As the City of Annapolis prepares its residents for road closures and parking hassles in advance of next week's inauguration of Wes Moore as Maryland's next governor, the Hogan administration lets us in on the "epilogue" after eight years in power.
Governor Hogan, standing before a statue of George Washington, delivering his speech resigning his commission from the Army, the Republican moderate gave his farewell address touting his administration's accomplishments, including tax rollbacks, eliminating the state's debt, and increasing its surplus fund.
Hours before that, the State's Democratic Party proclaimed a new day in Maryland and celebrated the incoming majority in the statehouse and Government House.
Before an audience in Cambridge on January 6, Mr. Moore said, “Maryland’s treasury cannot responsibly accommodate all the funding requests that have come in if we are going to fulfill the primary obligations of state government..." and the Baltimore Sun reports that he continued his remarks, "....“My administration’s commitment to supporting the needs of communities that have been long neglected has not, and it will not waver. … But we must also be clear-eyed about the future.” Moore and Hogan seem to agree that the state's robust economy is not a sure thing for the future. The state's reserves include a $2 billion surplus and an additional nearly $3 billion, which sits in a rainy day fund and should be preserved.
Meantime, it's back to the private sector for outgoing Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford is joining a Columbia, Maryland law firm, Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC. Mr. Rutherford joins the firm as a new partner to develop a practice in government relations and lobbying at the local, state, and federal levels. He starts on January 30, and the firm announced he is expected to bolster its existing government contracting and procurement practice.
Photo: State House, Wikipedia. Hogan at podium, screenshot, via Youtube