Gov. Hogan expresses frustration with leaders, lawmakers in fight against Baltimore violent crime
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
In a Wednesday interview with C4 and Bryan Nehman, Gov. Larry Hogan spoke about Baltimore crime and opening schools.
Dozens of people have been shot in the city since the start of last week. Hogan laid the blame at city leaders, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and lawmakers who failed to pass his proposed legislation that, among other things, would have increased penalties for violent crimes.
“This is not a new situation. it’s been going on for a while. Last year, we had 348 homicides, more than two-thirds of them weren’t solved,” Hogan said. “This past week, week or 10 days or so, has been devastating, has been horrific and we’ve got to get to the bottom of it.”
Hogan this week is meeting with top lawmakers, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. Hogan said the state has been more than willing to direct funds and personnel to the crime fight.
“It’s gang violence with people with guns shooting other people with guns and retaliation and it is going to take the entire city coming together,” Hogan said. “You’ve got to get to the root of this to solve it.”
Hogan also talked about his effort to encourage school districts to open their buildings in some capacity, even only as learning centers for students who lack the resources or connectivity to fully engage with virtual classes from home.
“We want to keep our kids safe but… many kids are not going to learn in this kind of environment,” Hogan said.
He also reacted to a call yesterday from the Maryland Restaurant Association to further ease restrictions on indoor dining.
“We’ve been working with the restaurant association from the beginning of this and there was no question they have suffered more than just about any other industry,” Hogan said.
However, he said he is wary of letting restaurants welcome more patrons only to have it lead to a massive surge in coronavirus cases, as has been seen in other states.
In the meantime, Hogan said 40 Maryland companies are working in some fashion on a coronavirus vaccine, which he said he would take when available. However, he tried to tamp down any expectations that the supply of a new vaccine could meet demand very quickly.
“I think by the beginning of next year, we’ll have it but still I don’t think it’s going to be ramped up in full production, where we’ll have vaccines where everyone has one who wants one,” Hogan said.
Hogan also refuted a claim made earlier this month by President Donald Trump that implied Hogan, a fellow Republican, and the governors of Michigan and Illinois had a “ridiculous lack of interest or political support” in the Big Ten resuming conference football play.
Big Ten Football is looking really good, but may lose Michigan, Illinois, and Maryland because of those Governors’ ridiculous lack of interest or political support. They will play without them?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2020
“It was a crazy tweet from him because I’ve been in favor of it all along,” Hogan said. “The president’s saying something about Maryland or the governor of Maryland, that’s absolutely false. I’ve been in favor of it from the beginning.”
In any case, Hogan said, the University of Maryland is autonomous, reporting to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and not to him.
Trump recently inserted himself into discussions about the Big Ten’s football season. The conference has teams in battleground states like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, the conference reversed course and announced teams would play an eight-game slate starting in late October.