Annapolis, Md. - Marylanders, elected officials and community leaders called on Governor Larry Hogan yesterday to oppose the Trump administration’s budget cuts that will slash Maryland jobs, slow the state’s economy and hurt families.
Speakers included Maryland-based Affordable Care Act (ACA) beneficiaries who held Governor Larry Hogan accountable for his failure to oppose the ACA repeal bill, also known as ‘Trumpcare.’
“Marylanders are concerned about Trump’s proposed budget cuts that would slash jobs and hurt families across the state,” said Maryland Democratic Party spokesperson Bryan Lesswing. “But instead of listening to the concerns of Marylanders, Governor Larry Hogan is hiding and making excuses.”
Unlike Hogan, Republican governors continue to stand up for their respective states against the Trump administration. Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that cuts to NIH were “not just bad for Massachusetts, it's bad for the country.”
See below for a news recap of the event:
NBC 4: Maryland Democrats Oppose Trump’s Budget
WHAG: Marylanders call on Hogan to speak out about budget cuts
WTOP: Md. Dems want Hogan to Speak Out Against Trump Policies
Below is a brief rundown of how Trump’s budget would hurt Maryland:
Slashed Maryland jobs: Trump’s budget puts 200,000 good-paying federal workforce jobs on the chopping block (many held by Marylanders), which could reduce employment in the region by 1.8 percent.
Plummeting wages: Personal incomes in the region are expected to plummet by 3.5%.
Less money for state government: Trump’s budgets cuts and the hiring freeze is already shortchanging state coffers. The Baltimore Business Journal reports, "The state Board of Revenue Estimates recently reduced its revenue projections by $33 million, a result of President Donald Trump's federal hiring freeze."
Gutted Chesapeake Bay restoration: Trump wants to eliminate funding for Bay cleanup.
Halted transportation projects: Trump’s budget offers no funding for the Purple Line and no new funding for Metro projects.
Cuts to NIH: Trump wants to cut $5.8 billion at NIH - which will slash jobs and projects for cancer research and finding 21st century cures
Elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission: Trump’s budget would eliminate funding for the economic development program that helps Western Maryland.