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August 2018 Update

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Message From Governor Larry Hogan

Dear Friend,


From walking the boardwalk in Ocean City to cutting the ribbon on a high school in Cumberland to visiting the State Fair in Timonium, this August I was able to see so much of what our great state has to offer! Some of the highlights from this month included speaking at Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference, hosting our FURst puppy reunion, and announcing a new initiative to combat human trafficking.

Throughout the month, we continued to work tirelessly to change Maryland for the better. We opened the HELP Veterans Village to ensure our veterans are taken care of, we announced funding for the final expansion of the Ocean City Convention Center, and we received federal approval for our Maryland Reinsurance Waiver. Read about these stops and more below.


This past month, Yumi and I were excited to have the entire family together for Ada’s 100-day celebration and welcome baby Nora to Annapolis! This is the first time all of the cousins met.

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,


Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference


Governor Larry Hogan visited the Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center on Thursday, August 16 to kick off the administration’s attendance at the 2018 Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference in Ocean City, Md. The MACo exhibit hall features over 250 of the best of commercial, state, and county services and products from across the state, and sold out for 2018.

“Over the past four years, I have traveled from one corner of this great state to the other, and I have seen firsthand how valuable MACo is to our local jurisdictions and the vital role this gathering plays in bringing together state and local leaders to discuss important issues,” said Governor Hogan. “The leaders from across Maryland that are here this week are dedicated public servants who care deeply about the people they represent, which is why my administration has made working with MACo a priority and will always show up.”


Governor Hogan presented citations to three iconic Ocean City businesses that have been contributing to the Eastern Shore and Maryland’s economy for decades, including Trimper’s Rides and Amusements, which is celebrating 125 years as the oldest family-owned and operated amusement park in the U.S.

“The Ocean City boardwalk and these enterprises are incredible Maryland business success stories,” said Governor Hogan. “Like many Marylanders, I have so many great memories of each of these places, along with the rest of the boardwalk. Earlier this summer, I had the chance to bring my grandson here for the very first time, and I look forward to bringing all of my grandchildren here for many years to come. We wish all of these businesses continued growth and success for generations; they have changed the Town of Ocean City for the better.”

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Initiatives To Combat Human Trafficking


Governor Hogan announced a series of initiatives at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services in Rockville, Md. to combat human trafficking in Maryland by providing additional support for trafficking victims and pursuing innovative strategies and harsher punishments for traffickers.

“As governor, I am committed to ensuring that not only are the violent perpetrators brought to justice, but that we also provide the resources necessary to help survivors recover and rebuild their lives,” said Governor Hogan. “One of our most important responsibilities is to protect Maryland citizens, and human trafficking strikes at the very fiber of our Maryland communities, our families, and our children.”

Governor Larry Hogan, Presiding Officers Announce Federal Approval of Maryland Reinsurance Waiver


Governor Hogan was joined by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch to announce that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Maryland’s 1332 State Innovation Waiver to create a state reinsurance program to help stabilize Maryland’s individual health insurance market and prevent previously predicted massive rate hikes.

“With our innovative new reinsurance program, the health insurance market in Maryland will finally have the chance to be competitive and dynamic,” said Governor Hogan. “These cost reductions and this competition will lead to more insurers entering the market and make healthcare more affordable for all Marylanders.”

Facing predicted health insurance rate increases of up to 50 percent and inaction by leaders in Washington, D.C., the Hogan administration worked closely with legislative leadership to develop landmark legislation enabling the state to take this action. Ultimately, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 1795 – Establishment of a State Reinsurance Program. Governor Hogan, President Miller, and Speaker Busch signed this emergency legislation on April 5, 2018, allowing it to take effect immediately.

Governor Larry Hogan Attends Ribbon Cutting for HELP Veterans Village at Perry Point VA Medical Center


Governor Hogan participated in a ribbon cutting for the HELP Veterans Village located at the Perry Point VA Medical Center. Located in Cecil County, the new facility features 75 newly renovated and newly constructed units of energy-efficient housing for at-risk and formerly homeless veterans.

“The brave men and women who will be served by this community have earned the very best care and support and that is exactly what they will receive at HELP Veterans Village at Perry Point,” said Governor Hogan. “This is a shining example of what can be accomplished when the state, local, and federal governments work together with nonprofits in the private sector, and it is just one more way that together, we are changing Maryland for the better.”

Commerce Corner


Governor Hogan  joined Diageo Beer Company executives, Guinness brewers, Baltimore County officials, and local community members to cut the ribbon at the new Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, the first Guinness brewing operation to open in the United States since the 1950s. Diageo, which owns the Guinness brand, invested roughly $90 million in the project, which includes a world-class brewery and barrel house, visitor center, restaurant, and warehousing and packaging operations. The brewery will open to the public on Friday, and is expected to host more than 300,000 visitors in its first year of operation.

“Our administration is proud of Maryland’s robust and growing brewing industry and we are excited to welcome a legendary brewery like Guinness to our great state,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. “In addition to 200 new jobs, this new facility’s full-time brewing and hospitality operations will bring a new source of tourism to Baltimore County and to Maryland. We remain committed to supporting companies that invest in our communities and our citizens, and Guinness opening its doors today is yet another example that Maryland is open for business.”



Did you know that Washington College in Chestertown, Md. was the first college in Maryland? Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, it was also the first college chartered in the new nation. I hope everyone going back to school has a great year!

Governor Larry Hogan Re-elected Chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council


Governor Hogan hosted the 2018 annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council of the Chesapeake Bay Program, which consists of the governors of the six watershed states, the mayor of Washington, D.C., the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At the meeting, Governor Hogan was unanimously elected to chair the council for the second consecutive year.

“As Chair of the Council, I am very pleased with the tremendous progress we are making together and looking forward to the continued opportunity to work with all of you,” said Governor Hogan. “This Council recognizes the power of innovation, collaboration, and partnership when it comes to achieving a cleaner and healthier Chesapeake Bay, a national treasure we have the responsibility to preserve and protect for future generations to come.”

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