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Gov. Hogan Warns Of Steep Budget Cuts Ahead

July 29th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday that Maryland is on the precipice of unprecedented belt-tightening. "It's going to be a worse economic crisis since the Great Depression," Hogan warned during an interview with WBAL.

He said state agencies are looking at "across-the-board cuts" of 15 to 20%. Specifically, he ruled out spending on the Kirwan Commission education reforms, a bill he vetoed but which lawmakers could revisit when they convene either later this year or early next year.

Near the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the Board of Public Works voted for hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts.

As chairman of the National Governors Association, he has been pushing for aid to states to be included in the next coronavirus relief package passed by Congress. The Democratic proposal, which passed the House of Representatives, includes $1 trillion in aid to state and local governments. The Republican proposal, unveiled this week in the Senate, includes no new aid.

"I just want them to, you know, knock some head together and sit down ant the table and knock out some kind of bipartisan common-sense solution," Hogan said.

He said he planned to lead a call Tuesday with governors, Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet.

One Response to “Gov. Hogan Warns Of Steep Budget Cuts Ahead”

  1. July 29, 2020 at 3:12 pm, Bob said:

    WBAL quotes: “It’s going to be the worse economic crisis that ever been through since the Great Depression,”

    WCBC quotes: “It’s going to be a worse economic crisis since the Great Depression,”

    Both are gibberish fortune cookie English and both claim to quote the governor but clearly both can’t be doing so. It seems any rough summary of what was said is now claimed to be a quote.


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