Press Release - Office of the Governor January 23, 2008
Governor O'Malley Delivers 2008 State of the State Address
Focuses on Protecting
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 23, 2008) – Governor Martin O’Malley today delivered his second annual State of the State Address to the Maryland General Assembly focusing on the need to protect Maryland’s critical priorities – to strengthen and protect our middle class, to protect our commitment to improve public safety and public education in every region of our State, and to protect opportunity for the hard-working families of our State.
“The most important days in life are not always the easy days,” said Governor O’Malley in his address. “Time and again we have overcome challenges because of our respect for the dignity of every individual; because of our commitment to the common good; and because we have had the courage to protect our priorities especially when faced with great adversity.”
“For these reasons,
During his speech, Governor O’Malley focused on public safety outlining a new proposal to expand DNA fingerprinting for violent offenders and reform the Department of Juvenile Services. In his first year in office, Governor O’Malley closed
“One of our highest priorities this year will be to fight back against violent crime – wherever it occurs in
Governor O’Malley talked about the need to keep college tuition affordable for
“We can once again hold the line against the rising cost of college tuition,” Governor O’Malley said. “Hard-working families in
Governor O’Malley also outlined his FY 2009 budget priorities and this year’s legislative agenda. Earlier this month, Governor O’Malley unveiled the FY 2009 budget, which grows less than the Spending Affordability Limit set by the General Assembly, while also saving $739 million in the Rainy Day Fund balance by the close of FY 2009. Governor O’Malley also cut spending by $550 million – on top of the $280 million in reductions achieved last July.
The Governor spoke about the need to protect homeownership in
Governor O’Malley used the address to discuss accomplishments during his first year in office to make government work again. In his first year in office, Governor O’Malley implemented StateStat, a performance measurement system that makes government more efficient and accountable. Today, 13 different departments participate in performance measured government to improve efficiency and service delivery.
Governor O’Malley stressed the importance of protecting
“We need to update our Critical Areas Law so massive developments like the Four Seasons project on Kent Island should be prohibited at the first step in the process, not the last,” he said. “Last year, we vowed to use open space dollars for the purchase of open space. We started to apply performance measured management to the huge challenge of cleaning up the
He also asked for support of new legislation to promote Transit Oriented Development (TOD), a smart growth tool to revitalize communities and curb sprawl. The bill codifies TOD as a statewide transportation purpose and provides the legal framework and authority to advance TOD projects around the State. It will allow the Department of Transportation to designate TOD projects and use its property and resources to support mixed use and pedestrian friendly development around existing and future transit stations. In addition, Governor O’Malley vowed to take a number of efforts to secure fair and reasonable energy rates while also ensuring an adequate supply for our future.
Governor O’Malley vowed the importance of protecting
“I look forward to working with all of you, including members and leaders of the minority party in this chamber, and in local governments around our state, as we face the challenging times ahead,” he said.
“We know that