Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) said Monday the bill stripping the Board of Public Works of its role in school construction funding is the “biggest disappointment” of the just-concluded 2018 session, and he vowed to “repeal” the legislature’s action in a second term.
Talking to reporters outside Government House hours before the General Assembly adjourned for the year, Hogan said the session was, on balance, a great success.
“A lot of you here… said you’ll never get anything done in an election year — that all we’re going to do is fight and call people names — and there was almost none of that,” Hogan said. “I want to thank the presiding officers and the legislators on both sides of the aisle, in both houses, for really working hard over the past 90 days and for accomplishing a lot for the people of Maryland.”
Hogan pointed to the balanced budget, tax relief, Metro funding, the Amazon incentive package and safety legislation as being among the session’s highlights.
Last week the legislature overrode with ease Hogan’s veto of a measure stripping the Board of Public Works — made up of the governor, comptroller and treasurer — from its decades-old role in hearing school construction appeals.