News from the Executive Office

State of the State

I’m pleased that Governor Hogan included early childhood in his State of the State address on January 30. We believe our outreach to Gov. Hogan and his staff—before, during, and since the 2018 gubernatorial campaign—has succeeded in raising the profile of early childhood issues within the Administration. And we are eager to capitalize on this heightened awareness during the Governor’s second term.

Excerpts from Governor Hogan’s State of the State Address (Early childhood emphasis added)
January 30, 2019

We are introducing eight different legislative proposals that will provide more than a half billion dollars in additional tax relief over the next five years.

Tax cuts to help retirees who I meet all across the state who say: “I love Maryland, and I don’t want to leave my kids and grandkids, but I can’t afford to stay here on a fixed income.”

Tax incentives to help provide paid parental leave for those working parents struggling to live paycheck to paycheck….

We have invested $32 billion in K-12 education.

Every single school system in Maryland will again see increased investment by the state….

And the casino lockbox, which we jointly supported, will provide an additional $4.4 billion more for our schools, the majority of which will go directly into the classrooms for critical things like teacher salaries, pre-K expansion, extended academic programming for at-risk students, and innovative career technology education programs….

This isn’t about politics; this is about our kids and their futures – making sure that every single child in Maryland has the same opportunity to get a world-class education regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in.

This is about giving every Maryland child hope for a better future and giving them the opportunities that they deserve.