How would you characterize Maryland's business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Hogan: In 2014, under Governor Hogan’s predecessor, CNBC ranked Maryland as having the 24th best economy in the country. Reflecting Governor Hogan’s pro-economic growth agenda, Maryland has jumped 17 spots and now has the 7th best economy in the nation. When Governor Hogan was inaugurated in 2015, he made it a point to say that Maryland was now “Open for Business.” In the four years that he has been governor, Maryland has seen a dramatic turnaround it its business climate, going from losing 100,000 jobs under his predecessor, to gaining nearly 100,000 jobs under Governor Hogan. In the eight years of Governor Hogan’s predecessor, Marylanders were hit with more than forty tax, toll, and fee hikes, including even a tax on the rain. That run of tax, toll and fee hikes has ended under Governor Hogan, with four balanced budgets passed without a tax increase. All told, Governor Hogan has cut over $1.2 billion in taxes, tolls, and fees, allowing Marylanders to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. In addition to unburdening taxpayers, Governor Hogan has pushed for the creation of good-paying jobs throughout Maryland. Governor Hogan’s More Jobs for Marylanders Act has incentivized manufacturers to relocate and expand throughout Maryland, including in the Baltimore region. Governor Hogan has also worked to attract business from outside the state to create jobs in Maryland. Amazon announced that they were opening a new 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center at Tradepoint Atlantic in Baltimore County, which will create 1,500 new jobs for the region.