Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to cut 155 state fees, save $60 million over five years

by Faith E. Pinho  |  published on May 13, 2016

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday announced cuts to 155 state fees that are expected to save $60 million in taxpayer funds over the next five years.

Among the targeted fees are a $1.50 reduction in E-ZPass prices, an elimination of the $300 application fee for hospice care and a waived entrance charge to state parks for veterans on Veterans Day. Mr. Hogan said none of the reductions would diminish service at any affected agency.

“We believe this money will do more good in the hands of the taxpayers than in the hands of the government,” the Republican governor said during a press conference in Annapolis.

His announcement marks the second time Mr. Hogan has cut agency fees without the Democrat-run General Assembly, which did not approve some of his tax-relief proposals in the legislative session that ended last month.

  • democrat CockRoach

    democrats hate when Republicans cut taxes and then they use that as an excuse when they spend too much money.

  • I Seigel

    Anyone can cut fees and taxes. That’s the easy part. The interesting part will be a year from now, when we see what effects those cuts have made. The Kansas governor found it real easy to cut all kinds of taxes and fees in his state. Now look at the mess Brownback has made of his state. Their education system is a shambles, and they are running huge budget deficits.

    • democrat CockRoach

      The entire country’s educational systems are in shambles. What would you expect with liberals running everything?

      • I Seigel

        Where do you think the counties get their money? Where do you think public universities get their money? And many of the country’s educational systems are doing fine or more than fine. And don’t forget – No Child Left Behind was a Bush program, and Common Core was a system devised by the nation’s governors, bipartisan.

    • democrat CockRoach

      37th in literacy in the world now. WOW

      • I Seigel

        And not Number One in health care, or life expectancy, or many other criteria. It’s been a long slow slide over the past 30 years, during Democratic and Republican administrations both. Don’t forget, that’s why No Child Left Behind and Common Core were started in the first place, because of the declining test scores and other metrics, and because of the need for our kids to compete with those in Japan, S Korea, India and China, who all score MUCH better in math and science than American kids do, generally speaking.

  • ADRoberts

    Only Republicans cut taxes. And the Democrats scream as they scramble to go back to work and put them back on.
    Freedom, independence, having money to spend. That is all about being conservative (Not Republican)
    Taxes, more control of our lives, less money for our decision making…..That is what Democrats do.

  • Jack Burns

    Any tax cut is good.

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