More reactions to Governor Hogan’s inaugural State of the State address:
Delegate Brooke Lierman (D-46, Baltimore):
Early in his speech, the Governor talked about a “disconnect” during the past Administration between Annapolis and the rest of Maryland, but from what I have heard from my constituents, this Governor seems to be the one who is disconnected. I have had a full email inbox every day with notes from Marylanders who understand the need for a balanced budget – indeed, the State cannot by law pass a budget with a deficit – but also demand that we not balance the budget on the backs of Maryland’s school children, on the backs of our middle-class state employees and community service providers, or by gutting environmental programs. Governor Hogan today shared a vision for fiscal policies that will lead to a dirtier bay, more crowded classrooms, and a Maryland with greater inequality. That is not a vision I share. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I want to pass a fiscally prudent, socially responsible budget that moves our state forward. Governor Hogan’s budget fails on both accounts, and his speech today only highlighted that fact.
Montgomery County Planning Board Member Natali Fani-Gonzalez:
I was pleased to see Gov. Hogan highlight the need to build a stronger and more competitive Maryland. He mentioned the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission, which was just created last year. There is no better way for Gov. Hogan to put his theory into practice than by supporting the immediate creation of the Purple Line. Let’s build a light rail that creates jobs, promotes sustainable communities and attracts businesses to spearhead a more prosperous Maryland.