Larry Hogan

Hogan Issues Vetoes

Mar 28, 2019
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $15, as well as a measure to give local school boards the ability to decide whether school starts before or after Labor Day.

The Republican governor announced the vetoes on Wednesday. He also vetoed a bill that would remove regulatory authority over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline from the Maryland comptroller's office.

Hogan says the minimum wage increase would hurt the state's economy. He says the other two bills are "politically motivated legislation." 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a measure to enable federal employees in Maryland who must work during a government shutdown without pay to get unemployment benefits.

Hogan signed the bill Tuesday in Annapolis.

State lawmakers approved the legislation in response to the 35-day federal government shutdown that ended in January. It would apply to civilian federal employees who work at a site in Maryland.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor is urging congressional leaders to oppose cuts to Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts in President Donald Trump's budget.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, made the request in a letter Monday to top leaders of both parties.

Hogan is asking them to boost federal funding to $90 million for the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program, which coordinates science, research, and modeling efforts.

Under the president's budget proposal, the program would get $7.3 million, down from $73 million this year.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says former Gov. Harry Hughes restored integrity to Maryland's capital.

Hogan spoke at a funeral Thursday in Annapolis for Hughes, who was governor from 1979 to 1987. Hughes entered office after two of his predecessors were hit by scandal. He died last week at age 92.

Hogan praised Hughes for being a fierce advocate of environmental stewardship. He highlighted the former governor's work at building partnerships with the federal government and surrounding states to protect the Chesapeake Bay.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn't completely ruling out a potential primary challenge to President Donald Trump, he says that currently "it doesn't make any sense at all."

Hogan spoke to reporters Thursday with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Hogan friend who is in Maryland for a book promotion. Christie says he doesn't see a political path at the moment for challenging the president in the primary, because of Trump's approval ratings among Republicans.

Still, Hogan says it's unknown "what that might look like several months from now."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to raising the state's minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2025.

The House and Senate voted Wednesday for a compromise. That sends the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan, who opposes the measure. The House and Senate passed the bill with enough votes to override a veto.

The minimum wage would increase to $11 in January. It would then go up 75 cents a year to $14 in 2024, and then reach $15 in the following year.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a meeting to discuss how to address revelations that about a third of the University of Maryland Medical System's board of directors has received compensation through the network's contracts with their businesses.

Hogan is scheduled to meet with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, House Speaker Michael Busch and officials from the system on Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis.

Miller told reporters Tuesday he hopes the meeting will result in a unified response. The Senate president says there needs to be an audit.

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(AP) The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to a measure to let local school boards decide when school starts.

A final vote by the Senate on Monday sends the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan, who has opposed the bill. The House and Senate passed the measure with enough votes to override a veto by the governor.

Hogan signed an executive order in 2016 to require schools to start after Labor Day.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

The Senate voted 32-15 along party lines on Thursday for the bill. Democrats who control the General Assembly have made the measure a priority this session.

The House also has approved raising the minimum wage to $15, but the chambers have passed different versions of the legislation.

For example, the Senate bill gives businesses with fewer than 15 employees until 2028 to comply.

Maryland's minimum wage is currently $10.10.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to allow Johns Hopkins University to create its own armed police force.

The Senate voted 43-2 for the bill Thursday, sending it to the House. It would allow the private institution to have 100 police officers at its academic and hospital campuses in Baltimore.

The bill has stirred debate between those who want to boost campus safety amid Baltimore's struggles against violent crime and those who fear police profiling.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will speak in New Hampshire next month as he weighs a primary challenge to President Donald Trump.

The Republican Hogan, who remains popular in liberal leaning Maryland and won re-election last fall, will speak at "Politics & Eggs" on April 23.

The program from the New England Council and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College is a political rite of passage for many candidates running for president.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates will be discussing the state budget, which includes increased education funding.

The House will take up the budget measure Wednesday. It includes about $320 million for the next fiscal year to begin supporting recommendations from a state commission on education. It also includes about $500 million for school construction.

Del. Maggie McIntosh, who chairs the budget committee, says it was a challenge after revenue projections recently were reduced.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he doesn't yet believe President Donald Trump is vulnerable in a primary, but he's still considering launching a challenge because "things could change."

Hogan says, "If there's a crack" in Trump's support, "if there's a little bit of - any daylight - someone might say, look, there's very long odds but it's an important thing to try to do."

Hogan spoke during an interview with The Associated Press at a National Governors Association regional meeting in Iowa.

He says: "We'll see. You never say never."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An emergency commission is proposing a new congressional map for western Maryland that restores the Republican tilt it had a decade ago.

The new map approved Friday by Gov. Larry Hogan's Commission on Sixth Congressional District Gerrymandering returns parts of conservative Frederick and Carroll counties to the 6th District. More liberal parts of Montgomery County, closer to the nation's capital are returned to the 8th District.

No other congressional districts are affected.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's administration says it expects a pilot program to test removing dredge materials from the Conowingo Dam to be "substantially complete" this year.

The administration announced Monday that Northgate Dutra JV will carry out a $3 million pilot project to test the quality of sediment throughout the dam reservoir. It also will dredge and reuse a small portion of it to create a market for cost-effective recovery of material that has greater value on the land than as a threat to water quality in the river or Chesapeake Bay.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's not launching a primary challenge against President Donald Trump unless the president's political standing within his own party weakens dramatically.

Hogan has emerged as the new best hope of a small group of so-called Never Trump Republicans seeking a prominent GOP official to take on Trump in 2020. He raised serious concerns about Trump's leadership in a Thursday interview but said he had no interest in a "kamikaze mission."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says his administration has had preliminary discussions with Amazon, and he looks forward to meeting with the company again about potentially expanding to Maryland.

Hogan was asked at a news conference Thursday about the company's new headquarters, after Amazon announced it has abandoned plans for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city.

Maryland's Montgomery County was one of the company's finalists for the new headquarters.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Retired radio talk show host Diane Rehm is scheduled to testify in favor of a measure in Maryland that would allow the terminally ill to end their lives with the help of a doctor.

A hearing on the bill is set for Friday.

Rehm, a former NPR host, has been an outspoken supporter of assisted-death legislation since her husband, John, died in 2014.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has abandoned talks to persuade the Washington Redskins to build its next stadium on a Maryland site currently owned by the federal government.

Spokeswoman Amelia Chasse told news outlets Tuesday that Hogan will proceed with acquiring state control of the 300-acre tract near MGM National Harbor. In December, Hogan acknowledged negotiating a nonbinding land swap that could have cleared the way for a 60,000-seat stadium. That plan drew concern from surprised local politicians and those worried about environmental and financial impact.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to enable local school boards to decide when public schools start.

Senators voted 31-13 for the bill Tuesday. It now goes to the House.

The measure in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly has prompted a battle with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who signed an executive order in 2016 requiring schools to start after Labor Day. 

Supporters of the later start say longer summer breaks give families more time together and help tourism. But opponents say it shortchanges education.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A vote is near on a measure to enable local school boards in Maryland to decide when public schools start.

The Maryland Senate could vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill.

The measure in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly has prompted a battle with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The governor signed an executive order in 2016 requiring schools to start after Labor Day. 

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Governor Larry Hogan has called his fellow governor in Virginia to step down.

The Maryland Republican’s remarks on a CBS affiliate comes on the heels of racist photos in Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook.

Hogan said, “It’s completely unacceptable. I’m sure he has lost the confidence of the people.”

WBOC reports that the scandal led to the postponement of an event that had been scheduled for Salisbury University in which Hogan, Northam and Delaware’s governor John Carney were the appeared.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's comptroller is denouncing a measure that would take regulatory powers over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline away from his office.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, said Wednesday the measure is an example of "the very darkest motivations of the Annapolis machine."

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland supporters of allowing federal employees who must work during a government shutdown without pay to collect unemployment benefits are hoping to advance legislation as soon as this week.

A Senate committee held a hearing Tuesday. A House committee held a hearing last week.

Lawmakers filed the legislation in response to the recent 35-day shutdown. Lawmakers have filed the bill as emergency legislation, hoping it would take effect quickly. The measure's supporters have expressed concern about another potential shutdown after Feb. 15.

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During his State of the State address, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan offered up tax cuts, more education funding and an emphasis on bipartisanship. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this report on the governor's address.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to give the annual State of the State speech, and he has said he'll be proposing a tax cut.

Hogan will give the speech to a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday.

At a PBS Newshour discussion Monday night in Baltimore, the Republican said he would talk about a "major tax cut" when he delivers the speech, though he declined to offer details Monday night.

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It will be Comptroller Peter Franchot’s day in Baltimore as he is sworn in for another term.

This is instead of being sworn in at the State House in Annapolis.

Franchot received the highest number of votes for a statewide office in the history of the state.

And, there have been hints that the comptroller may being looking at a run for the governorship.

Franchot has said he would look at it a few years down the road.

Meanwhile, Republican Governor Larry Hogan will swear in the longtime Democrat.

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has announced free rides on public transportation for federal workers who aren't getting paid because of the partial government shutdown.

Hogan made the announcement Thursday at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, after greeting Transportation Security Administration workers. It's part of #MDHelps , a multi-agency effort to support affected workers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a contract to put bronze statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass in the historic Maryland State House.

The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 for the $575,000 contract Wednesday for the statues of the Maryland-born abolitionists. Both Tubman and Douglass were born on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

The board is comprised of Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has announced initiatives to support charter schools, including a new funding proposal.

Hogan announced the Public Charter School Facility Fund Act of 2019 on Wednesday. It would provide $1,600 in per-pupil funding for each public charter school student. Maryland has about 23,000 charter school students, so that would add up to about $36.8 million, if passed in its entirety.

It would be distributed through the Maryland State Department of Education.