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Letter: Why hasn't Hogan spoken out on Trump?

One of the most important jobs an elected official has is to look out for the best interests of the people. Governor Hogan's record has been less than what we expect of our State's highest-ranking official. Case in point: the debate over health care for Maryland residents. About 300,000 of our friends, neighbors, and family members stand to lose medical coverage if the Republican-dominated Congress and Senate vote to enact President Trump's poorly-conceived, expensive repeal and replace scheme, the "American Health Care Act." Why has our Governor not said a single word to protect our health?

The President's budget plan, if enacted, would cut millions of dollars and affect the many Maryland and Carroll County citizens working at the National Institute of Health, Social Security Administration, and Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, not to mention the damage cuts to Health and Human Services will do to the nation. Where was Governor Hogan's voice when it came to protecting our jobs?

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Courageous Republicans like Ohio Governor John Kasich have spoken out for their citizens and against president Trump's regressive, huge breaks for the wealthy tax scheme. Why is Governor Hogan silent?

Today, Governor Hogan's reelection campaign will roll into Carroll County, and Governor Hogan will raise his voice to proclaim his accomplishments and ask for money. But he will be speechless when it comes to standing up for us.

Maryland Democrats are fighting in Washington and Annapolis to protect our jobs, our health, our economy, our environment, and our freedom by passing laws like the Protect Our Schools Act and the Sick and Safe Leave bill that protects our paychecks when we are ill. We ask Governor Hogan to speak for Maryland. And we ask him to join the majority of Marylanders who ask for the Republican Congress to pass commonsense, economically sound legislation.

Don West

Westminster

The writer is chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee.

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