Hogan emphasizes tax cuts, school funding, crime in State of the State address
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – With a full plan in place, Governor Larry Hogan presented his ideas to lawmakers that he says will bring the state of Maryland to the next level. Starting by proposing close to $280 million in major tax cuts to retirees while also providing tax incentives for hard working parents and local business owners.
“We can afford this responsible targeted tax relief let’s do the right thing and give some of this money back to the people who have worked so hard to help make it happen,” Hogan said.
Hogan also emphasized the importance of investing the more than $6 billion for public schools that he’s proposed in his budget to create a better learning environment for students.
“They are the future Marylanders so we have to make that investment over half of what we spend as a state and our capital budget is education reinforcing why that’s important,” said Delegate Chris Adams.
Along with addressing the need for tougher sentencing for crimes, the governor also pushed for lawmakers to continue the fight against the opioid epidemic.
“This crisis is destroying lives and tearing apart families and communities this is a fight worth fighting,” said Hogan.
“There are a number of initiatives that have already been funded but we’re going to continue to build on those efforts so we can see a reduction in the deaths and the overdoses,” said Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes.
Governor Hogan ended his speech with words of encouragement to legislators to make sure Maryland continues to set an example for Washington, so that America can once again set an example for the world.
Another issue Governor Larry Hogan brought before lawmakers was the challenge of violent crimes throughout the state. The governor wants to aggressively address the issue and he is pushing a new initiative which is designed to ensure that repeat violent offenders are removed from the streets. On Wednesday Hogan pushed legislators to pass the repeat firearms offenders act which he says will increase the minimum sentence to ten years for repeat offenders who use a gun to commit a violent crime. And some local lawmakers say they’re behind this new piece of legislation.
“We have taken steps last year through various bills the red flag bill, and many other types of legislation that was passed but if it means that this particular act can offset some of the other things that we put in place and really make our communities stronger I’m all for it, “said Sample-Hughes.
Hogan adds that he’s been bringing together all federal, state, and local stakeholders to get everyone’s input on what else can be done to attack violent crime, gangs and criminal enterprises.