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February 3, 2011

O'Malley to address state lawmakers today

Gov. Martin O'Malley will speak to Maryland's 188 lawmakers and an audience of state dignitaries and citizens at noon today, delivering his fifth State of the State address.

O'Malley, a Democrat elected to his second term in November, spoke at his inaugural event about two weeks ago, and his remarks today are expected to hit many familiar themes, aides say. He called for unity in financially difficult times that have left the state with billion-dollar deficits at the beginning of each year. Campaign slogans "moving Maryland forward" and "one Maryland" also may return today.

The governor will no doubt highlight his legislative priorities, including pension reform, preparations for federal health care reform and Invest Maryland. But he may also set goals for his entire second term.

Del. Jeannie Haddway-Riccio, an Eastern Shore Republican in her first year as House minority whip, will provide the GOP response. Haddaway-Riccio said she would discuss points of agreement between the governor and the minority party but will also note many contrasts in policy choices.

Check The Sun's home page for links to video feeds of both speeches as they are aired. Haddaway-Riccio's is being taped earlier and will air on Maryland Public Televsion and other stations after O'Malley's address.

Last year, the governor hammered on job creation, mentioning the word "jobs" about 30 times. He also infused the speech with lofty lines such as this one: "... A dark thing that has penetrated deep into our collective soul ... that somehow we are destined to decline, backslide and fail."

Republicans reacted with skepticism in their response speech and follow-up interviews.

"There seemed to be a disconnect with sincerity and a disconnect with reality," said Del. Anthony J. O’Donnell, the House of Delegates minority leader. "People have struggled mightily over the past three or four years, as he has raised every kind of tax imaginable. And now he wants sympathy and to form some kind of bond with those people?"

Check out the rest of our O'Malley State of the State retrospective. It contains links to each of his addresses.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 6:00 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Martin O'Malley


How many times will he utter "tough choices?"

"... A dark thing that has penetrated deep into our collective soul ... that somehow we are destined to decline, backslide and fail."

What the hell do thisto mean-then and now?

Dang, I'll miss it. I am going to the theater today to see "The King's Speech".

No point in watching that, I don't need to get frustrated over O'Malley's idiotic pandering to "New Americans" and how he's going to tax us into poverty instead of cutting spending from his programs.

o'mally stop spending .was that hard?? o"mally you spend money we don't have, did you go to college to learn this behavior???

Job creation is the job of business people, who respond to a demand created by free people, in an open society, if the government is trying to provide support why are they increasing the unemployement component of the payroll tax on Maryland's businesses from around 2% to 10%. I imagine that the only businesses that can afford it will be those able to acquire the jobs coming from BRAC who have the abilty to pursuade($) the contracts their way. All the rest of us will be forced to lay off people and down size or go under.

o'mally our roads are a mess you raise taxes just to pay old debt its not working , your a failure

o'mally maryland is worse off since you you were hired , you said there would be more jobs, less crime, roads and bridges repaired never happned, o'mally you are spending more then the state takes in stop the tax increase and spend in your budget like all americans do, its really not that hard o'mally stop spending what you do not have

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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