Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in his office in Annapolis on Aug. 18. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced plans to cut dozens of state agency fees by a combined $10 million a year, saying the changes would help families and businesses save money without negatively affecting public programs.

As part of the governor’s plan, the administration will eliminate or reduce more than 100 fees, including trimming a $15 to $25 charge for homeless identification cards to $1, lowering the cost of vehicle-emissions tests by $4 at the state’s new self-serve kiosks, and decreasing licensing fees for scores of industries ranging from veterinary medicine and car dealerships to food manufacturing and real estate.

Hogan (R) said none of the cuts will require legislative approval. He called on state lawmakers to make further reductions in areas where their approval would be needed.

“By allowing Marylanders to keep more of their hard-earned money rather than sending it to bureaucrats in Annapolis, they will have the chance to put those dollars back into our state’s economy,” he said.

Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery) questioned whether the cuts would significantly benefit working-class Marylanders. “The fees by and large that he’s cutting are business fees,” he said.

Hogan said the changes would not affect the operations of any state agency or department, adding that the state had been overcharging taxpayers for some programs.

“In many cases we saw that departments were simply collecting more than was needed,” the governor said. “In other areas, we saw the need to deliver relief.”

The changes are a fulfillment of promises Hogan made on the campaign trail last year, when he said he planned to revitalize Maryland’s economy and make the state an easier place to live and do business.

Earlier this year, he lowered tolls for roads and bridges throughout the state for the first time in more than 50 years, a move that accounts for roughly half of the $10 million in annual savings he touted Tuesday for Marylanders. He also eliminated the stormwater-remediation fees that the state required its largest jurisdictions to collect, and reduced taxes on military pensions, in addition to avoiding any tax increases during the last legislative session.

On Monday, Hogan took a swipe at the previous administration, saying former governor Martin O’Malley (D) cost the average Maryland family about $4,600 a year with 83 tax, toll and fee increases.

“Maryland simply could not compete with the other states in our region,” Hogan said.

The governor noted that the state ranked worst in the nation for job creation in 2011 — although that downturn followed a deep nationwide recession — and that it now ranks seventh for private-sector employment growth since January, based on the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Madaleno criticized Hogan for his remarks about the previous administration, describing them as unproductive.

“It’s sad that after nine months in office, his only vision for governing is to bad-mouth Martin O’Malley,” he said. “If he’s going to blame a predecessor, he should blame the one who is truly responsible for this approach [of adding new revenue through fees], and that would be the governor he served.”

Madaleno was referring to Hogan serving as appointments secretary for former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), who increased fees during his tenure but defended the move by saying people who use state programs and systems should directly pay for them.