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Governor Hogan’s Proposed FY 2019 State Budget
Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement and analysis following the announcement of funding details of Governor Hogan’s Proposed FY 2019 State of Maryland budget and its impacts on Prince George’s County:
“For the fourth year in a row, Governor Hogan’s proposed budget for the State of Maryland adversely impacts the residents of Prince George’s County and throughout the State of Maryland. Governor Hogan wants to prioritize State resources toward paying for President Trump’s and Congressional Republicans’ tax hike and divert needed resources for our most vulnerable populations and issues – our children’s education, our fixed income and senior residents’ health, and individuals and families suffering from addiction, mental health, and developmental disabilities.
Over the last seven years as Prince George’s County Executive, I have fiscally governed under the mantra of “funding our priorities.” We have increased funding every year during my administration toward the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) at unprecedented levels. We have invested in public safety which has led to over a 50% reduction in both violent and overall crime for seven consecutive years. We have also invested in improving access to health care that has led to a 50% reduction in the County’s uninsured rate and the building of our new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center. And we have invested in ourselves by generating an unprecedented amount of economic development that has created jobs and made Prince George’s County 1st in the state for job growth and 21st amongst large jurisdictions in the nation.
All of these efforts have resulted in our County leading the State in increased property values, job creation, and expansion of our commercial tax base. And instead of continuing to cut services, amenities, and funds greatly needed by Prince George’s County and the rest of the State to move forward and compete, Governor Hogan should take note of our fiscal methods and our success rather than playing from same old conservative playbook of cutting services in exchange for tax cuts to benefit the wealthy.”
ANALYSIS OF GOVERNOR HOGAN’S PROPOSED FY 2019 STATE OF MARYLAND BUDGET IMPACT ON PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY:
Defers $29 million in capital funding for the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center from FY 2019 to FY 2021
Shifts 90% of the Costs of the State Department of Assessments and Taxation to Maryland Counties
Level Funds the State’s Grant to Local Health Departments
Reduces State Funding to the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Providers by $15 million
Reductions in targeted K-12 Education Programs by $17.1 million Across Maryland