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O'Malley to Focus on 'Choices' in State of the State

Gov. Martin O'Malley will reflect on the effects of the policy decisions he's made since being elected in 2006.

The word of the day is "choice."

Gov. Martin O'Malley will give his seventh State of the State speech at noon on Wednesday. The focus of his address will be the choices state government has made during his terms in office, according to portions of the speech released by his office.

"When the national recession hit—wiping out jobs and revenues all across our country—other states tried to cut their way to prosperity. Many found this only made things worse. Laying off police officers, fire fighters and teachers, cutting public education, hiking up college tuition by double digits every single year, continuing down the merry path of cutting taxes for the very wealthy, hoping against cruel experience that somehow it would trickle down to the rest of their citizens."

"But in Maryland, we made better choices," O'Malley is expected to say, according to the prepared text.

The governor will focus on efficiencies in government over the last few years as well as more than $8 billion in reductions to expected spending made since 2007.

"Knowing that we could not cut our way to prosperity, we balanced record budget cuts with modern investments; investments in the very priorities that create jobs and expand opportunity: educating, innovating, and rebuilding for a better economic future," according to O'Malley's prepared text.

"These are the choices which enable us to invest in a stronger and better future: more job creation, more opportunity, and a stronger, growing middle class.

"Better choices. Better results. The proof is in our progress," O'Malley said in his prepared remarks.

Chris W February 03, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Fifa, The country is still center to center right.. The issue is that even people slightly right of center recognize crazy when they see it and some of the far right folks are just that, crazy. That combined with a candidate that had the personality of a lemon spelled doom. It's also hard to get support for the 49% of people on the take. Democrats win by bribery, plain and simple. Vote for me and get your free "Obama phone" Republicans are also masters at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Take the Fiscal cliff. There was a deal on the table last summer that would have cut three dollars for every dollar in revenue increased. The far right dug in their heels and said no taxes. The far right was happy with congress, but they sat out the election because they did not trust Romney. Now we will get the taxes but not the cuts. because the momentum shifted. I do get a kick out of your moral outrage over congress and what you see as gerrymandering keeping the house Republican. A bit ironic coming from a liberal in Maryland that has done the exact same thing with great success.
1ke February 03, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Flooding.
1ke February 03, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Sounds like the manufacture and sale of handguns needs to be restricted.
Kongo February 03, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Scared, Ike? There's nothing more dangerous than a hospice dweller and his wet diapers.
1ke February 04, 2013 at 04:25 AM
No fear, no paranoia. Super Bowl Champs. I get a kick out of how worked up you and your pals get over your teabagging politics and your peashooters. Patriot Buck. JoeBlob, B.O., Lorna Doom.

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