Fact Check: Hogan's State of the State

Gov. Larry Hogan talked a lot about Maryland's success Wednesday. Was it all true?

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan noted numerous achievements in his State of the State address on Wednesday. Was it all true?

What Hogan said: "Every single penny that every single jurisdiction anticipated from the state for education is fully funded at 100 percent."

Analysis: The state is required to fund schools using a formula that is spelled out in state law. The formula considers factors such as the number of students and the wealth of a jurisdiction. A spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education and a spokesman for the state teachers union said Hogan is following the formula for the coming year.

But judging how much school systems anticipate getting is tricky. Baltimore has lost money in recent years because the formula determines funding in part by calculating a jurisdiction's property values. However, it includes new developments that aren't paying full taxes. So even as the city's wealth increases on paper, its tax revenue does not necessarily increase. The city has also lost funding because student enrollment has declined.

For the coming budget year, Baltimore's school system will receive $42 million less than it is receiving in the current fiscal year. Many Baltimore officials have described the decreased funding as a cut.

What Hogan said: "I'm proud to report to you that Maryland has now moved into the top 10 states in the nation for overall economic performance."

Analysis: Governing magazine ranked Maryland 10th for overall economic performance in a report last August. The ranking was based on six statistics, including measures of unemployment, gross domestic product, income and job growth.

Business Insider magazine, meanwhile, ranked Maryland 22nd in an analysis of state economies in January 2016. That magazine used a slightly different set of statistics including unemployment, gross domestic product, weekly wages, home prices and job growth.

What Hogan said: "We created more new manufacturing jobs than all the other states in the Mid-Atlantic region added together."

Analysis: From January 2015 through December 2016, Maryland added 4,300 manufacturing jobs, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The surrounding states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware all lost manufacturing jobs during that period, while Washington, D.C., gained 200 manufacturing jobs.

What Hogan said: "Maryland is ranked as the fifth-most-innovative state in America."

Analysis: CNBC ranked Maryland as the fifth-most-innovative state in 2015, noting the presence of companies such as Lockheed Martin and United Therapeutics, as well as the 1,919 patents that were issued in the state. The innovation rankings were part of CNBC's larger Top States for Business study, which ranked Maryland 30th overall.

What Hogan said: "Our state has the second-lowest percentage of people living below the poverty rate in the nation, and Maryland has the highest median household income in the United States of America."

Analysis: In 2015, Maryland had a poverty rate of 9.7 percent, which was second-lowest in the nation, according to Poverty USA, an initiative of the Catholic Church that uses federal data. The national rate is 13.5 percent. The poverty threshold for a family of four is $24,250 per year.

There are high concentrations of poverty in parts of the state, including Baltimore City (23.6 percent), Allegany County (18.2 percent) and Wicomico County (16.7 percent), according to 2014 data compiled by the state.

Maryland's median household income is third-highest in the country, according to census data. In 2015, the state's median income was $73,594, trailing New Hampshire's ($75,675) and Alaska's ($75,112).





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