Hogan signs manufacturing tax credit, ethics reform | WYPR

Hogan signs manufacturing tax credit, ethics reform

Apr 11, 2017

Senate President Mike Miller (left), Gov. Larry Hogan (center) and House Speaker Michael Busch hold a ceremonial bill signing following the end of the 2017 General Assembly session.
Credit Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan signed more than 100 bills into law Tuesday morning at a ceremony with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller.

One of the bills gives tax benefits to manufacturing businesses that create jobs and offer job training opportunities in parts of the state with high unemployment, such as Baltimore City.

Ethics reform legislation signed Tuesday broadens what constitutes a conflict of interest for an elected official, among other things.

Hogan praised the General Assembly for working with him to pass these and other bills that were among his priorities.

“I believe this is how government is supposed to work,” he said. “We have disagreements, but we try to reach common ground and to make things happen and to get things done.”

The first bill signed Tuesday was initially part of a partisan fight. Hogan introduced it to repeal a law requiring the state Department of Transportation to rank projects slated for construction according to how well they meet certain goals. But the final version was a compromise that delays the system’s implementation while the state studies the effect the scores will have on major transportation projects.