Jettisoning the long-awaited Red Line. Releasing a transportation investment map that includes the whole state…except this weird blank spot in place of Baltimore City. A unilateral decision to close the city jail. Is Maryland Governor Larry Hogan really declaring a war on Baltimore, as some critics suggest?
According to the Washington Post, Baltimore “has lost so much political and economic clout over the years that the governor is free to spurn the city if he chooses.” Yike. The Post goes on to explain that as a Republican, Hogan stands to benefit from shifting resources away from (heavily Democratic) Baltimore City and toward the state’s right-leaning DC suburbs and rural areas to the west and east.
Furthermore, as economist Anirban Basu, chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission points out, economic growth in Baltimore City has been sluggish compared to the rest of the state–“and with economic power comes political power.”
A spokeswoman for Hogan told the Post that any allegations that the governor was warring with Baltimore were “absolute and utter nonsense.” Maybe so–but I get the feeling that it’s going to be a long four years for Baltimore City…