FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
BALTIMORE, MD (December 20, 2017) – Today, Jim Shea released the following statement on Governor Hogan’s surface-level tax proposal:
“After months of silence on the GOP’s tax bill, Governor Hogan announced this morning that he will ‘mitigate any negative impact’ that Marylanders face as a result of the bill. Does that mean he will give a subsidy to Marylanders who see their insurance premiums skyrockets because of the individual mandate repeal? Does that mean he will repay Maryland families who see their property values diminished? Does that mean if Paul Ryan and Donald Trump try to couple this bill with cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Marylanders will somehow be saved?
“We can add this bill to the heap of surface-level policies that Governor Hogan has rolled out now that he is back in election mode. If he actually cared about Marylanders, he would have lobbied heavily against the bill before it passed. He endorsed the bill with his silence and is now trying to clean up the mess.”
Jim Shea, a Democratic candidate for governor, is the former Chair of Venable LLP, the largest law firm in the state of Maryland. He is also the former Chair of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, the Empower Baltimore Management Corporation, and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.