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December 1, 2017 Newsletter

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Message From Governor Larry Hogan

Dear Friend,


The holiday season is underway, and the First Lady and I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for, including my family and our continued good health and happiness. I am also deeply grateful to all Marylanders for the opportunity to serve as your governor, and I will continue to fight on your behalf every moment and with everything I have.

We were very busy in November, again traveling all across the state and talking with Marylanders of all walks of life.

Early in the month, we celebrated the 3rd Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Festival at Wilde Lake Elementary and the Maryland International School, where I was impressed by all of the students and their exhibits – I even had the chance to try some of the experiments myself!


As Maryland strives to compete nationally and across the globe, STEM education is helping us to create critical thinkers and to empower the next generation of leaders. That’s why I was proud to announce our ACCESS Initiative (Achieving Computer Science Collaborations for Employing Students Statewide), a comprehensive computer science education and workforce development plan, including a new executive order, proposed legislation, and $5 million in new education funding. Read more about this initiative below.

Also this month, I announced that our administration will reintroduce legislation to eliminate all state income tax on retirement income received as a result of military service. We have been pushing to eliminate income taxes for all retirees since before taking office, and we have acted to move toward this goal by first extending tax relief to our military veterans and hometown heroes. Keep reading to learn more about this legislation.


Right before Thanksgiving, I was excited to join community leaders, local residents, state and local officials, and many others for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the newly opened and improved MD 404 on the Eastern Shore. For decades, improvements to this vital – and oftentimes dangerous – corridor were slow to move forward, and our administration heard the calls loud and clear. We were proud to deliver critical safety improvements on the number one priority for Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline counties, complete and a year and a half ahead of schedule. Read more about this project and how we’re transforming transportation on US 113 below.

New in this edition of the newsletter is our Video Highlights section, this month featuring the Governor’s Service Awards, my message to Marylanders on Veterans Day, and more. Look for it below the “Did You Know?” fun fact. Also be sure to follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Snapchat!

To wrap up this edition of our newsletter, I want to personally invite you and your family to join the First Lady and I at Government House in Annapolis on Saturday, December 9th from 1PM to 4PM for a Holiday Open House. We’ll be decking the halls, serving refreshments, and listening to live holiday music. This is one of my favorite events of the year, and it’s free and open to everyone. Find more information here.

We are looking forward to even more announcements in December. Our next newsletterwill be released January 5th, so please – from our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a safe and joyous New Year!

Your Governor,


In Memoriam – Honoring Detective Sean Suiter


“It was an honor to pay tribute to the life and the memory of Detective Sean Suiter at his memorial service.

Detective Suiter lived and died a hero, and he will never be forgotten. Those who knew Sean Suiter say he was a good cop who served with integrity. They say he was someone you could always count on, that he was good-natured and funny, and that he loved his family and his brothers in blue.

His legacy will live on through his children, who will be reminded often of the bravery and courage of their father who laid down his life while doing his job to protect the rest of us. His legacy will live on through the proud men and women of the Baltimore Police Department who will continue to honor Detective Suiter’s memory by their continued commitment to their profession.

On behalf of all the grateful citizens of the State of Maryland, we thank him. May God bless him, and may he rest in peace.” – Governor Larry Hogan

Transforming Transportation

MD 404

Governor Larry Hogan was joined by area residents, local business leaders, and officials to celebrate the long-awaited improvement of one of the Eastern Shore’s primary corridors – MD 404. Under the Hogan administration’s landmark investment of an additional $2 billion in roads and bridges announced in June 2015, this $158 million project completed the upgrade of MD 404 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway from US 50 to the Denton Bypass.


“For decades, improvements to this vital corridor were slow to move forward, and our administration heard your calls loud and clear,” said Governor Hogan. “With the completion of the MD 404 upgrade, our administration is proud to deliver on the number one priority for Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline counties – complete and a year and a half ahead of schedule.”

The MD 404 upgrade was planned for years, with small segments improved as funding became available. In the decade between 2005 and 2014, 402 crashes occurred and 12 people lost their lives. Upgrading MD 404 has been the top priority for Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline counties for years.

US 113

Governor Hogan also announced the start of construction on the final phase of widening US 113 (Worcester Highway). This $82.3 million congestion relief project widens US 113 from two lanes to four lanes with a median from MD 365 (Public Landing Road) to Five Mile Branch Road. Governor Hogan added the funding for Worcester County’s top transportation priority in June 2015 as part of the administration’s additional $2 billion investment in roads and bridges across the state.

“This project has been an ongoing priority for thousands of residents and travelers for decades,” said Governor Hogan. “With its completion, this highway will be safer for residents and visitors, encourage tourism, and support economic development not only in Worcester County, but across our entire state. Our administration remains fully committed to bringing congestion relief to all of Maryland.”

Phase Four improvements include a four-lane divided highway with 12-foot lanes and modifying access for residential and commercial properties with service roads, constructing a new bridge over Purnell Branch, stormwater management, and a center median.

ACCESS Initiative – Boosting Computer Science Education and Workforce Development Statewide

Governor Larry Hogan announced a comprehensive computer science education and workforce development plan, including a new executive order, proposed legislation, and $5 million in new education funding.

The governor’s plan, known as the ACCESS Initiative (Achieving Computer Science Collaborations for Employing Students Statewide), fulfills the commitment he made in joining the National Governors Association’s Governors Partnership for K-12 Computer Science in July. In joining the Partnership, the governor committed to strengthening computer science education across states for all students in order to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce and prepare students for the jobs of the future. Current estimates indicate that there are more than 500,000 open computing jobs across the country and over 115,000 total computer science-related jobs in Maryland.

Governor Hogan announces the ACCESS Initiative to boost education and workforce development in computer science.

“For nearly three years, our administration has worked tirelessly to build an unrivaled ecosystem of innovation and economic growth in Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “We want to make sure that Marylanders have the tools and the skills they need to compete for 21st century jobs.

“In this rapidly-evolving job landscape, states that have access to a highly trained workforce will have a major advantage. Maryland simply must continue to lead the way, and closing this skills gap begins with a focus on education. We must spark the interest of students – particularly girls – beginning at an even younger age, and we must inspire high school and college students to pursue careers in computer science,” the governor continued.

While Maryland has a highly educated workforce and computer science-related industries are growing in the state, the demand is increasing at an even faster rate, and companies often experience difficulty in finding workers with the necessary training and skills. There are currently nearly 20,000 openings for high-paying computing-related jobs in Maryland – four times the national average – and while computing-related jobs in the state are projected to grow by another 12 percent over the next decade, in 2015, Maryland produced fewer than 3,000 computer science graduates.

Retirement Income Tax Relief for Veterans


Governor Larry Hogan announced that he will reintroduce legislation in the upcoming 2018 legislative session to eliminate all state income tax on retirement income received as a result of military service. The Hogan administration has introduced similar legislation during the past three legislative sessions, however it has yet to pass in full.

“There can’t possibly be words adequate enough to express our sincere gratitude, respect, and appreciation to all of our military veterans,” said Governor Hogan. “These heroes make Maryland stronger, and we want to do everything we can to make sure that all of our veterans can continue to live, work, raise a family, and eventually retire, right here.

“Not only is this a deserved benefit for those who have served our country, this bill will also help make Maryland more competitive with other states in our region that already offer this benefit. We cannot afford to lose our veterans to neighboring states.”

Watch the announcement here.

Commerce Corner


Amazon officially announced plans to construct an 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center at Tradepoint Atlantic in Baltimore County and bring 1,500 new jobs to the region. The company currently employs more than 5,000 full-time associates at three existing facilities in Baltimore City and Cecil County. Associates at the new facility will pick, pack, and ship customer items such as electronics, books, housewares, and toys.


Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country, announced that it is retaining its Hunt Valley headquarters and investing $12 million to accommodate its Baltimore County operations into three buildings in Hunt Valley. The company, which has 333 employees in Maryland, plans to add 367 full-time employees, targeting 700 full-time employees by the end of 2023.


Tenable™, Inc., one of the nation’s fastest-growing cybersecurity software companies, is planning a major expansion at its corporate headquarters in Howard County to accommodate its rapid growth. The company plans to occupy 150,000 square feet of Class A office space at the Crescent Development, located on Little Patuxent and Broken Land Parkways in downtown Columbia, move-in ready by the second half of 2019. This expansion would add hundreds of full-time employees to Tenable’s existing workforce over the next few years.

Opening in Maryland – Israeli Tech Firm Headquarters


Governor Larry Hogan announcedthat Sesame EnableTM, an Israel-based technology firm, has opened its United States headquarters in Bethesda near the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Governor Hogan met with company executives in 2016 as part of the administration’s economic development and trade mission to Israel, where the governor promoted Maryland as the ideal location for the company’s entry into the U.S. marketplace. The company currently has five employees in the U.S. and is looking to hire up to five additional Marylanders who are veterans or have limited mobility disabilities.

“Sesame Enable’s decision to choose Bethesda for its U.S. headquarters is tremendous news for Montgomery County and our state,” said Governor Hogan. “I was excited to see this cutting edge technology firsthand, and we are proud to be one of the first states to expand universally accessible options to our citizens with disabilities.”

Did You Know?


Governor Hogan joined the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Baltimore District of the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Town of Ocean City for the Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project. Through beach renourishment, this important partnership is not only preserving a cultural icon for Maryland and for the East Coast through – it has also saved the taxpayers of Maryland and the nation by preventing an estimated $927 million in damages since the early 1990s.

Video Highlights


32nd Annual Governor’s Service Awards Recap: “Maryland Has Some of the Kindest and Most Compassionate Citizens in the Country”


Veterans Day Message: Saluting Those Who Have Served


MD 404 Ribbon Cutting: Delivering a Completed 404 a Year and a Half Ahead of Schedule


ACCESS Initiative: Creating Critical Thinkers and Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders