For immediate release:
January 15, 2016

Contact:
Hannah Marr hannah.marr@maryland.gov
Shareese Churchill shareese.churchill@maryland.gov
410-974-2315

What They Are Saying …

Governor Hogan’s Tax Relief Measures and Manufacturing Initiative will “jump start businesses,” “create more jobs,” and are “good news for Maryland’s economy”

____________________________________________________________________________________

Maryland Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings (R): “This shows Governor Hogan is starting to reverse , turn them back. And he’s doing it with a balanced budget.” (Josh Hicks & Fenit Nirappil, “Hogan: Tax relief will apply to retirees, families making less than $53,000,” The Washington Post, 1/12/2016)

“We have to be patient in doing this. It took eight years to raise all these taxes. It will take several to lower them all.”
Maryland State Senator Andrew Serafini (R): “How are you going to vote against this?” (Tamela Baker, “Hogan proposes manufacturing tax break,” Herald-Mail Media, 1/12/2016)

Maryland State Senator Catherine Pugh (D): “I think anything that brings jobs to our city and certainly to the state, I applaud efforts to create incentives so we can jump start businesses and create more jobs.” (Anjali Shastry, “Gov. Larry Hogan’s tax plan divides Maryland lawmakers,” The Washington Times, 1/13/2016)

Maryland State Senator Richard Madaleno (D): “If we are going to spend limited tax dollars on tax relief, getting it to the working families in the state, who are going to put that money right back into the economy, the EITC is the best way to do it.” (Erin Cox, “Republican Governor Hogan’s tax plans embrace Democrats’ ideas,” The Baltimore Sun, 1/13/2016)

“he research shows that almost every dollar that you put out in the EITC is put right back into the economy almost instantly. People pay off bills, people get their car repaired, people buy more groceries, people buy more school clothes. It’s a smart measure.”
Maryland House Minority Leader Nicholaus Kipke (R): “I think it will be very difficult to resist for purely political reasons.” (Erin Cox, “Maryland Governor Larry Hogan tax relief targets poor families, new manufacturing,” The Baltimore Sun, 1/12/2016)

Maryland House Minority Leader Nicholaud Kipke (R): “Maryland’s economic situation is really healthy right now, and I would say that now’s the time to fix our tax structure.” (Anjali Shastry, “Hogan proposes 10-year tax break to lure manufacturers to Maryland,” The Washington Times, 1/12/2016)

“The bottom line is if you don’t do these things, people will leave, and the data has proved that to be true.”
Maryland State Delegate Haven Shoemaker (R): “What the governor is proposing is common sense.” (Heather Norris, “Carroll legislators hopeful as General Assembly session begins,” The Carroll County Times, 1/13/2016)

Maryland State Delegate Neil Parrott (R): “This is very good news.” (Tamela Baker, “Hogan proposes manufacturing tax break,” Herald-Mail Media, 1/12/2016)

“That’s going to help a tremendous amount of people across the state.”
Maryland State Delegate Susan Krebs (R): “I think is taking it right to the people and that is what people want.” (Heather Norris, “Carroll legislators hopeful as General Assembly session begins,” The Carroll County Times, 1/13/2016)

“I’m very optimistic because people are behind it. I mean he really is doing what people have asked him to do. He’s honoring his commitments.”
Maryland State Delegate Carl Anderton (R): “The revenue projections are up. We ended up with a $400 million surplus out of the budget, so we’re going to return it back.” (Tyler Butler, “Eastern Shore Lawmakers React to Hogan’s Proposed Tax Breaks,” WBOC, 1/13/2016)

“That’s the point. You can only use the money you need, and if you have anything left over you give it back. It’s not ours. We give it back.”
Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch (D): “I’m prepared to vote for the tax cuts again, if it’s the right thing to do, and if all our Democratic conditions are fully funded.” (Pat Warren, “What’s ahead for 2016 legislative session?” WJZ, 1/12/2016)

Maryland House Appropriations Chair Maggie McIntosh (D): “The earned income is one of the best, most successful tools we have to help working people grow themselves and their families and move out of poverty.” (Erin Cox, “Maryland Governor Larry Hogan tax relief targets poor families, new manufacturing,” The Baltimore Sun, 1/12/2016)

“We need to do more in terms of expansion.”
Maryland House Appropriations Chair Maggie McIntosh (D): “Now the devil’s in the details, but that’s a proposal that, as a Baltimore city resident, I find very attractive.” (Anjali Shastry, “Gov. Larry Hogan’s tax plan divides Maryland lawmakers,” The Washington Times, 1/13/2016)

“I don’t know the details but is thinking outside the box that we need.”
Maryland House Appropriations Chair Maggie McIntosh (D): “If the governor makes a proposal for tax relief and getting manufacturing back in the state, we’re going to sit down and talk to him and try to find a happy spot to meet him in.” (Bryan Sears, “Gov. Hogan proposes $480m in Md. tax cuts,” The Maryland Daily Record, 1/12/2016)

The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board: “ome of the targeted ideas Mr. Hogan unveiled this week are intriguing, such as the acceleration of increases to the Earned Income Tax Credit.” (Editorial, “The tax cut Hogan should pursue,” The Baltimore Sun, 1/15/2016)

Maryland Public Policy Institute President Christopher Summers: “If enacted, this tax package would send a long-overdue signal to residents and entrepreneurs that Maryland is finally a more welcoming place to live or start a business.” (Press Release, “Institute Applauds Maryland Tax Relief Proposal,” The Maryland Public Policy Institute, 1/12/2016)

“After eight years of unrelenting tax and fee hikes, Marylanders need relief.”

“We are especially heartened to see Governor Hogan endorse our proposal to accelerate the Earned Income Tax Credit, a bipartisan idea to reward work and help Maryland’s working poor climb the ladder of opportunity.”
Maryland Center for Economic Policy President Benjamin Orr: “Governor Hogan’s proposal to strengthen the state Earned Income Tax Credit is a boost for families that work hard for low pay. That’s good news for Maryland’s economy.” (Len Lazarick, “Hogan ‘can’t imagine how anyone could vote against’ proposed tax cuts,” The Maryland Reporter, 1/13/2016)