OpEd: What if Maryland had a progressive governor?

By Larry Ottinger

April 9, 2018, 12:40 PM

“For all sad words of tongue and pen,” wrote John Greenleaf Whittier, “The saddest are these ‘It might have been.’”

As the sun sets on the 2018 General Assembly session, Marylanders who care about the future of our state — about our economic security, physical safety, environmental health and quality of our kids’ education — the question of “what might have been” is especially troubling.

For all the conventional wisdom about Gov. Larry Hogan’s moderate tendencies, his actions this session and throughout his time in public life tell a different story. They raise a fundamental question: What might have been were our state to be led by a bold, progressive governor?

Instead of being governed by a Koch-funded Republican who campaigned for Chris Christie (after the Bridgegate scandal), posed for photo-ops with Betsy DeVos, and referred to Maryland’s educators as “thugs,” we could have had a governor who was truly willing to stand up to the Trump administration.

Maryland’s year of health care
A significant part of this legislative session was spent trying to fix the health care and tax mess, along with other problems caused by the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress — national issues Mr. Hogan weakly dodged saying it wasn’t “his job” to address them. Well, federal actions have a tremendous impact on the lives of Marylanders.

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