Hogan previews FY 2022 budget that prioritizes tax relief, education, public safety

Hogan previews FY 2022 budget that prioritizes tax relief, education, public safety

Gov. Hogan previewed his proposed budget at a press conference Tuesday. Governor's Office photo

@BryanRenbaum

Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday previewed his administration’s FY 2022 budget proposal which he said will prioritize tax relief for individuals and small businesses and include record investments in education, the environment and public safety.

Hogan declined to provide reporters with top-line numbers and said that that information will be made available tomorrow morning when the budget is formally presented to the General Assembly.

“Our top legislative priority is the Relief Act of 2021, which this budget reflects. It provides more than a billion dollars in immediate, targeted, emergency tax cuts and financial relief for Maryland families and small businesses who need it most-including immediate rebates to more than 400,000 low-income Marylanders who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit,” Hogan said at a news conference at the State House in Annapolis.

Hogan added: “It also permanently repeals the personal income tax on unemployment benefits and provides immediate sales tax cuts of up to $12,000 for more than 55,000 small businesses…In addition, our budget calls for reducing the tax burden on all of Maryland’s retirees. This includes more than $1 billion in tax cuts to help every single retired Marylander, making it more affordable for people to stay and retire here in Maryland.”

Hogan elaborated on that point.

“Even though we are one of the best places to live in America and we have so many great things going for us-we are losing many of our best citizens. People who have been life-long Marylanders and have contributed so much and still have more to offer are moving to other states for one reason: our state’s sky-high retirement taxes.”

Hogan summarized some of the other key investments in the budget proposal. They include:

Education:

-$7.5 billion for K-12 education

– $833 million for new school construction

– $151 million for targeted tutoring grants

– $53 million to expand pre-kindergarten

Infrastructure:

– $1 billion for road and highway development

– $1 billion for mass transit projects

Environment:

– Fully fund Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts and Project Open Space

– $43 million for renewable energy programs

– $14 million for energy efficiency programs

Public Health and Safety:

– $74.6 million for police aid to local governments

– $43.7 million for local law enforcement grants

– $5 million for crime prevention and witness protection in Baltimore City

– $250 million for youth care and juvenile crime prevention programs

– $978 million for mental health and substance abuse programs

Hogan said the budget will also prioritize investments aimed at fighting COVID-19.

“This budget supports our ongoing response to the pandemic and ensures Marylanders continue to have access to health services: increasing funding for local health departments well above their grant formulas, fully funding and accelerating health care provider rate increases, expanding resources for developmental disability services and expanding programs to provide in-home care for the elderly.”

Hogan touted the budget proposal as fiscally balanced and said it will be funded without any tax increases.

About The Author

Bryan Renbaum

Bryan@MarylandReporter.com

Reporter Bryan Renbaum served as the Capitol Hill Correspondent for Talk Media News for the past three-and-a-half years, filing print, radio and video reports on the Senate and the House of Representatives. He covered congressional reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump as well as the confirmation hearings of attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He also filed breaking news reports on the 2017 shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. Previously Bryan broke multiple stories with the Baltimore Post-Examiner including sexual assault scandals at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a texting scandal on the women’s lacrosse team at that school for which he was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He also covered the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session as an intern for Maryland Reporter. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from McDaniel College. If you have additional questions or comments contact Bryan at: bryan@marylandreporter.com

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