Governor Larry Hogan Lays Out Transformative Policy Agenda In State Of The State Address

In Case You Missed It: Governor Larry Hogan Lays Out Transformative Policy Agenda In State Of The State Address
“Leading By Action”

Governor Hogan Is Leading By Action And By Example:

  • Governor Hogan delivered a powerful, optimistic message declaring that the state of our state is stronger than it has been in decades.

  • In his address, the governor laid out a number of transformative policy initiatives which have the potential to have a game-changing impact on the state.

  • The governor stressed that by working together in a bipartisan manner, Maryland has led by action and by example on the issues that matter most to Marylanders in their daily lives.

  • Governor Hogan called for members of the General Assembly on both sides of the aisle to join with the administration to send a message to Washington by putting aside partisan politics and coming together to get things done for Maryland.

  • Over the past three years Maryland has forged a new and better path, we cannot afford to turn back now – let’s continue to Change Maryland For The Better.


  • “We’ve worked hard to usher in a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation in Annapolis and to create an environment of trust and cooperation where the best ideas rise to the top based upon their merit regardless of which side of the aisle they come from.”

  • “I am pleased to report that today the state of our state is stronger than it has been in decades, and we are forging an even stronger and brighter future for our state.”

  • “Through internal struggle and outward chaos, we have not faltered. We have made progress with courage and with clarity of purpose, and our citizens are more pleased with the job that we are doing and the direction that we are heading than they have ever been before.”

  • “Together, we have been doing what Marylanders do best: we are leading by our example and by our actions, and ladies and gentlemen, we cannot afford to turn back now.”

Governor Hogan On…

Continuing Maryland’s Economic Resurgence:

  • “Three years ago, our most pressing task was to grow the private sector, put more people to work, make Maryland more competitive, and to turn our economy around. And that is exactly what we have done.”

  • “We had the best year for business in Maryland in 15 years, the best year for job growth in a decade. We went from losing 100,000 jobs to gaining more than 110,000 jobs. We’ve had the fastest job growth in the Mid-Atlantic region, and one of the strongest economic turnarounds in America.”

  • “We did it while cutting taxes three years in a row. And we’ve put all that money back into the pockets of hardworking Marylanders, retirees, and small businesses, and back into our growing economy, which has helped us create an incredible economic resurgence in our state.”

  • “This year, let’s work to pass the More Jobs for Marylanders Act 2.0 to expand the reach of this successful program to additional jurisdictions and to other business sectors.”

Protecting Maryland Taxpayers:

  • “This year, let’s work together to protect hardworking Marylanders from the impact that the federal tax overhaul will have on Maryland’s state and local taxes.”

  • “We may not be able to control what they do in Washington, but we certainly can come together in Annapolis to ensure that this money remains in the pockets of Maryland citizens where it belongs.”

  • “Let’s expand the Hometown Heroes Act to include our correctional officers, and this year, let’s finally move forward on our bill to eliminate taxes on the retirement income of our military veterans.”

Expanding Paid Sick Leave:

  • “We agree on providing paid sick leave to more Marylanders. But let’s put aside the politics and work together to fix this flawed legislation. Don’t let a bad bill kill good, small businesses and jobs.”

  • “We don’t want Annapolis to become like Washington, where bad policy is passed with a promise that a fix will come later.”

  • “Pass our proposal to provide tax incentives for our small businesses to help offset the costs of providing these benefits to their employees.”

Ensuring Every Child Has Access To A World Class Education:

  • “For three straight years we have delivered record investments in education. This year let’s continue that historic trend and do it for the fourth straight year.”

  • “We ensured that every single school system in Maryland will receive increased funding from the state.”

  • “Let’s work together to pass the Protect Our Students Act of 2018, because the status quo is simply not good enough for Maryland’s children.”

  • “Let’s work together to make our schools more accountable by passing the Accountability in Education Act of 2018. No child should have to pay the price for the mistakes of adults who have failed them.”

  • “This is too important to play politics. This is about children and their futures. it’s about giving every Maryland child opportunities and hope for better future.”

Building Bold Transportation Solutions:

  • When it comes to rebuilding Maryland’s transportation infrastructure, we are moving forward with nearly all of the highest priority transportation projects in every single jurisdiction all across Maryland.”

  • “We are making record investments for innovative traffic relief with major improvements to the Baltimore Beltway, I-95, the Capital Beltway, Route 270, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.”

  • “Construction of the long-anticipated Purple Line is underway, which represents the largest public-private transit project in the nation.”

Preserving Our Quality Of Life:

  • “As chairman of the six-state Chesapeake Executive Council, I have been leading the fight to protect and restore federal funding for the Bay.”

  • “Our administration has committed $4 billion dollars toward wide-ranging initiatives to protect the Bay. On its latest annual report card the Chesapeake Bay received its highest score in a quarter-century.”

  • “We pushed for landmark legislation to cement our state’s position as a national and international leader in combating greenhouse gas emissions.”

Securing Our Streets And Protecting Victims Of Crime:

  • “We have committed half a billion dollars toward fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic and substance use disorders, with a four pronged approach focused on education, prevention, treatment, and enforcement.”

  • “This year, let’s crack down on those violent criminals who use guns to commit crimes by passing tougher minimum sentences. And pass truth-in-sentencing legislation to require that repeat criminals serve their full sentences without the possibility of suspension, parole, or probation.”

  • “Let’s strengthen Maryland’s gang statutes and RICO law to help take down these drug-dealing criminal gang enterprises.”

  • “No rapist should be allowed to maintain parental rights, and no victim should be forced to interact with her attacker. I commend you for finally passing the “Rape Survivor Family Protection Act,” and I will sign it into law the moment it reaches my desk.”

Upholding The Public Trust:

  • “This year, pass the Legislative Transparency Act of 2018 so that Maryland can join the 43 other states across America that require legislative deliberations to be livestreamed to the public.”

  • “Help us put the issue of term limits on the ballot this year for the people of Maryland to decide this issue for themselves in November.”

  • “In order to uphold the public trust, and to truly represent the interests of all the people we were elected to serve let’s put partisanship and self interest aside and join together with the overwhelming majority of Marylanders to end the practice of partisan gerrymandering in Maryland.”