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June 2018 Update

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Message From Governor Larry Hogan

Dear Friend,


Throughout June, we furthered our commitment to supporting world-class education for every child in Maryland by announcing $18.6 million in new education funding. We also announced $80 million in scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year to help make higher education more affordable and accessible to Maryland students.

At the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center in Baltimore City, my entire cabinet and I held our sixth Regional Cabinet Meeting. There, we announced funding for infrastructure, safe streets, and community development that will directly benefit Baltimore City and its citizens. View highlights from this meeting and the nearly 90 stops we made afterward here.


I was able to spend time on the beautiful Eastern Shore this month, from speaking at the 2018 Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference to cutting the ribbon on the new Dover Bridge. Mid-June, we attended the 126th Maryland Fireman’s Convention and the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Summer Conference in Ocean City. Afterward, I had a moment to enjoy the lovely weather, the OC Air Show, boardwalk snacks, and ice cream with my family.

I’m looking forward to a busy and productive July! Be sure to stay up-to-date on what’s going on by following my Facebook pageTwitternew Instagram account, and Snapchat (username: LarryHogan).

See you next month!

Your Governor,


Baltimore City Cabinet Meeting


Governor Larry Hogan held his sixth Regional Cabinet Meeting at the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center in Baltimore City. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, former delegate and Baltimore City Council member Keiffer Mitchell, who served as emcee for the event, as well as more than 40 cabinet secretaries and directors representing agencies across the state, and numerous state and local officials.

At the meeting, Governor Hogan announced $15.2 million in new funding for programs and projects that will directly benefit Baltimore City and its citizens. This includes $5 million in new funding for violence intervention programs, such as the Baltimore Safe Streets initiative; along with $3 million for much needed repairs to the Hanover Street bridge.


“Baltimore City has endured some difficult times, but a strong Maryland depends on a strong Baltimore,” said Governor Hogan. “That’s why, over the past four years, we have been overwhelmingly supportive of the City, providing more than $5 billion in local aid, more than $2 billion for transit projects, and our state investment into Baltimore City’s school system is three-and-a-half times more than the state average.”

The governor allocated $5 million in his upcoming budget for the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Program Fund, which will support effective violence reduction strategies by providing competitive grants to local governments and nonprofits in areas of the state disproportionately impacted by violence. This fund was created by legislation the governor signed earlier this year as part of a comprehensive, bipartisan package of bills aimed at reducing violent crime, including the governor’s historic legislation to toughen sentences for repeat violent offenders and people who commit crimes with a gun.

Governor Larry Hogan Announces $18.6 Million for Kirwan Commission Recommendations, Education Initiatives


Governor Larry Hogan announced $18.6 million in new education funding to go toward a series of initiatives, including recommendations from Maryland’s Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, known as the Kirwan Commission. While the Commission will present its final findings and recommendations at the end of 2018, this funding reflects preliminary recommendations made earlier this year.

“Every child in Maryland deserves access to a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in,” said Governor Hogan. “That’s why our administration has provided record funding for K-12 education for four years in a row and has been committed to innovative and outside-the-box education strategies, such as P-TECH and our ACCESS Initiative. These new investments are yet another way we are giving our students even more opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.”

Governor Larry Hogan Delivers Keynote Address at Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference


Governor Larry Hogan delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Maryland Municipal League (MML) summer conference in Ocean City, Md. In his remarks, the governor highlighted the administration’s progress working in partnership with MML to spur economic development and job creation, improve infrastructure, and remain accessible to all Maryland communities, regardless of their location or size. In addition, the governor announced rural broadband expansion in Crisfield, Md. and the restoration of the Circuit Rider Program within the Critical Area Commission.

“Working together with all of you, we have made incredible strides over the past four years,” said Governor Hogan. “Unlike Washington where nobody gets along and where nothing ever seems to get done, here in Maryland we have chosen a different path, and we’re setting an example for the rest of the nation by working together toward common-sense, bipartisan solutions.”

“The best way to effectively govern this state is with a strong partnership between the state government and all of our local leaders working together – that’s what we promised you we would do, and that is exactly what we have done,” continued the governor.

Restoring Maryland’s economy and fostering job growth in every corner of the state is a core component of the Hogan administration’s work to support local communities and their residents. Since taking office in 2015, Governor Hogan has streamlined or eliminated more than 850 governmental regulations and has provided $1.2 billion in toll, tax, and fee relief for Marylanders.



Did you know that the Chesapeake Bay received its highest ever grade in June? We were excited to learn that the Chesapeake Bay is the healthiest it has been in 33 years! As lifelong Marylanders, the governor and I will continue to preserve and restore our most important natural asset.

In Memoriam


The month of June ended with a terrible tragedy for our state, when five Marylanders who worked for the Capital Gazette – our hometown Annapolis newspaper – were shot and killed in their newsroom. The First Lady and I are terribly saddened by the loss of these members of our community due to this senseless act of violence. We continue to pray for the victims and their families and loved ones, and we will always be Annapolis Strong.

Governor Larry Hogan Announces $80 Million in Higher Education Scholarships for 2018-2019 Academic Award Year


Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) has awarded more than $80 million to nearly 38,000 students to attend one of Maryland’s post-secondary institutions.

“Working to make higher education affordable and accessible for as many Maryland students as possible is one of our top priorities,” said Governor Hogan. “Each dollar we provide to our students for their education is an investment in our economy and our state’s future. As we continue to expand access to education, we strengthen our workforce and help both Maryland citizens and businesses grow and succeed.”

The money, which will be used by students in the 2018-2019 academic year, comes from the Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Awards (EEA) Program, comprised of the Educational Assistance (EA) Grant and Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant programs.

Video Highlights


Yumi Cooks!: The First Lady Whips Up Traditional Beef Bulgogi in Government House Kitchen


New Dover Bridge: Governor Hogan Takes Final Ride over Old Dover Bridge


Mundane (But Meaningful): Lt. Gov Boyd Rutherford Talks About the Customer Service Initiative


Western Maryland: Governor Hogan Breaks Ground at The Maryland Theatre


Cabinet Meeting: Bringing State Government to Baltimore City