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Maryland's Republican Governor and Baltimore's Democratic Mayor agree on infrastructure investments

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Kaleah Mcilwain
Kaleah Mcilwain
 2021-05-12

Despite Maryland’s Governor, Larry Hogan, and Baltimore's Mayor, Brandon Scott being from different parties, improvements to Maryland’s infrastructure is something both sides seem to agree on even as the federal government seems divided.

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Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott (left) and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (right)( Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

On May 10, Mayor Scott officially opened the new Headworks Project at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant. This is a $430 million investment that is estimated to eliminate 80 percent of the sewage overflows and keep the streams, Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay cleaner.

“Headworks is all about improving the lives of residents across the Baltimore region, while also making our waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, healthier,” said Mayor Scott in a news release.

This follows the bills that Governor Hogan signed into law on Tuesday, April 13. Laws that included the largest tax reduction in the state’s history, a $1.45 billion relief package. This package is targeted towards providing relief for struggling families and small businesses, rebuilding bridges, roads, tunnels, and transit, expanding broadband and investing in the grid.

“This has truly been the most successful and bipartisan session since I became governor. Together, we are sending a clear message to Marylanders that we can work in a bipartisan fashion and deliver real results,” said Governor Hogan after the legislative session.

Governor Hogan recently published an op-ed in CNBC on how the federal government has failed to come to a compromise on rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure.

“After years of escalating partisanship, too few trust the other side of the aisle to deal in good faith. And Americans are stuck paying the price in tires destroyed by potholes, hours lost due to delayed trains, and kids struggling to do their homework with inadequate broadband,” said Governor Hogan in his op-ed.

Governor Hogan is chairman of the National Governors Association and led a year-long initiative focused on rebuilding America’s infrastructure that resulted in a list of recommendations for a federal infrastructure bill. He believes this approach will have bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

“The reality is that none of America’s greatest challenges can be solved by one party or one level of government alone. The greatest barrier to a bipartisan infrastructure bill isn’t disagreements on policy. There is no such thing as a Republican bridge or a Democratic tunnel.”

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