Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday the reduction or elimination of 155 fees across state government that he said will save Marylanders $12 million a year.
“I’ve said repeatedly that once we get our spending under control and get our economy back on better footing, that we would begin to roll back as many tax, toll and fee increases as we possibly could,” Hogan said.
A few of the reductions announced Thursday will affect a significant number of Marylanders. They include a cut in the up-front fee for an E-ZPass transponder from $9 to $7.50, and another measure to give veterans half-price admission to state parks.
Most of the fees are for specialized permits or services, some related to business. For example, Hogan said the state is reducing fees for permits for portable lead paint analyzers, from $750 to $500; and is cutting the cost of a state health license for several types of food processing plants — including crab meat plants and shellfish shucking plants — from $400 to $300.