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.

Assateague Island National Seashore website

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.

Don Rush

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