Gov. Hogan aiming "to make Maryland better"

Posted at 7:21 PM, Apr 28, 2016

When elected, Governor Larry Hogan said he "wanted to make some changes to make Maryland better."

He's made several changes since. 

The governor has more than 800 bills to review the legislature passed this session. Although the governor wasn't specific, not all of those bills are a shoe-in to be signed into law.

"But I think you may see some things that we are not too pleased with. Overall most of the bills passed we can go along with," he said.

Just a year ago, the state was trying to digest what took place in Baltimore.

"A time I'll never forget.," Hogan said. "A year ago yesterday when the riots broke out, our largest and most important city was in flames and overwhelmed."

The governor spoke about changes in the city over the past year. He closed the troubled city jail, put record funds into the education system and developed a plan to demolish vacant buildings in the city. 

"These are problems that have been festering for 50 to 100 years and they are not going to be fixed overnight," he said. "I think we've turned the corner and made a lot of progress in the past year and we are looking forward to working with a new mayor."

Gov. Hogan believes that the city and state need to work together on a regular basis. After winning Tuesday's primary, Catherine Pugh will likely be the city's next mayor.  He looks forward to working with her to continue to improve the city.

"The city and the state need to work better together. She agrees with that. We won't always agree on everything but I think we will have a good open relationship and be able to partner up and make some real progress for Baltimore City," Hogan said.

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