Category Archive:State of the State 2012
At a time of difficult trade offs and decisions. We are all integral parts in our overall progress. There are not easy decisions. We must depend on the truth in our own hearts. There is something that stirs with each of us. When we talk to a family who has a job, who has saved their home from foreclosure, it is the same feeling we all saw in the eyes of native children. These children were native Marylanders and recognized for the first time in 380 years. There are many who will ask why the long time?
May the choices we make for human dignity, for jobs, for the generations that count on ours for a better future.
This state was founded on freedom of choice and conscience. Children of gay couples should have the same rights for marriage as the children for traditional marriage. Maryland will not force religious organizations to marry couples that are against their beliefs. It is time to pass civil marriage equal rights under the law.
We are going to be submitting 700 pages of rules and regulations for reform or removal. This government has settled with excelon. They will build a new gas fired power plant. They will create 6k new jobs. Maryland is looking at more green projects. Large scale housing septic developments cause more than 6 times the pollution into the bay than sewage. The septic task force has presented a plan that will help solve this issue.
This is a jobs budget. 52k jobs for modern schools, infrastructure. We must bear these costs for our state’s future. This budget invest in 78k teaching jobs, 11k jobs of building real classrooms, 19k record procurement, 7k jobs from venture capital jobs, Various jobs related to building various infrastructure projects all over the state. Areas covered are law enforcement, higher education, utility, healthcare, utilities. These must be balanced with cuts, revenue, and partnerships. We have relied almost entirely on cuts. With 84% dedicated to education and public safety, cuts are nearing the end. Revenues must be raised.
Pensions should be aligned with other states. Maryland is proposing a 50/50 split for teacher pensions between state and counties. How much less public safety and education are we willing to accept? Green upgrades have greatly helped the bay. The flush tax should be reworked to a fee based system based on usage.
Transportation funding needs to be increased. Our traffic is some of the worst in the nation. Gasoline is our primary transporation revenue. Tax is still 20 cents from 1992. if we settle for 1992 tax rate we will have to settle for 1992 infrastructure. Best way to fund current costs is to repeal the sales tax exemption at 2% per year. Nobody is going to do this for us..we must do it.
College is more affordable and healthcare is more affordable. Maryland is number 1 in the nation for the 4th year in a row. Teachers have been the driving force of this performance. Colleges are graduation 19% more students than last year. Failing to invest in out future is not a wise choice.
Nothing more important for family security is a job. State of state is strong on jobs. Moving into new era of job creation from Bush era recession. Maryland in the lead by harnessing education, making higher education more affordable, modernizing infrastructure. More Marylanders are working this year than last. Small Business are also moving to Maryland with the support of various state gov’t programs. Home foreclosures are down due the state’s hope hotline. This hotline saved a daycare form foreclosure as an example. Investing in one stop centers has helped citizens retrain into new fields that has led to new jobs for citizens.
Unemployment is still to high. Good enough is not the way. Shortsighted choices have undercapitilized our busineses. Last year good choices hae allowed maryland to create more jobs at a faster pace than Virginia. Maryland has a AAA bond rating form all three bond agencies.
College is more affordable and healthcare is more affordable.
He thanks God for our people and state beauty and for our armed forces and their and their families sacrifices.
Thanks legislative leaders for their work at all levels. Thanks law enforcement for lowest crime in 30 years. Thanks foreign visitors and state cabinet for their attendance and in the case of the cabinet for their good work so far.
Gov. O’Malley is now at the head of the chamber to begin his address.
Tax Increases, Same-Sex Marriage, “Green Wind Energy”, Shifting Teacher Pensions, Job Creation.
My Facebook thread is going to get busy as well as other outlets that get this feed. I’m going to post the Governor’s speech. This is totally my opinion in this feed.