A letter to Governor Larry Hogan from the County Executives of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties and the Mayor of Baltimore City urges greater coordination and support as the state reopens.
The Baltimore Business Journal reports from the letter:
“We need the state’s leadership to ensure Maryland’s counties are not competing against one another on the open market,” the letter said. “Accordingly, we ask you to please use the purchasing power of the state of Maryland to acquire sufficient resources to meet the needs you have identified as the pillars of your reopening plan.”
The letter also asked for state-level coordination with localities to “aggressively attack” the ways Covid-19 is disproportionally impacting minority communities and for state-level agencies to partner with localities on strategies for economic recovery.
The letter may be found in a tweet by WBAL reporter Jayne Miller:
New: letter to Gov Larry Hogan from 6 county executives & Baltimore Mayor — “biggest lesson we’ve learned since Friday is how unclear the public is about your delegation of authority to local leaders”
Asks Governor to clarify to public about local rules
Also pushes more testing pic.twitter.com/Cz7G0MZOb1
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) May 19, 2020
For more information:
Maryland counties, including Baltimore City, tell Hogan they lack resources to safely reopen (Baltimore Business Journal)