Friday Five | May 6, 2022

A recap of this week’s top-five news items and resources from the intersection of business and government.


1. Hogan pitches new path for GOP at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

On Tuesday evening, Governor Hogan delivered a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, pitching his vision of cross-party appeal as the only way forward for the GOP. He argued that Republicans are desperately in need of a course correction and a more hopeful leader, positioning himself as that potential candidate in 2024.

“This is a fight for America’s future, and that is a fight worth fighting for,” said Hogan during his speech. “There is a better path forward if we only we have the courage to seize it.”

Hogan argued that voters want someone who offers a positive vision and that delivers results and used the opportunity to highlight his success in appealing to Maryland’s Democrats and Independents, as well as gaining support from suburban women and Asian, Latino and Black voters. In February Hogan announced he would not run for the U.S. Senate, instead, he said he plans to “run through the tape” during his time in Annapolis before he decides on whether to run for president in the upcoming election.

Read the full story here.


2. Hogan appoints new member to Public Service Commission

On Tuesday, Governor Hogan appointed Patrice M. “Patty” Bubar to the five-member Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC), replacing retiring Mindy L. Herman. The MPSC regulates electric and gas utilities and suppliers, telephone companies, water and sewer companies, taxicab companies and bay pilot rates. Bubar’s first day at the commission will be May 18. She brings with her extensive expertise from serving as deputy director of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and holding other senior positions at federal cabinet-level and independent regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Read the full story here.


3. EPA announces $40M to help restore Chesapeake Bay

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that $40 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in November will be used to restore the Chesapeake Bay. The new funding will help support ready-to-go projects throughout the 64,000-square-mile bay watershed and support farm-based actions to improve local rivers and streams in locations most beneficial to the downstream Chesapeake Bay. Overall, the Chesapeake Bay region is expected to receive $238 million over five years under the infrastructure law.

Read the full story here.


4. More than $166M in state funds to go to revitalize Inner Harbor atttractions

Maryland state officials announced last week that more than $166 million in state funding would be invested in a comprehensive and ambitious effort to revitalize downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor. During the announcement, Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson called the investment transformative, historic and necessary to revitalize some of the anchor institutions that are the heart and soul of the state.

“This is a crucial, crucial moment for the city,” Ferguson said. “We are at a crossroads. And now we are making the decision to invest further, to believe in the potential of this city and this downtown.”

Funding would go toward some of the Inner Harbor’s most high-profile attractions, including the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

To view the full list of planned spending, click here.


5. Complying with Maryland’s New Employment Laws

ICYMI: Last week, our Government Affairs Associate Maddy Voytek joined Shawe Rosenthal attorneys Fiona W. Ong and Parker E. Theoni to discuss Maryland’s new employment laws and provide guidance on complying and obligations associated with:

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