PRESS RELEASE: Governor Larry Hogan Uses Veto to Protect Maryland Jobs and Economy

March 28, 2019

Legislature Ignores Common Sense Compromise Offered by Governor Hogan

Governor Larry Hogan today vetoed Senate Bill 280 and House Bill 166 – Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage, saying it “could cost us jobs, negatively impact our economic competitiveness, and devastate our state’s economy.”

Read the governor’s veto letter, which emphasizes three key points:

  1. This measure would cost Maryland more than 99,000 jobs. “A recent study on the issue of a $15 minimum wage concluded that Maryland private sector employment would be reduced by over 99,000 jobs and our state’s economic output would decline by more than $61 billion over the next decade. This same report estimates that more than half of the job losses would be in small businesses. I am extremely concerned that a dramatic and geographically disproportionate increase in our minimum wage will negatively impact our competitiveness and harm our state’s economy.”
  2. Legislators ignored Governor Hogan’s reasonable compromise proposal. “In the spirit of compromise, I provided the General Assembly with several reasonable options that would have provided for an increase in the minimum wage but not negatively impact jobs and businesses in Maryland. Unfortunately, those efforts were completely ignored. I proposed a manageable, phased increase of the minimum wage by two dollars to $12.10 by the year 2022. I also proposed that the legislature attach a trigger that would make any further increases above $12.10 effective only if our surrounding states reached a combined average of 80% of our wage.”
  3. This measure would hurt Maryland’s competitiveness and push small businesses out of the state.“Small businesses faced with the choice between a $7.25 wage in Virginia or $15 in Maryland will be forced to create jobs in the lower cost location and possibly reduce jobs or eliminate operations in Maryland. Making Maryland’s minimum wage more than double that of Virginia could be too much for our economy to bear. How can we place Maryland’s workers at risk and Maryland businesses at so much of a disadvantage?”

27 Responses to PRESS RELEASE: Governor Larry Hogan Uses Veto to Protect Maryland Jobs and Economy

  1. Ted Nugent on March 28, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Miller is already gathering the votes to over ride this. You sheep who continually vote for the incumbents hoping for better results need your heads examined. Carry on.

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      All liberals need their head examined.

  2. Anonymous on March 28, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Thank you Hogan, at least someone has some common sense. Businesses will not take a loss in profits so they will either move or pass the cost onto the consumers. Either way the only ones hurt by this are the middleclass workers. The no skill workers will benefit but the skilled workers will not get a raise so the higher costs will essentially be a pay cut for all middleclass families. A high school kid that sweeps the floor does not deserve $15 an hour. If people want a higher salary they need to learn a marketable skill, work hard, and in time they will make a comfortable living. Opportunity will not just fall into your lap, you need to go work for it.

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      Not according to the liberals. They believe in giving opportunities to the less deserving while those who bust their a** get the short end of the stick.

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Exactly!! Work for it, nothing in life should be handed to anyone. Work hard, prove yourself and earn that $15.

  3. AliceW on March 28, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Not to worry Governor like the Felon voting bill you so correctly vetoed and the Legislators overrode I suspect before the sun sets they will do the same to these. Thanks for trying but you can’t fix stupid!

  4. Fred Barry on March 28, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for keeping Maryland poor!!!

    • joep222 on March 28, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      If you think Maryland is poor, I don’t know that you are awake.

    • Not a loser named fred on March 28, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      Are you stupid….. or what? How about looking at the big picture. Oh and you wouldnt make minimum wage if you made better choices in life, LOL loser.

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Sorry you and your family are losers making minimum wage.

    • John Lentz on March 29, 2019 at 7:42 am

      A fifteen dollar per hour min. wage would cost jobs and increase prices at retail establishments beyond affordability. Thanks for keeping Maryland from being poor!!!

  5. Chaz on March 28, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I did not realize that this site was a mouthpiece for the Governor rather than a real news site!

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      Real news like Fox who kisses Trump’s and the Republicans @$$ or CNN, MSN, local news (9,4,5), Washington Post, etc.. that kiss the @$$ of every Democrat. There is not a single unbiased news organization.

      • The Judge on March 30, 2019 at 1:43 pm

        BOOM! Best comment award.

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2019 at 8:02 pm

      Says the liberal little bit##. You probably supported Owe’Malley and voted for Hillary as well. Your opinion is worthless, snowflake.

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      Its a press release idiot

    • Idiots Everywhere on March 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

      That’s the good thing about America. You are free to visit whatever site you wish. Don’t like a site? Don’t click on it. See how easy that is.

  6. Mr. Dingle on March 28, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I would like to see the mathematics in the report that the governor uses to veto the minimum wage. Trickle down economics has been proven not to work. Someone should give the governor a report on trickle up economics. Minimum wage earners don’t save their money’s they use it to survive. Money the greatest of all capitalist tools definitely trickles up. Always has and always will. Our leaders should be aware of a simple historical fact or maybe they just don’t care.

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      Look at California for your trickle up theory, $4 per gallon gas, homeless cities everywhere, etc., make your bed and lie in it.

    • Rob Stark on March 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      It’s obvious you’re completely cluless on the reasoning behind it, you just dont understand
      Or refuse ro understand. Its not our fault you’re part of the lowest earners in MD.

    • Publius on March 29, 2019 at 6:11 pm

      An employee’s pay should be less than the marginal profit attained by his or her employment, on average. By whatever percentage the cost increases, in this case: wage; the price must increase, if the market allows. Where the market doesn’t allow, the owner will look to cut costs, or his or her business will fail. See that little kiosk on your table? That’s one of the minimum wage jobs which no longer exist. See the self-checkout? How about those self-service gas pumps? Where’s those GM plants that used to dot I-95? How ’bout that drive-up window? See the order by app? Coming to a fast food joint near you: roboburgers. A minimum wage is juvenile egoism.

  7. Richard on March 28, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Veto is Null and Void. The veto was over ridden. You democrats suck

  8. Anonymous on March 28, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Retail and grocery cut hrs so the employees don’t get ahead.


  9. Fred Barry on March 29, 2019 at 8:03 am

    And.. Overturned! YES!

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      So i guess youre a loser making minimum wage? Thats literally the only ones that would be happy.

  10. JJ on March 29, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    the people at mcdonalds or sonic don’t deserve $15 an hour to get my order wrong every time

  11. Anonymous on March 30, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I could care less about all of the political arguments and debates. Red party? Blue party? So what, both are no good for this country. Just keep minimum wage where it is. People who want to make more money should look into joining a job skills program and learning a new skill or trade like I did. Then you can make $15/hr. and above. Plenty of minimum wage jobs are very physical and take a toll on the body but you have to reach a point where you can move up to something better. Option B is to remain stuck making almost nothing bending over backwards for big corporations.