Local leaders from three heavily Democratic areas will meet with reporters to offer a contrarian view of last year under Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, who is a potential Democratic challenger to Hogan in 2018, is expected to detail how his jurisdiction is given the “short end of the stick.” The meeting will come less than an hour before Hogan gives his second State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly.
Baker, in a statement, said “Hogan is going to tell Marylanders that the state of the State is much stronger than it was a year ago and that we are heading in the right direction. What he won’t tell us is how children and families have gotten the short end of the stick in certain counties and municipalities around the state,“ said County Executive Baker. “Whether it is school funding, transportation, public safety or funding and building a stronger health care system, it is becoming more and more evident that Governor Hogan’s administration is not interested in investing in the people of Prince George’s County. Invariably, this lack of investment is not good for our residents or the State of Maryland. A year ago Governor Hogan talked about being a governor for all Marylanders, but his proposed budget sends a very different message. This is why I am joining my colleagues and delegations from around the state to bring attention to the important needs that the Governor is not funding in his budget. We want Marylanders to know exactly how his proposed budget will impact lives.”
At issue for Baker is the lack of funding for Prince George’s County Regional Medical Center, changes to the Purple Line that upped the local share and the governor’s withholding of $68 million in optional supplemental education funding for his county and a dozen others.
Baker will be joined by Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett and outgoing Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.
You can watch the news conference with Baker, Leggett, and Rawlings Blake live on Facebook staring around 11 a.m.