Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement:
“After more than three years of meetings, the Kirwan Tax Hike Commission has still failed to produce any plan to pay for its massive spending proposals, which will cost taxpayers more than $30 billion. Local leaders agree with me—they will not support the billions in crippling state and local tax increases that would be required. Some good ideas have been discussed, but the commission mostly focused on simply increasing spending, rather than real accountability measures and better results for our children.
“I have made education the top priority of my administration, providing historically high funding five years in a row while leading the fight for more accountability in local school systems. We pushed for and enacted the casino lockbox initiative to require a further investment of $4.4 billion more for our schools. No governor in Maryland history has invested more in education. I will continue to focus on reforms that will produce better results for Maryland taxpayers, parents, teachers, and especially students.”