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Photo Release: Governor Hogan Discusses Economic Priorities, Promotes Clean Cars in Montgomery County

Takes Part in Roundtable Discussion with Local Business Leaders, Visits Nation’s First Fully Converted Gas-to-Electric Station

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan was in Montgomery County today to take part in a roundtable discussion with local business leaders and promote his Clean Cars tax credit initiative.

Roundtable with Montgomery County Business Leaders. Governor Hogan participated in a roundtable discussion in Rockville with members of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce to discuss economic development and legislative priorities. As members of the General Assembly pursue the largest tax increase in state history, the governor reaffirmed his commitment to hold the line on taxes for hardworking families, small businesses, and retirees.

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“Over the past five years, we have changed the entire mission of our state government to be unabashedly pro-jobs and pro-business,” said Governor Hogan. “The legislature’s tax hike proposals would have a devastating impact on hardworking Marylanders and small businesses, and would undo all of the progress we have made. As long as I am governor, I will join the overwhelming majority of Marylanders in standing against these massive tax increases.”

HB1628 would expand the sales tax to hundreds of services that Marylanders use every day, including haircuts, dry cleaning, landscaping, and oil changes. This $2.6 billion increase would be the largest tax increase in Maryland history.

Clean Cars. In Takoma Park, Governor Hogan promoted his Clean Cars initiative at RS Automotive, home to the first fully converted gas-to-electric station in the United States. The Clean Cars Act of 2020 would extend the Clean Cars tax credit for electric vehicles until 2023 and double its funding to $12 million.

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“RS Automotive is a perfect example of how Maryland is on the cutting edge of smart environmental initiatives,” said Governor Hogan. “Our Clean Cars initiative has been incredibly successful, and we are urging the legislature to work with us to extend the program and make it accessible to more Marylanders.”

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Chargers at RS Automotive were funded in part via the Maryland State’s Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP) in partnership with Electric Vehicle Institute (EVI). The AFIP develops public access, alternative fuel refilling/charging infrastructure throughout the state. Each year, the AFIP helps to displace millions of gallons of petroleum. The governor was joined for today’s visit by Mary Beth Tung, director of the Maryland Energy Administration, and Chrissy Nizer, administrator for Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration.

Currently in Maryland, there are nearly 25,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road and 1,800 public electric chargers available. The Maryland Energy Administration has helped incentivize over 1,000 public and residential chargers.

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