Statement on Governor Hogan’s Budget
2/4/2022 | John B. King
Today, gubernatorial candidate and former Secretary of Education John King released the following statement in response to Gov. Hogan’s proposed budget cuts to public education funding:
“Time and again over the past 8 years, we have watched as Governor Hogan has ignored the needs of students, parents, teachers, and schools, and we have felt the very real consequences in our lives and the lives of our children as a result.
School saved my life when I was a kid, and I believe all Maryland children deserve that same chance. Unfortunately, at a time when our kids need more support than at any time in recent memory, Governor Hogan is stripping essential funding from the schools that need it the most.
Governor Hogan’s budget proposal will underfund our public schools by $140 million while creating over $200 million in tax breaks that disproportionately benefit the wealthy. What is especially alarming is that these budget cuts clearly target certain communities – and the impact will be felt predominantly by Black students in already underfunded schools. The counties that see the biggest budget cuts are Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, which see $99 million and $26.5 million cut respectively. Both counties have majority Black student populations. This budget isn’t just dangerous – it’s outright discrimination.
We can’t afford even another day where our Black students are going to underfunded schools while essential funding is diverted to tax breaks for millionaires. Our economic success, our health outcomes – all depend on the strength of our education system. By not making stronger investments in schools in his budget, Governor Hogan has once again made it clear that Maryland’s success isn’t his top priority – although his future political ambition definitely is.”