HOGAN FIGHTS KIRWAN COMMISSION PROPOSAL
(Quotes from the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board Oct 19, 2019.)
A polite Governor Jekyll!
“…he was actually quite the Dr. Jekyll, politely telling a group at Georgetown University on Monday that the whistleblower complaint raised some troubling questions for which Congress needed to find answers.”
And then…A raging Governor Hyde!
“…it took a dose of Kirwan Commission and the prospect of spending more money on Maryland’s public schools to transform Governor Hogan into a raging Governor Hyde.”
Hogan’s opposition to implementing the Kirwan Commission’s proposal is turning out to be a flood of misleading information coupled with questionable fund raising.
A poster on Hogan’s website states, TAXPAYERS ARE BEING MISLED “THE ACTUAL COST OF KIRWAN IS $31.9 BILLION. STAND WITH US AGAINST TAX HIKES.”
(Chris Papst, “10-Year Cost of Kirwan Education reforms Near $32 Billion,? WBFF,11/18/19)
How did they come up with that number? According to reports they have combined funding needed for Kirwan with estimated effects of a possible future recession and budget shortfalls. They took the total number and divided it by 3 million taxpayers and announced that taxes would increase by $6,000 per household.
Others point out that line of reasoning ignores state law that requires Maryland to have a balanced budget each year. And, Democrats have not said there will not be increase in taxes but nobody is talking about property taxes. Legislators are exploring possible revisions in the current tax laws and other sources of taxable income.
According to the Kirwan formula the state would provide $2.77 Billion in increases by FY 2030.. The counties and Baltimore City would provide $1.23 Billion over the next ten year period. These are “phase in” increases and not a one time hit! Harford county would be required to increase its funding $9.2 million by FY2030, an increase of just 3%.
According to the Washington Post, Gov. Larry Hogan is seeking to raise $2 million in unregulated funds, potentially from undisclosed donors, in part “to direct the public to call, email, crowd hearing rooms and put pressure on their legislators” not to implement Kirwan’s findings.
Recently Hogan’s super PAC, the Change Maryland Action Fund held a gala fundraiser at the Live Casino Hotel. VIP Tables went for $25,000 each The Washing Post called this “dark money” because it was raised outside the requirements of campaign funding. Donors names and the amount of each donation do not have to be disclosed.
Republican efforts of late on the national and state levels have been to promoting student voucher programs and charter schools. Funds that could go to public schools. Hogan has claimed record level funding for public education, but in reality he has only met the requirements for increased funding in the law.
All of this just in time for Christmas. We propose to add to his long list of fictional character names….Governor Larry Ebenezer Scrooge Hogan!