State Roundup, April 22, 2016

HOGAN ON SHORE TOUTING PROJECTS: Gov. Larry Hogan heard mostly thank-yous Thursday as he crisscrossed the Republican-friendly Eastern Shore, announcing new road and bridge projects, drawing drastically different responses than he has received from critics in Baltimore and the Washington suburbs, reports Josh Hicks in the Post. Less than a month after the Democrat-majority General Assembly overturned his veto of legislation that requires the state to score transportation projects before choosing which plans to fund, the Republican governor has embarked on a three-day tour of Eastern Maryland, partly to visit jurisdictions that benefit from his latest decisions.

MAKING MARYLAND BIZ-FRIENDLY: In an effort to attract more businesses to the state, Gov. Larry Hogan has established a new task force to market Maryland as a business-friendly state. The Maryland Public-Private Partnership Marketing Corp., known as P3, will work with the state’s Department of Commerce to drive “branding and marketing efforts to attract businesses, create jobs and grow the state’s economy,” according to the economic development agency, writes Jonathan Munshaw for the Baltimore Business Journal.