In a candid and positive December 18 meeting, Governor-elect Larry Hogan and members of his incoming Administration met with county and municipal leaders to discuss local priorities and state-county relationship. Three MACo officers — Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Washington County Commissioner John Barr, and Cecil County Executive Tari Moore — joined the meeting, along with three officers from the Maryland Municipal League.
Hogan was very positive and reiterated his commitment to work with local governments, citing his appreciation for “all that you do.” One topic that recurred through the meeting was a commitment to engage across the levels of government, and the Governor-elect was very clear: “I’m glad we had this meeting. I promised throughout the campaign that MACo and MML would have a seat at the table on decisions impacting our local governments, and today’s meeting is just the first of many as we work together to restore Maryland’s economy.”
The MACo officers raised MACo’s priority policy issues, emphasizing the substantial drop in road funding in recent state budgets. Governor-elect Hogan reiterated his pledge that restoring local highway user revenues “is a priority to me.” MACo also raised lingering issues with drug overdoses, as well as challenges with District Court initial appearances.
In a conversation about the state-county fiscal relationship, the Governor-elect promptly responded appreciatively about the importance of locally-delivered public services, and noted “you’re the closest to the people.”