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September 2018 Update

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Message From Governor Larry Hogan

Dear Friend,

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September was an action-packed month. I am so grateful to be the governor of such a beautiful and dynamic state. I thoroughly enjoy all of my visits crisscrossing our state, changing Maryland for the better along the way. I had a great time visiting The Great Frederick Fair and listening to music at the National Folk Festival in Salisbury.

This month, we brought state government to Montgomery County with another regional cabinet meeting, announced school accountability initiatives, and cut the ribbon at the new McCormick Headquarters in Baltimore County. Read more about each of these and more below!

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,

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Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Hold Regional Cabinet Meeting and Visit Montgomery County

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Governor Larry Hogan held a regional cabinet meeting in Montgomery County at the Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Md. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, as well as Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, dozens of Maryland cabinet secretaries and directors representing agencies across the state, and other state and local officials. This day, which included nearly 100 events, tours, and meetings, brought together elected officials, senior county leadership, local business owners, and public service personnel to discuss county-specific issues and ensure direct engagement and communication with Montgomery County constituents.

“Today we are literally bringing the entire leadership of state government directly to you in Montgomery County,” said Governor Hogan. “They are all dedicated public servants who are working very hard for you. Our entire team is very much looking forward to a full and productive day here in Montgomery County.”

Lt. Governor Rutherford also made several stops in Montgomery County, touring the recycling center with Ben Grumbles, Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment; visiting B’nai B’rith Homecrest House with Maryland Energy Administration Director Mary Beth Tung; and attending a meeting at Montgomery College with Dr. Jim Fielder, Secretary at Maryland Higher Education Commission and Major General Linda Singh of the Maryland Military Department.

“Our team is committed to Montgomery County’s continued economic growth and community success, working together with legislators, elected officials, and community leaders across our great state as we change Maryland for the better,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford.


Governor Larry Hogan Announces School Accountability Initiatives

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On the first day of school in classrooms across Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan announced a series of initiatives to ensure accountability in state school systems, including an executive order creating an Office of Education Accountability. The governor also vowed to reintroduce legislation in the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly to create an independent Investigator General to investigate allegations of corruption, mismanagement, and criminal conduct in Maryland school systems. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, to make the announcement, as well as education advocates and school officials.

“Our state spends more than $6.5 billion dollars every year on K-12 education. With that kind of state taxpayer money invested in the local systems, our taxpayers, parents, teachers, and especially our students have the right to expect – and they deserve – more accountability, better local management, and the strongest oversight possible,” said Governor Hogan. “We are continuing our fight to improve Maryland local schools, as well as our fight for accountability in local school systems because the status quo simply is not good enough for Maryland’s children.”


Governor Larry Hogan Announces New Parental Leave Policy for State Employees; Provides 60 Days of Paid Leave

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Governor Larry Hogan announced a new parental leave policy for Maryland state employees, which will provide up to an additional 60 days of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child under six years old. To provide more flexibility for working parents, the 60 days may be used any time within the first six months following the birth or adoption and does not have to be used concurrently.

The new 60 days of paid parental leave is part of Senate Bill 859, which Governor Hogan supported and signed this year. The administration is going beyond the requirements of the legislation by making the 60 days of leave available for use anytime within the first six months after birth or adoption of a child, whereas traditionally parents have had to use leave time in a bloc. This additional paid leave will be granted once the employee has exhausted his or her annual and personal leave. This benefit began on October 1, 2018.

“We are maximizing flexibility for working parents by making these 60 days of parental leave available anytime within six months following the birth or adoption of a child,” said Governor Hogan. “Because being a new parent isn’t just about being home for the first six weeks following your son or daughter’s birth. It’s also the doctor’s appointments, check-ups, and other important needs in your child’s early stages of life.”


Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card Shows Historic High Score

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Maryland’s Coastal Bays have received their highest grade ever reported according to the new 2017 Coastal Bays Report Card from the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, a snapshot assessment on the health and resiliency of the coastal bays surrounding Ocean City and Assateague Island. The “B-” grade reflects the positive trend nutrient reductions have shown in many locations since 1999.

“Maryland’s Coastal Bays are an integral part of our region, and are unique ecological treasures in the landscape of the Eastern Shore and our great state,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “The marked improvement we see in the bays’ health is the result of significant state investment, as well as the work and dedicated stewardship of many Marylanders.”

The bays’ health is defined as the progress of four water quality indicators and two biotic indicators toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals. The six indicators are combined into one coastal bays health index, presented as a report card score.


Commerce Corner

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Governor Larry Hogan attended and delivered remarks at the McCormick & Co. Headquarters Grand Opening in Hunt Valley, Md. The new 350,000 square foot space is a state-of-the-art, LEED Gold designed building that maximizes collaboration spaces and flexible working options for the modern-day labor force. McCormick researched 60 possible sites in three states, but ultimately decided to keep its headquarters and 1,000 jobs in Baltimore County.

“I want to congratulate everyone who has been involved in this exciting achievement for McCormick, for Baltimore County, and for the state of Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “When I was sworn in as governor four years ago, we committed to doing everything possible to help this iconic 129-year old Maryland company stay and expand in our state. We certainly couldn’t imagine Old Bay being made anywhere else.”


#RutherFacts

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Did you know that the notable poet Edgar Allan Poe’s remains rest in Baltimore? Some of his famous works include The Raven, Annabel Lee, and The Tell-Tale Heart. He died under mysterious circumstances in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, and his ghost is said to still haunt the house at 203 N. Amity St.

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
– Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849


Hogan Administration Releases 2018 Customer Service Report; Customer Satisfaction Reaches 87.7%

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Governor Larry Hogan announced the release of his administration’s second Customer Service Annual Report, which details continued improvements in customer satisfaction, innovation within state agencies, and collaboration with Maryland companies that set the bar for exceptional customer experiences.

Created in 2016, the Governor’s Customer Service Initiative has continually driven improvements in service delivery and citizen experience. All state agencies have improvement plans with performance metrics, training and recognition programs, and proudly display the Governor’s Customer Service Promise, which is the guiding principle that has set the new standard across state government.

“In addition to the hundreds of fees and regulations we have been able to eliminate and reduce over the past four years, improving the service and experience for all those who interact with state government is a critical component of our efforts to reform state government,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to thank our Customer Service Workgroup for their hard work to drive this change, and it has been gratifying to see so many state workers step up with their own ideas on process improvements and innovations to better serve our customers.”


Video Highlights

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Maryland’s Friendly Skies: Southwest Expanding Facilities

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Mundane (But Meaningful): A Civics Lesson

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YumiCooks!: Japchae with the First Lady

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Regional Cabinet Meeting: Montgomery County


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