- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he wants to work with incoming Democratic Baltimore City Council members on issues including tearing down vacant properties and attracting new businesses.

The Baltimore Sun reports (https://bsun.md/2gYVgrw ) the governor met with seven freshmen Democratic council members Friday at a restaurant in the Fells Point neighborhood.

Hogan says he wanted to get to know them and hear about issues affecting their district.

According to the newspaper, Hogan pitched his plan to offer tax breaks to entice manufacturers to Baltimore and other parts of the state with high unemployment rates. The group also discussed Hogan’s desire to speed up a plan to demolish thousands of the city’s vacant properties.

Council member Leon Pinkett III says the meeting “signals the importance of Baltimore to the state.”

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, https://www.baltimoresun.com

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