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Governor Hogan Invests in Tourism and the Arts


Governor Larry Hogan released the FY 2019 budget proposal showing continued support for tourism and the arts while responsibly holding the line on spending without raising taxes, cutting services, or raiding special funds. The Governor proposed an increase of $1 million to raise the Maryland Tourism Development Board allocation to $9.25 million in General Funds and for the Office of Tourism Development (OTD) $3.575 million in General Funds. The Governor’s FY 2019 budget also includes $20.7 million for the Maryland State Arts Council, which provides grants, technical assistance, and other support services for the arts. The Governor’s budget process is not complete until April 7, 2018 when the legislative session comes to a close. The budget will be reviewed by the House Education and Economic Development Subcommittee on March 1 at 1:00 p.m. and by the Senate Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee on March 2 at 11:30 a.m. To read about Governor Hogan’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget, please click here.