Gov. Larry Hogan will be in town Monday for a meeting hosted by the Greater Salisbury Committee, and will then make a statement widely believed to be a promise of additional funding for Salisbury.
“He will talk about Downtown,” Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Independent this week.
“He is serious about being a partner in the revitalization of this city.
“The governor invited me, the City Council, probably the County Council and other elected officials to join him at a public announcement regarding Downtown Salisbury. He and I will be talking,” Day said.
“He’s already publicly put $1 million in the budget for Main Street and Downtown Salisbury, so that will be part of it, no doubt, and then $100,000-plus into the skate park,” Day said.
“The governor has been incredibly interested in Salisbury. This is the first time, as far as we can tell, that a municipality has been a line item (in his budget.) This is a vote of confidence from him,” Day said, calling Hogan and state officials “our biggest investors.
The governor’s message is set for 1:15 p.m. at the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce building.
At 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot will be at Headquarters Live for lunch, followed by an hourlong question and answer session, from noon to 1.
Called “A Conversation,” the session was planned to salute the bipartisan working relationship between Hogan, a Republican, and Franchot, a Democrat, said Mike Dunn, GSC President and CEO.
Dunn will be on stage with Hogan and Franchot “in three big, comfy chairs,” he said, and he will ask them questions submitted by GSC members.
It won’t be open to the public, but 160 people were invited. It will be recorded by PAC-14 and broadcast later, Dunn said.
Dunn said he is “thrilled to offer a conversation forum for the governor and comptroller, where they’ll sit side by side, and take questions for nearly an hour.”
“Both the governor and comptroller have been enormously helpful to Salisbury and Wicomico County.
“We’re glad to have the chance to thank them for that support and to hear their thoughts on the direction of our great state,” he said.
In the fall, Hogan and Franchot were at the Bethesda Chamber of Commerce.
“During that appearance, the comptroller was quoted as saying to the governor, ‘Perhaps we should take this on the road.’ So, I wrote them and asked them to come to Salisbury. They accepted,” Dunn said.
He said GSC “salutes the bi-partisan approach that the governor and comptroller are attempting to bring to governing.”
“We think that leads to good governance, and is a model for all levels of government to follow. In today’s hyper-partisan political environment, we applaud what the governor and comptroller are doing,” Dunn said.
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