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Hogan Endorsed by Md. Farmer PAC

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DAVIDSONVILLE, Md.- Maryland Farm Bureau's bipartisan Political Action Committee said it has endorsed Larry Hogan for Governor.

“It's time for a change of direction in Maryland,” said PAC Chair Pam Saul. “Farmers from across the state believe Larry Hogan's campaign for lower taxes, smaller government and job creation is what our state needs in the years ahead.”

On her farm in Montgomery County, Pam Saul has struggled with the increasing tax burden of the current administration. “The sales tax, the rain tax and higher registration fees for our vehicles have driven the cost of running our farm business through the roof,” she explained. “I hear similar stories from farmers and small business owners everywhere.”

During his recent address to the Maryland Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Larry Hogan outlined his call for fiscal restraint and for a new policy direction at the State House. He acknowledged the significant regulatory burden already carried by farmers and pledged to lead Maryland in a more “business friendly” direction.

“Larry Hogan's philosophies are in line with Maryland Farm Bureau policy,” said Chuck Fry, Maryland Farm Bureau President. “From lower taxes to fair and effective Bay clean-up efforts, Larry Hogan's leadership would bring positive change to our state.”

On his farm in Dorchester County Bill Edwards raises bison. But as a member of the Maryland Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of MFB PAC, he represents the farmers from the lower Eastern Shore at many state meetings.

“Poultry and grain farmers in my area of the state are begging for new leadership in Annapolis,” he said. “The current administration's effort to restrict the use of organic fertilizer through the PMT regulation threatens the entire economy of our region. It is unnecessary. Farmers are on track to meet our clean up goals without the PMT,” said Edwards. “We hope new leaders in Annapolis will take into consideration the economic impact of their actions before moving forward.”

The mission of the Maryland Farm Bureau is to promote and protect Maryland agriculture and rural life. MFB is a private, non-profit membership organization that is financed by voluntary membership dues. Its strength comes from the active participation of over 36,000 member families that belong to the state's 23 county Farm Bureaus.

The Maryland Farm Bureau PAC is non-partisan. The endorsement process is intended to draw attention to farm issues in an election year, increase voter turnout and build a stronger relationship between local farmers and their elected officials. Much of the direction for the endorsement decisions comes from county Farm Bureaus.

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