ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan highlighted economic relief, COVID-19 vaccination and education in his annual State of the State address.
Hogan talked about the need for legislation he proposed that includes direct stimulus payments to low-to-moderate income residents, with benefits of up to $750 for families and $450 for individuals.
It would repeal all state and local income taxes on unemployment benefits. His plan also calls for sales tax credits of up to $3,000 a month for four months for small businesses.
Hogan delivered the speech online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This crisis will not end overnight, but together we will bring it to an end,” Hogan said. “We will get our kids back to school, get people back to work, and get life back to normal once again.”
With criticism of the state’s rollout plan for the vaccine, Hogan reassured that the state won’t rest until vaccines are available to all Marylanders.
Hogan also reiterated his support for getting students back into classrooms.
“It is critical that we give our students the chance to get safely back into the classrooms,” Hogan said. “During this entire crisis, we have always followed the science, and the science is clear.”
In January, he called on local school officials to have some form of in-person learning by March 1.