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Gov. Larry Hogan lays out his agenda for the 438th legislative session during a press conference at the State House. His proposed budget diminishes by $21 million state spending this year on programs designed to help Baltimore recover from the 2015 unrest.
Gov. Larry Hogan lays out his agenda for the 438th legislative session during a press conference at the State House. His proposed budget diminishes by $21 million state spending this year on programs designed to help Baltimore recover from the 2015 unrest. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Now that the city-wide "unrest" of April 2015 is way back in the rear-view mirror, and just as far back in the memories and priorities of some of our state political leaders, it appears that much of the programming that was addressing city needs is being proposed for substantial cuts — 54 percent in the case of the $290 million that was set aside for Baltimore (“Hogan budget plan would trim Baltimore recovery programs,” Jan. 17). It seems our "non-ideological, non-partisan" governor is taking a page out of the federal playbook of the current administration: Cut and gut programs for urban centers and take out funds that might actually address the problems of the poor, the unemployed and the young.

It seems our governor, despite wanting to "keep his distance" from President Donald Trump, lines up pretty squarely with him on funding issues. It would come as no surprise if Mr. Hogan also regarded Baltimore, as do some of his state political allies, in the same terms that President Trump used to label Haiti and Africa. Let's hope that, come November, we remember that Baltimore, yet again, holds little importance for some in Annapolis!

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Jon McGill, Baltimore

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