Governor-Elect Hogan Discusses Common Issues With County Executives

Governor-Elect Hogan held a breakfast meeting this week with a number of county executives to discuss issues of common interest. As reported by the Annapolis Capital,

The main concerns raised at the breakfast meeting were the need for money from the Highway User Fund, the state’s heroin epidemic and the pending $900 million state revenue shortfall.
Meeting attendees included, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and Cecil County Executive Tara Moore.

Schuh said the six mostly discussed issues facing Maryland as a whole. He brought up the need for local highway user funds, which have been cut under Gov. Martin O’Malley. This money helps local jurisdictions pay for road repair and maintenance.

Schuh also brought up the heroin epidemic, an issue Hogan and the other executives talked about at length.

Glassman said he hoped to work with Hogan on a “culture change” in state agencies to speed up stormwater management permits and streamline other government activities. New businesses in Harford are complaining about waiting too long for permits, he said.

Kittleman discussed issues facing Howard County, including a $14 million revenue shortfall and the jurisdiction’s struggles on the issues of heroin abuse and mental health.

He brought up the idea of repealing the Stormwater Remediation Fee, dubbed “rain tax” by its critics, and giving county governments latitude in meeting the fiscal demands of runoff control.