Maryland Governor-elect says will deliver tax rollbacks: Washington Post

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Posted: Nov 20, 2014 10:40 AM

(Reuters) - Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan said on Wednesday he would deliver on his campaign promise to roll back tax increases despite a budget shortfall, the Washington Post reported.

The real-estate businessman said he would also cut spending and run the government more efficiently.

Hogan reiterated as well his promise to eliminate the "rain tax" — a fee enacted in response to Environmental Protection Agency requirements to reduce stormwater pollution entering Chesapeake Bay, the Post said. (http://wapo.st/1ucWhdM)

The governor-elect, who assumes office on Jan. 21, said he would wait for the results from his team — assembled specifically to comb through the budget — before making any decisions on budget cuts, the report said.

Hogan, a surprise winner over Lieutenant-Governor Anthony Brown, was one of three Republicans to win a governorship in a heavily Democratic state on election day. The others were Bruce Rauner in Illinois and Charlie Baker in Massachusetts.

(Reporting by Ankush Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Simon Jennings and Ted Kerr)