MBRG Lunch with Governor Hogan draws large numbers, offers hope for future
The Glenelg Madrigals’ rousing rendition of the National Anthem kicked off the Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG) Lunch with Governor Larry Hogan at the Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City.
On March 15, 2016, two thirds of the way through the legislative session, Governor Hogan delivered his second annual State of Business Address to the 530 guests in attendance, including MBRG members, business owners and leaders, elected officials, and cabinet members.
Hogan’s speech covered the current climate of Maryland business, while offering reassurance to the state’s business community that positive change – and expansion – is imminent.
“In total our administration has already taken $600 million out of the pockets of the government, and we’re putting that money back into our economy and back into the pockets of the Maryland tax payer,” Hogan said Tuesday.
“For the last eight years, businesses, jobs, and tax payers have been fleeing our state at an alarming rate. We lost 8,600 businesses and more than 100,000 jobs,” he continued. “Well, now, Maryland is ‘open for business,’ and businesses are returning to and expanding in our state once again. Last year was the best year for Maryland businesses in eight years.”
This was the second consecutive year that MBRG has hosted a lunch with Governor Hogan, following a sold-out 2015 event. The statewide, nonpartisan organization is dedicated to holding politicians accountable for Maryland’s financial stability and health.
“We’re building a government that works for the people, and not the other way around,” Hogan said Tuesday. “…We’re pushing for more transparency and holding legislators accountable, which is exactly what MBRG has been doing so well for so many years.”
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