Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday said he remains committed to providing the city resources to battle historic levels of violent crime but that he has yet to see a plan from Mayor Catherine Pugh.
“I haven’t seen a violent crime plan,” Hogan said. “I don’t know that there is a plan.”
The governor, speaking to reporters Tuesday, said he has met several times with Pugh and “discussed thoughts about what we should do, what she could do, what we could do but I am not aware of any violent crime plan.”
When asked if it concerned him that he had not seen such a plan, Hogan replied: “It does.”
Violent crime in the city is expected to be one of the issues driving the 90-day legislative session that begins Jan. 10.
Pugh, since the summer, has spoken to or met with the governor seeking assistance as her administration seeks to address rising violence, including shootings and homicides.
The mayor has previously praised her relationship with Hogan, whom she calls a friend, saying the governor has given her what she has asked for.
Hogan said he will also have some ideas about potential solutions that will be part of a legislative package he plans to highlight within the next few weeks. Some things, however, appear off the table.
“The state can’t just come in and take over Baltimore City,” Hogan said. “We’re not going to send in the National Guard as we did during the riots.”