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It will cost more for someone to get into the Assateague Island National Seashore next month.

WBOC reports that starting May 1st the per person entrance will now be $10.

Other fees will remain the same.

But beginning January 1st 2020 the entrance fee will rise to $15 per person while per vehicle cost will rise to $25.

In addition, the motorcycle fee will cost $20 and an annual pass will be $45.

At least 80 percent of the money will be funneled back into Assateague Island National Seashore.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Convicted felons in Delaware have one fewer hurdle to jump before having their voting rights restored.

State lawmakers last month approved a bill that allows felons to vote before they have paid all fines, fees and restitution.

Gov. Jack Markell who included the proposal in his State of the State address in January, planned to sign the legislation Wednesday at the Achievement Center in Wilmington.

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Casino revenues may be up but Ocean Downs is not bringing in the kind money that had been hoped for when slots got approved.

It only brought in $56 million in revenue providing only $27 million in taxes and fees.

When the green light was given in 2009 to build the casino it was supposed to rake in $97 million by 2013 with $65 million going to the state and local governments.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the casino has only been able to hire half of the workforce that had been projected.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is cutting fees.

He announced that he would be slashing and in some cases eliminating 155 of them across the state.

WBOC reports that these would range from cutting replacement birth and death certificate and child support collection fees to the cost of E-ZPass transponders and admission to state parks for veterans.

In addition, $15 million would cut from the surcharge on phone bills.

Last year the governor cut tolls by $270 million and $50 million in other fees.


Smaller companies in the exploding fantasy sports industry say they could be shut out of doing business in some states by legislation that is actually intended to recognize the games' legality.

Their concern is the ability to pay fees states are charging for the right to offer the games. Virginia's governor signed a bill this month that authorizes fantasy contests but requires operators to pay a $50,000 annual registration fee to the state.


Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced $51 million over the next five years in the reduction or the elimination of state agency fees.

The governor said that the state agencies were asked to carry out a review of their departments and they found 100 fees that could be reduced or eliminated.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports this included a cut in the E-ZPass maintenance fee and elimination of a $725 adoption application fee.

Another 115 animal health diagnostic fees were also cut or eliminated.

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It’s going to get little more expensive to get into the Assateague Island National Seashore.  

The annual entrance fee will go up by $10 to $40 in January of next year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the park decided to delay the hike during the summer months even though the cost of running the park has gone up.

Meanwhile, entrance fees will go up from $15 per vehicle to $20 on July 15th while motorcycles will increase from $10 to $15.

Pedestrians will still get in for free.

Camping fees are also going up as well as ranger led kayak programs.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing a state operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that is 3 percent higher than this year's budget and includes a pay raise for Delaware's state government workers.

The budget increase Markell proposed on Thursday is only slightly smaller than the 3.5 percent budget growth he proposed last year for the current budget.

Markell is asking lawmakers to approve a $3.83 billion operating budget for fiscal 2015.

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Starting July 1 Wicomico County restaurant inspections, building permits and some other health department services will be getting more expensive.

The County Council voted 4-to-3 for hikes in the fees that have not seen an increase for seven years.

These services range from public pool license and septic installations to permits for wells and sewage disposal systems.

Council President Matt Holloway, who supported the fee increase, told WBOC that he blamed unfunded mandates handed down by the state but added that the hikes seemed fair