible.

“To say the money is there and it’s revenue and why don’t we spend it, is not quite accurate,” the governor said. “Taking money from the pension fund and saying, ‘Here is money,’ is not something that we agree with. A $200 million hole in next year’s budget is not something that we agree with.”