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Articles

Governor Hogan Highlights Efforts to Support Those Affected by Shutdown

Governor Hogan addresses members of the press at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Thursday.

January 24, 2019 - BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

Governor Hogan met with employees of the TSA, Homeland Security, and federal air marshals at every check point today at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. He praised their dedication while acknowledging their concern about the future, adding "They know that the jobs they're doing...they know they're protecting people's lives."

The governor then joined Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn, Secretary of General Services Ellington Churchill, Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Administrator Kevin Quinn, and Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) CEO Ricky Smith to thank public, private, and nonprofit partners for their contributions during the longest government shutdown in history, as well as to announce state-run initiatives to help the federal government employees working without pay.

Mr. Smith referred to Fraport and commended airport tenants such as Potbelly and Vino Volo for providing federal government employees with free and discounted meals; he thanked the Maryland Food Bank, the Anne Arundel County Food Bank, and the Capital Area Food Bank for their donations and contributions; and he praised the employees continuing to perform their duties the airport.

MAA CEO Ricky Smith commended the federal government employees reporting to work during the shutdown.

Governor Hogan added to the list by thanking entities such as BGE, Pepco, and Exelon for waiving late fees and working on a case by case basis with each government employee in need of assistance. He commented that MAPDA was providing parts free of charge and donating prepaid gas cards to those impacted by the shutdown, and he put out the call to all private sector partners to step up and do what they can, even if it is simply waiving late fees, reminding them that they are helping "folks that are defending the security of this nation, and they're not getting paid."

Secretary Rahn joined the Governor in revealing the news that, effective January 25th, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) will waive the fees for all MTA services for federal employees reporting to work without pay during the shutdown. Any commuter displaying a federal ID will receive free transportation on the MARC, Commuter Bus and BaltimoreLink services, including: CityLink, LocalLink, Express BusLink, Light RailLink, and Metro SubwayLink.

The news was accopanied by the announcement that the Department of General Services has established a state-wide food bank collection system with 15 locations across Maryland. Upon completion of the food drive, all items collected will be delivered to local food banks.

Items most in need include canned meats, peanut butter and jelly, boxed pasta and sauce, healthy snacks (breakfast bars, dried fruit), cereal, soups/canned meals, baby food, Ensure and other nutritional supplements. Additionally, gift cards for grocery stores and gas will also be accepted. 

Items may be dropped off at the following locations:

  • 301 W. Preston St. (Baltimore)
  • 300 W. Preston St. (Baltimore)
  • 201 W. Preston St. (Baltimore)
  • 310 Saratoga St. (Baltimore)
  • 6 St. Paul (Baltimore)
  • Maryland State House (Annapolis)
  • 29 St. John (Annapolis)
  • 580 Taylor Ave. (Annapolis)
  • 100 Community Place (Annapolis)
  • 7800 Harkins Rd (Lanham)
  • 191 E. Jefferson St. (Rockville)
  • 200 Duke St. (Prince Frederick)
  • 36 W. Antietam St. (Hagerstown)
  • 170 E. Main St. (Elkton)

 

More information about MDHelps can be found HERE.