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February 1, 2019

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Message From Governor Larry Hogan

Dear Friend,


We kicked off 2019 and the beginning of our second term with a flurry of activity.

From celebrating the historic Inauguration to our budget rollout to the State of the State Address – it’s hard to believe it’s already February!

In January, we announced a comprehensive crime initiative to tackle the violence that is terrorizing Baltimore City; proposed major investments in our education system; introduced tax credits for our retirees and small business; and so much more. You can read about many of these initiatives below and explore our entire 2019 Opportunity Session package here.

In my Inaugural and State of the State Addresses, I emphasized the need for all of us to continue to work in a bipartisan manner to get things done for the people of Maryland. I am confident that no problem faces us that hard work, honesty, and courage cannot solve if we work together.

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

See you next month!

Your Governor,


Governor Larry Hogan Announces Fiscal Year 2020 Budget


Governor Larry Hogan announced major items in the administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget, which was officially submitted on Friday, January 18. The governor’s budget fully funds not only the administration’s priorities, but also all legislative mandated spending programs without raising taxes, cutting services, or raiding dedicated special funds. The budget leaves $1.3 billion in reserves and continues – for the fifth straight year – to fund K-12 public education at an all-time record level.

“Once again, we will provide historically high, record funding for K-12 education – our fifth consecutive budget to do so,” said Governor Hogan. “Not only will every single penny that every single jurisdiction anticipates from the state for education be fully funded at 100 percent, but every single school system in Maryland will again see increased investment by the state.”

The FY 2020 budget continues the Hogan administration’s legacy of fiscal responsibility, adhering to recommendations from the Spending Affordability Committee and maintaining structural balance while making vital investments in education, healthcare, and job creation. This budget also makes prudent use of what is likely a one-time surplus to both save for the future and make critical infrastructure investments. More than $1.3 billion has been set aside to guard against any potential downturn in the economy while still investing $3.3 billion in Maryland’s transportation network and nearly $250 million for a wide range of improvements to facilities or projects that provide services to Maryland citizens, including $63 million in critical maintenance funding to Maryland higher education institutions.

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Maryland Opportunity Zone Expansion


Governor Larry Hogan announced a series of initiatives and legislation to further expand the thriving Maryland Opportunity Zone program. A total of $56.5 million will be dedicated to attracting new businesses and development and continuing to invest in Maryland’s workforce.

“Today’s important Opportunity Zone announcements strengthen our focus on and steadfast commitment to renewing hope and opportunity in every corner of our state,” said Governor Hogan. “These initiatives will foster an environment of economic opportunity to create thousands of new Maryland jobs and to transform and revitalize the cities, towns, and local communities that need our help the most.”

In addition, the governor signed Executive Order 01.01.2019.01, which creates the Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force. The task force, chaired by Lt. Governor Rutherford, will host regional summits throughout the state for local stakeholders to share information and discuss possibilities for Opportunity Zones. The task force will develop a State Opportunity Plan to align Opportunity Zone goals with state economic and cultural priorities, which will include partnering with local governments to effectively leverage local assets to fast-track investment and development.

“I would like to thank Governor Hogan for the opportunity – no pun intended – to lead the Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “The governor’s leadership and vision has made the revitalization of our most vulnerable communities a top priority for the state. This is an exciting endeavor, one which I believe will truly make a difference in those communities that need our assistance the most.”

Hogan Administration Launches Comprehensive Initiatives to Address Violent Crime in Baltimore City


Governor Larry Hogan announced a series of initiatives and legislation to address violent crime in Baltimore City through a multi-pronged approach of enforcement, prevention, legislation, and victim services. The governor is committing nearly $13 million and introducing two new pieces of legislation to utilize all resources available to create the strongest state enforcement presence ever within Baltimore City.

“The level of violence in Baltimore City is completely unacceptable – the people who live here are rightfully scared, and citizens all across the state are outraged by the daily headlines of this rampant gang violence,” said Governor Hogan. “I have been bringing together all the federal, state, and local stakeholders to get everyone’s input on what else can be done. As a result of those efforts, we are launching a new coordinated offensive to go after violent crime, gangs, and criminal enterprises.”

Governor Larry Hogan Honors 2019 Century Farm Families


Governor Larry Hogan honored Maryland’s farm families for their commitment to farming and leadership in preserving agricultural land by presenting Century Farm designations to five families from five counties who have farmed the same land for more than 100 years. Since the program began in 1994, 187 farms – about one percent of the state’s 12,200 farms – have received the Century Farm designation. Four of those have received the Tricentennial Farm designation and 26 have received the Bicentennial Farm designation.

“Today it is my distinct honor to celebrate five families that represent the absolute best of Maryland’s agricultural community,” said Governor Hogan. “This is a celebration of agriculture, but it is also about family. By passing down farming as a way of life from generation to generation, each of our honorees has played a significant role in securing agriculture as the leading industry in Maryland. Congratulations to all of the wonderful families being honored today.”

Commerce Corner


Floor & Decor, a leading specialty retailer of hard surface flooring, announced plans to open a 1.5 million square-foot distribution center at Tradepoint Atlantic in eastern Baltimore County. The project is expected to create 150 full-time jobs by the end of 2023. The building will be the second largest in Maryland, and once operational, the company will be one of the Port of Baltimore’s largest customers.

“It’s a big win for Maryland and the Baltimore region that a growing national company like Floor & Decor is choosing to open a new facility and bring 150 new jobs to Tradepoint Atlantic,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Attracting this exciting project to Maryland underscores our commitment to keeping our state open for business and working hard to create new job opportunities for Marylanders.”

#RutherFacts Corner


Did you know that Governor Larry Hogan and I were sworn in for our second term in office using the same Bible Governor Theodore R. McKeldin used for his second inauguration in 1955? Governor McKeldin – the 53rd governor of Maryland – is the only other Republican governor in history to be elected to serve a second term.

Bonus #RutherFact: I am the first Republican Lt. Governor to be re-elected in Maryland.

Governor Larry Hogan Launches #MDHelps Effort to Support Federal Workers During Partial Government Shutdown


Governor Larry Hogan announced #MDHelps, a state multi-agency effort to support federal workers who have been affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown. The initiative was announced at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where the governor greeted federal workers from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and FBI, as well as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers.

“This federal government shutdown, the longest in the history of the United States, is impacting the security of our nation, the economy of the State of Maryland, and most importantly, the lives of tens of thousands of our Maryland citizens,” said Governor Hogan. “Leaders in Washington need to put aside their differences and get this fixed.”

Video Highlights


Mundane (But Meaningful): The Capital Budget


State of the State: A State of Opportunity


Inauguration Day


2019 Polar Bear Plunge