Larry Hogan

official photo

If one Delaware lawmaker has his way school in the state would start after Labor Day.

State Senate Minority Leader Gerald Hocker told WRDE that he believed that businesses in the First State would benefit from such a delay.

The Delaware Republican said that the first effort was able to get past the Senate but then failed as time ran out for the session.

Don Rush

The Trump Administration budget would slash the Chesapeake Bay Program from $85 million in 2020 down to $7.3 million.

This is part of its decision to reduce Environmental Protection Agency budget by 27 percent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the budget statement say it is targeting or eliminating low-value programs as well as “wasteful spending on mandatory programs.”

There’s legislation in the Maryland House that would settle a $580 million lawsuit by Historically Black Colleges and Universities to be paid out over the next 10 years.

The 13-year-old lawsuit claims that the institutions were underfunded while white institutions drained students with money for programs similar to ones at the HBCU’s.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the money would go for new programs and investing under-enrolled programs as well as new scholarships and aid assistance.

There would also be funds for recruiting and training teachers.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is highlighting the need to reduce violent crime in Baltimore in his State of the State speech.

Hogan gave his annual speech Wednesday to the Maryland General Assembly.

He says crime is an urgent crisis and decisive action is needed. The Republican governor called for bipartisanship in his speech to the legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.

Hogan urged lawmakers to support his proposal for tax relief for retirees.

Don Rush

Maryland lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of a measure that would oversee the management of the state’s oysters.

The legislation would use environmental activists, scientists, watermen and seafood sellers along with an independent mediator that would oversee efforts to increase the oyster population.

WBOC reports that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources would then work with an advisory commission and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies.

They would put together a consensus for how to improve the oyster population.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan says work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will be complete by this summer.

Hogan announced Tuesday that a rehabilitation project on the westbound right lane will be finished a year ahead of schedule. He also says all-electronic tolling will be used.

The governor says all lanes of the bridge will be open by summer of 2020.

The governor's office says the deck rehabilitation project began in September of 2019, after more than a decade of deferred maintenance resulted in severe deterioration of the westbound right lane.

official photo

Tributes are being made to Spencer Wiersberg a member of the Fruitland Police Department.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 23-year-old officer died after a 10-month struggle with bone cancer.

He joined the force after graduating from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in June of 2018.

Among the officials offering tributes were Governor Larry Hogan and the Mayor of Salisbury Jake Day.

Don Rush (File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing the state cut income taxes for retirees.

The Republican governor says his proposal would bring more than $1 billion in tax relief to retirees over five years.

He says it would benefit more than 230,000 state residents. Hogan says Maryland taxes force too many residents to leave the state when they retire.

Hogan says retirees who make $50,000 or less would pay no state income taxes under his plan.

official photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A leading Maryland senator on environmental issues says a draft plan from Gov. Larry Hogan's administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is truly vague.

Sen. Paul Pinsky criticized the draft plan to reduce emissions by 40 percent in 2030 during a presentation Thursday by the governor's secretary of the environment.

Ben Grumbles, the secretary, says he disagrees with Pinsky's characterization.

Grumbles says he's confident the proposal will reach the goal.

Don Rush (File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has highlighted funds to fight crime, improve education and protect the environment in his budget plan.

The Republican governor held a news conference Tuesday to talk about highlights in his $47.9 billion budget proposal for the next fiscal year, which begins in July.

The governor is releasing his entire budget Wednesday.

The General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, will have the rest of the legislative session to work on the budget before adjourning April 6.

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced the awarding of nearly $9 million in tax credits for Maryland residents with student loan debt.

The governor announced the tax credits Monday.

The administration says there were 9,600 applicants who were eligible for the Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit.

There were 6,331 eligible applicants who attended in-state institutions who will each get $1,000 in tax credits.

Franchot Runs for Governor

Jan 10, 2020
official photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says he's running for governor in 2022. Franchot, a Democrat, confirmed his plan to run in a telephone interview Thursday.

Franchot is in his fourth four-year term as the state's tax collector.

He was re-elected in 2018 with more than 1.6 million votes in the statewide race, or about 72% of the vote.

He says he would govern in a similar way to how he has run the comptoller's office and focus on bringing respect, responsibility and results to taxpayers.

Governor's Office

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says stronger ethics laws should be a priority of the state's upcoming legislative session.

Hogan cited recent cases of corruption involving former state legislators as he outlined his proposed Ethics and Accountability in Government Act during a news conference Tuesday.

The Republican governor wants to increase fines for bribery of public officials and force convicted lawmakers to forfeit pensions.

He also is proposing an expansion of prohibitions of misuse of confidential information by public officials.

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's governor has indicated that he'll continue to allow refugees into the state.

The Capital Gazette reports that Gov. Larry Hogan’s office released a letter on Wednesday that was sent to the Trump Administration.

The letter said the state would continue to accept properly vetted refugees.

The Trump Administration had set a Jan. 21 deadline for states and cities to decide whether they would continue to allow refugees to settle within their jurisdictions.

Don Rush (File Photo)

(AP) Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has announced that agreements have been reached with state employee unions for the next fiscal year.

The administration said Thursday the agreements affect about 26,000 employees. The unions include the Maryland Professional Employees Council and the American Federation of Teachers.

They also include the Baltimore Washington International Professional Firefighters Local 1742, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

official photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A county executive in Maryland is urging Gov. Larry Hogan to continue to allow refugees into the state.

The Capital Gazette reported Wednesday that Hogan faces a Jan. 21 deadline regarding refugees that was set by President Donald Trump.

State and local governments must give written consent to let refugees resettle within their boundaries.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman ask Hogan to keep the door open. Hogan has so far not taken a public stance. 

Don Rush

Governor Larry Hogan wants the state of Maryland to go 100 percent clean electricity by 2040.

His plan is called the Clean and Renewable Energy Standard which will be presented to the state legislature when it meets in January.

WBOC reports that the governor made the announcement after touring the Baltimore Washington Medical Center which has a state-of-the-art combined heat and power system.

It was installed in 2017 with a $464-thousand grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.

Don Rush (File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan is supporting $130 million more to expand pre-K and other education priorities. The Republican governor made the announcement Friday.

Hogan says he will support legislation to commit more than $100 million for early support and interventions for young children and their families.

He's also pledging to commit more than $30 million over two years to fund Concentration of Poverty grants to provide full-time coverage of health care practioners and community school coordinators.

official photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has named a new transportation secretary for the state of Maryland.

The governor announced Monday that he has appointed Gregory Slater to be the next secretary. Slater is currently the administrator of the State Highway Administration.

The governor says Slater has led a major traffic relief plan involving public-private partnerships. He also led negotiations with Virginia to fix the American Legion Bridge.

Don Rush (File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing $3.8 billion for Maryland school construction over five years. The Republican governor made the announcement Thursday, along with an initiative aimed at improving accountability in academic performance in schools.

Education funding is expected to be a top issue before the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, which convenes next month for its annual 90-day legislative session.

Lawmakers will take up wide-ranging recommendations from a state commission that include raising teacher pay and expanding prekindergarten.

creative commons

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has made two judicial appointments in Wicomico County.

WBOC reports that Abigail Marsh, executive director of the Life Crisis Center, has been named to the County District Court.

The organization is a non-profit legal services and advocacy group.

In addition, she has served as Deputy State’s Attorney for Worcester County along with three years in private practice.

David Martz has also been appointed to the Wicomico District Court.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Students and alumni from Maryland’s four historically black colleges rallied yesterday for resolution to a 13-year-old federal lawsuit over disparities in academic programs.

The rally was held about a block from the state Capitol, as members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland were urging lawmakers to support a settlement of at least $577 million.That’s more than double the $200 million offered by Gov. Larry Hogan over 10 years.

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Students from Maryland's four historically black colleges are scheduled to rally for a resolution to a federal lawsuit.

Supporters plan to rally Wednesday in Annapolis, Maryland. They are urging Gov. Larry Hogan and state legislators to settle a federal lawsuit that dates back to 2006.

It alleged the state has underfunded the institutions while developing programs at traditionally white schools that directly compete with and drain prospective students away from the African-American schools.


Maryland state and federal officials are leaning on the county’s fourth-largest homebuilder to end mandatory arbitration and nondisclosure agreements in the repair of construction defects.

The NVR based in Reston, Virginia has also built homes in Ocean City.

official photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker says legislation is being considered to resolve a long-running lawsuit in federal court over program disparities between four historically black colleges and traditionally white colleges.

Del. Charles Sydnor, a Baltimore County Democrat, said Friday he is working with other lawmakers on proposals for a settlement of at least $577 million.

That's the amount that an attorney representing the HBCUs has recommended.

Sydnor spoke at a news conference to discuss a rally next week calling for a fair resolution.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A former leader of the NAACP says he will run for the Maryland congressional seat that became vacant with the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Kweisi Mfume announced his plans Monday to regain the seat he held before leading the civil rights organization.

Mfume currently serves as the chairman of Morgan State University's board of regents. He represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District from 1987 to 1996.

The district stretches across parts of Baltimore and Howard and Baltimore counties.

Don Rush (File Photo)

GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) - A decision by a county executive in Maryland to ban a police station from displaying a "thin blue line" flag is drawing criticism from Gov. Larry Hogan.

The wooden flag was a gift from a local resident in recognition of National First Responders Day. It was to be displayed in the 5th District Station.

News outlets report that Democratic Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said the flag provides a symbol of "support" to some, but is a symbol of "dismissiveness" to others.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland transportation officials have announced that major construction work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will no longer pause during the Thanksgiving holiday, meaning drivers should "expect major delays" during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

Exelon Corp

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing an agreement with Exelon on the Conowingo Dam that requires the company to invest more than $200 million in environmental projects.

Hogan said Tuesday the money in the proposed settlement will be used to improve water quality in the Lower Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.

The administration says elements of the agreement will be submitted for approval to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as part of the licensing renewal for the dam.

Official Photo

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has set the dates for a special election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Hogan in a proclamation Monday scheduled the special primary election for Feb. 4 and the special general election for April 28.

Cummings represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District since 1996. He died Oct. 17 of complications from longstanding health issues.