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Updated: Hogan Announces More Administration Posts

Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Gov.-elect Larry Hogan on Tuesday continued to brace residents for difficult budget decisions next year due to a growing financial shortfall in Maryland, as he announced several more appointments to his administration.

The Republican said he is still reviewing budget problems he will be facing after he takes office Jan. 21, just two days before he must submit the state budget to the Maryland General Assembly. Hogan, who said he will cut spending to address a $1.2 billion hole over the next 18 months, campaigned almost entirely on economic issues. He said Maryland residents elected him to do tough budget work.

"It's the reason I'm governor and Anthony Brown is not," Hogan said, referring to his Democratic opponent in last month's election.

Hogan said he expects the state's budget problems to be the main focus of the upcoming legislative session, which starts Jan. 14.

"This is what we're going to have to focus on, and I hope that the leaders in the Legislature will agree," Hogan said.

Meanwhile, Hogan named Stephen Moyer as his choice to be secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Moyer served for 24 years with the Maryland State Police before retiring last year. Moyer also served as deputy secretary for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.

Hogan also named two men to posts they held during former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's tenure.

George Owings was chosen to be secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs. Owings held the post in Ehrlich's administration from 2004 to 2007.

Al Redmer was tapped to be Maryland's insurance commissioner. Redmer held that job during Ehrlich's administration, as well.

John Wobensmith has been selected by Hogan to be secretary of state.

The positions require Senate approval.

Hogan has been steadily filling out his cabinet. Several key jobs such as budget secretary and transportation secretary remain to be announced.

Hogan takes office Jan. 21.

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