ANNAPOLIS, MD—In a letter to the Biden-Harris team, Governor Larry Hogan is urging the presidential and vice presidential candidates to prioritize a new stimulus relief package for states and small businesses struggling to weather the COVID-19 crisis.
The letter can be viewed below.
“My first priority for the citizens of Maryland continues to be a Phase 4 COVID-19 relief package that includes robust and direct stabilization funding for state and local governments,” wrote Governor Hogan. “States are already fighting an uphill battle to rebuild our economies and maintain essential services in education, health care, emergency operations, and public safety.”
Earlier this month, Governor Hogan urged the members of Maryland’s congressional delegation to set politics aside and act to pass a coronavirus relief package as the country waits to see who will be named the winner of the hotly-contested presidential election. The governor has met with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about the need for relief, including the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.
Governor Hogan is urging candidate Biden, should he win the presidency, to push for a significant infrastructure package, which will be critical to spur America’s recovery. As the immediate past chair of the National Governors Association, Governor Hogan led a year-long initiative focused on fixing America’s crumbling infrastructure.
“Building a more efficient, innovative, smart, resilient and secure infrastructure future is a mission that governors from both sides of the aisle strongly support,” wrote the governor. “I encourage you to consider our list of key recommendations to the federal government as you craft your initial policy proposals and am happy to discuss this issue further.”
Governor Hogan is also advocating to maintain historic funding for the Chesapeake Bay, which will help sustain recent progress and meet restoration goals by the 2025 deadline. Since taking office, Governor Hogan has led several successful bipartisan efforts to protect critical funding for the Bay.
On November 19, Governor Hogan joined candidate Biden, Kamala Harris, leaders of the Biden/Harris COVID-19 advisory board, and members of the National Governors Association (NGA) Executive Committee for a discussion on the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
It is not immediately apparent whether Governor Hogan has sent a similar letter to President Donald Trump.