Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday, the day before Veterans Day, that all veterans can now get in free to all of Maryland’s 72 state parks.
Previously, entry fees were waived for only active-duty military.
Residents and non-resident veterans will now gain free entry to parks managed by the state, including Assateague State Park on the Eastern Shore, Deep Creek Lake Park in Western Maryland and Sandy Point State Park in Anne Arundel County.
Hogan’s announcement follows his proposal Thursday to expand a tax credit that exempts veterans’retirement income from state taxes. That idea requires approval from the General Assembly, which two years ago passed a law exempting the first $10,000 of income. Hogan would like to exempt all pension income for military retirees.