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July 2018 Update

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Message From Governor Larry Hogan

Dear Friend,


This July, I had the opportunity to enjoy all that Maryland has to offer, from touring parts of Western Maryland and visiting the beautiful mid-shore region to enjoying the Tawes Crab & Clam Bake in Crisfield and tasting the delicious food grown all across Maryland at our annual Buy Local Cookout.

To kick off the month, I joined Marylanders in celebrating our nation’s freedom at several Independence Day parades across the state. This is one of my favorite activities of the year because I get to meet so many Marylanders in one day!


Throughout the month, we continued to work tirelessly to change Maryland for the better. We furthered our commitment to ensuring every Marylander receives a world-class education with the launch of a comprehensive college affordability initiative; we brought our regional cabinet meeting to the Mid-Shore where we visited more than 100 local businesses, schools, and community centers; and I visited Hagerstown to discuss our administration’s efforts with workforce development, communities roles in assisting those with substance use disorders, and more. Read about these stops and more below.


The First Lady and I also enjoyed hosting the 11th annual Buy Local Cookout at Government House, with the First Lady serving her delicious Kimchi burgers. (Have you checked out her new cooking series Yumi Cooks!yet?) Every year, I look forward to this event because it is an opportunity to recognize our farmers, producers, and watermen for the valuable role they play in Marylanders’ lives every single day.

July also marked a significant achievement for Maryland on the national stage as I was elected to serve as Vice Chair and Chairman-elect of the bipartisan National Governors Association. I am proud and humbled that our administration can serve as an example to state governments across the country when it comes to enacting common sense policy solutions that improve the daily lives of our citizens, and I look forward to serving as the NGA’s Vice Chair.

Be sure to stay up to date on what’s going on by following my Facebook pageTwitter,Instagram account, and Snapchat (username: LarryHogan).

See you next month!

Your Governor,


Mid-Shore Regional Cabinet Meeting


Governor Larry Hogan held a Mid-Shore Cabinet Meeting at American Legion Dorchester Post 91 in Cambridge, Md. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Deputy Chief of Staff and former Talbot County legislator Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, as well as dozens of Maryland cabinet secretaries and directors representing agencies across the state, and state and local officials.

“Four years ago, when I was running for governor, I said that the Eastern Shore would no longer be ignored, forgotten, or neglected,” said Governor Hogan. “We have made it a priority to make sure that people on the Eastern Shore know that they have a voice in Annapolis, a seat at the table, and a governor who is working and fighting on your behalf each and every day. Today, we are bringing the entire leadership of the state government directly to you – on the Eastern Shore.”


This day-long visit, which included over 100 stops by the governor, Lt. Governor, cabinet secretaries, and administration officials, brought together elected officials, senior county leadership, local business owners, community leaders, and public service personnel to discuss county specific issues and ensure direct engagement and communication with Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot County constituents.

The governor’s cabinet meeting was the first public event held at American Legion Post 91 since it was damaged by fire in 2016 and rebuilt. The governor participated in an official ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony following the meeting.

Encouraging economic development and new job creation on the Eastern Shore has been a top priority of the Hogan administration; and this past legislative session, the More Jobs for Marylanders Act was expanded to incentivize and encourage manufacturers to create jobs where they are needed most. Additionally, the Mid-Shore counties have just received approval for six new opportunity zones, bringing the Eastern Shore total to 24 opportunity zones to attract even further investment and energize development. Recently, 50 new jobs were added in Cambridge with the expansions of Egide USA, Inc. and Cambridge Federal, as well as 100 new jobs in Talbot County with the expansion of Talbot Commerce Park. In Caroline County, 126 new jobs at Crystal Steel and 100 new jobs at Choptank Transport were added recently.

Governor Larry Hogan Announces College Affordability & Student Debt Relief Initiatives


Governor Larry Hogan announced a comprehensive series of initiatives to make a college education more affordable and provide relief to Marylanders burdened by student debt. Governor Hogan made the announcement at the Universities at Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Md.

“In Maryland, nearly 60 percent of all of our college students are graduating with thousands of dollars in student debt. This financial burden is preventing young Marylanders from achieving financial security and has become a roadblock to home ownership and saving for retirement,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “That changes today, as we provide real and pragmatic solutions for our students and continue to invest, a record $7 billion, into making college affordable and relieving crushing student loan debt.”

Governor Hogan announced that he will reintroduce the administration’s Student Debt Relief Act as emergency legislation on the first day of the 2019 legislative session, allowing Marylanders to deduct 100 percent of the interest paid on their student loans from their income tax return.

Governor Larry Hogan, Federal Government Sign Maryland Model All-Payer Contract


Governor Larry Hogan, together with Seema Verma, Administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), signed and officially enacted Maryland’s Total Cost of Care All-Payer Model, known as the “Maryland Model,” in a signing ceremony at the Maryland State House.

Governor Hogan and Administrator Verma were joined by Maryland Department of Health Secretary Robert Neall, Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Speaker of the House Michael Busch, as well as numerous healthcare industry representatives and advocates. The Maryland Model is an innovative approach to healthcare provider payment that is unique to Maryland and made possible via a contract between CMS and the state. The new model contract is expected to provide an additional $300 million in savings per year by 2023, totaling $1 billion in savings over five years.

“We are thrilled to be here to officially execute and enact our unique and innovative Maryland Model, which is the only one of its kind in the nation,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Today, we are taking another major step forward in our efforts to ensure that every Marylander has access to quality healthcare. It is my hope that these actions will be an example to the nation that when both sides of the aisle and all levels of government come together to develop innovative solutions, we can make real progress toward addressing our healthcare challenges and making care more accessible and more affordable.”

Governor Larry Hogan Elected Vice-Chairman of National Governors Association


Governor Larry Hogan was officially elected Vice-Chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA) at the organization’s 2018 summer meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which the governor attended from July 20-22. Governor Hogan will lead the bipartisan coalition of governors along with Governor Steve Bullock (D-Montana), who will serve as Chairman.

“Governors have a tremendous opportunity to come together to find solutions and make real progress in the face of the dysfunction we see in Washington, D.C.,” said Governor Hogan. “I am deeply honored to have been selected by my bipartisan colleagues to help lead this effort, and I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Bullock and our fellow governors from both sides of the aisle to share ideas and ultimately get things done for our constituents.”

Governor Hogan has served on the NGA’s executive committee since 2017, and is the incoming Chair of the Finance Committee and the NGA Best Practices Board. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Water Policy Learning Network and previously served as Chair of the Economic Development & Commerce Committee.

Commerce Corner


Paul Fredrick, an online provider of high-quality menswear, is moving its corporate office from Pennsylvania to Baltimore County and expects to add 70 new jobs over the next five years. The company plans to lease up to 10,000 square-feet of space in the county where it will establish its new headquarters later this year. Led by former Jos. A. Bank senior executives, Paul Fredrick is also looking into adding a retail storefront component in the region.

“We are pleased to be moving our office to Baltimore County. Our team is looking forward to being in the greater Baltimore area, which has a long history in the apparel manufacturing business, and where we have the ability to hire from the area’s rich talent pool and terrific local colleges and universities,” said R. Neal Black, CEO of Paul Fredrick.

“Our administration is excited that an innovative, growing company like Paul Fredrick has chosen to relocate their headquarters to Baltimore County, add 70 new jobs, and potentially develop retail locations,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “With our skilled workforce, growing economy, and open-for-business attitude, Maryland and Baltimore County is the perfect place for Paul Frederick to locate and expand their company.”



I hope you all had a wonderfully patriotic Independence Day. Did you know that Baltimore is the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner? Francis Scott Key penned our now National Anthem in 1814 after seeing the American Flag flying victoriously over Fort McHenry following an arduous bombardment during the War of 1812.

Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan Host 11th Annual Buy Local Cookout


Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan hosted the 11th Annual Buy Local Cookout at Government House and officially recognized “Maryland Buy Local Week,” which encourages Marylanders to incorporate at least one locally grown, produced, or harvested product into their meals each day. Governor Hogan officially declared July 21-29 as “Maryland Buy Local Week” to raise awareness about the benefits of local farms and food so that Marylanders will become more familiar and more frequent consumers of fresh, local products.

“The annual Buy Local Cookout is a celebration of the thriving agriculture and seafood industries that we have right here in our state,” said Governor Hogan. “Every year, I look forward to this event, as it is an opportunity to recognize our farmers, producers, and watermen for the valuable role they play in Marylanders’ lives every single day. The chefs at this year’s cookout have masterfully crafted recipes that represent the best of Maryland grown and harvested products, and I thank each talented chef that submitted recipes for this year’s event.”

Video Highlights


Buy Local Cookout: Eating all that Maryland has to offer


Annapolis Sailor’s Triathlon: Putting the Try in Triathlon!


Baltimore Farmers Market: A Fun Way to Spend a Sunday!


Mundane (But Meaningful): Lt. Gov Boyd Rutherford Talks About the World Cup


Cabinet Meeting: Bringing State Government to the Mid-Shore Region