Governor Hogan delivers 2021 State of the State Address, focusing on vaccines, education, and economic relief
MARYLAND- With uncertain times still ahead, Governor Larry Hogan delivered his 2021 State of the State Address, saying that in order to get back to normal there’s issues we need to work together to tackle.
“This crisis will not end overnight, but together we will bring it to an end,” Gov. Hogan said.
Governor Hogan said over this past year the state has faced unimaginable challenges, like getting vaccines out.
He said he is urging the Biden administration to take every step to increase the pace of vaccine production and distribution.
“I want to assure you that we will not rest until vaccines are available to every single Marylander who wants one,” Gov. Hogan said.
Governor Hogan also said getting kids back in school needs to be a priority, and he hopes that with new proposed funding it will allow for kids to get back on track.
“We are proposing that every school system receives more funding regardless of declining enrollment figures and we are expanding investment for full day Pre-K, targeted tutoring, and scholarships for deserving students,” Gov. Hogan said.
While getting Marylander’s vaccinated and kids back in school are part of the Governor’s goals for this year, he said that passing the RELIEF ACT of 2021 is his top legislative priority.
“There is absolutely nothing, more important for the legislature to do and Marylander’s simply cannot afford to wait, but short term economic relief isn’t enough,” Gov. Hogan said.
And with these initiatives in mind, he said we need to continue to work as one putting differences aside.
Speaker Pro Tem- Sheree Sample-Hughes agreed saying that collaboration could help for the future.
“At the end of the day, we want to make sure that all families, all persons inside of Maryland are whole, are brought back to a place where they are not worried about having food on their table, they are not worried about if they have a roof over their head,” Sample-Hughes said.
Sample-Hughes added that she certainly knows and believes that leaders can do better for Marylander’s.
She also said that she thinks it’s important that children and teachers get back to school, but safely.
Gov. Hogan said as of Wednesday Maryland has administered more than 570,000 vaccines.
He urges every Marylander to get a vaccine when one becomes available to prevent more illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.