Maryland Gov. Hogan cuts fees totaling $10 million a year
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced that he will cut or reduce state fees totaling $10.2 million a year from the stateês total budget of $40 billion. They are all administrative fees. He said he wants to cut more fees, but he needs the legislatureês help.
Governor Hogan asked all state agencies to review their fees to see which ones could be cut or reduced. Several of the reduced fees are in the Department of Transportation, where the new car dealerês license will cost $225 instead of $250, and the vehicle salespersonês license will drop to $67.50 from $75. Other reductions focus on business licensing fees, but cover fees ranging from real estate broker license fees to boat licenses. Some $5.9 million is saved by eliminating the
E-Z Pass maintenance, as announced earlier this year.
Hogan said the cuts will not affect the agenciesê operation. In many agencies we saw that departments were simply collecting more than was needed, or in other words, overcharging taxpayers, he said.Download Bulletin PDF