Martin O`Malley in 2014 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Corporations: Maryland is #1 in businesses owned by women

Seven years ago, we were failing to live up to our state's full potential. Seven years later, we are not just One Maryland. By many measures, we are Number One Maryland: Seven years ago--in response to the desires of our people-- we set out to govern in a fundamentally different way: Setting goals. Measuring performance. Hitting deadlines. Getting Results. Making the work of progress visible for you to see, and for me to see.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature Jan 23, 2014

On Crime: Repealed death penalty; reduced prison incarceration

Today, with courageous law enforcement officers, we have now reduced violent crime to 30 year lows. With our first responders, shock trauma doctors and nurses, traffic deaths have been reduced now to the lowest levels in decades.

We enacted common sense measures to reduce gun violence. We repealed the death penalty and replaced it with life without the possibility of parole. And there are now fewer people incarcerated in Maryland's prisons today than at any time since 1994.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature Jan 23, 2014

On Environment: Passed milestone of preserving 1 million acres of open space

We are making our air and our waters cleaner. We have planted more trees on public lands in the last seven years than ever before. More farmers are now planting cover crops to reduce nutrient runoff than ever before. To protect our farmlands, our forests and our open space for the future, this year Maryland passed the milestone of preserving 1 million acres for our children's future.

Together, we have taken the strongest actions in decades to make the Chesapeake Bay cleaner and healthier; strong actions that are restoring our menhaden, our blue crab, and our oyster populations.

And we are leading the states of our Bay watershed in cleaning up the Chesapeake--consistently meeting our two-year milestones, allowing less nitrogen and phosphorus to pollute our Bay today than seven years ago. Measurable progress, by our hands, in our time, for the long term restoration of the Bay.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature Jan 23, 2014

On Families & Children: Cut infant mortality by 21%, after setting goal of 10%

Today in Maryland, you can go online right now, and see the 16 strategic goals we have set for our State's progress. On some of these, we've already exceeded our initial goals. On others, we're making progress. Progress requires accountability. But accountability means putting your commitment out there, for all of us to know and see, and hopefully to help drive.

One example: In 2007, one of the goals we publicly set was to drive down our infant mortality rate by 10%, by the end of 2012. A lot of people told us at the time not to make the commitment public. You see, the old way of thinking says elected officials should never set measurable goals with deadlines, because you'll be criticized if you fall short.

We chose a different path. We set real goals with specific, and more immediate, deadlines. By the way, at the end of 2012, together we had driven down Maryland's infant mortality rate--not by just 10%--but by 215. That means 164 lives saved just in 2012.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature Jan 23, 2014

On Local Issues: Recognized native Piscataway People after 350 years

We have come together, time and again, to protect the dignity of every Marylander. For the first time in 350 years, we have now officially recognized our brothers and sisters of the native Piscataway People.

Together, so that the children of New American immigrants, can realize their full potential, we passed the DREAM Act in Maryland. And, to protect the dignity of every child's home--and ensure equal rights under the law for all Marylanders--we passed Marriage Equality.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature Jan 23, 2014

On Tax Reform: Cut $9.1B spending with no fee nor tax increases

Think back: When we took office, Maryland had a $1.7 billion structural deficit. No sooner had we taken action together to address that deficit, than the recession hit. Our State revenues took a huge hit, right along with so many family incomes.

Since that time, the O'Malley-Brown Administration has used the challenge of these times to make our government more efficient, and more effective. We have cut spending by $9.1 billion dollars. Today, we now have the smallest executive branch since 1973--and the budget I presented to you last week puts us on a track to totally eliminate that structural deficit without the need for any new fees or taxes.

We remain one of only seven states that has maintained a triple-A bond rating all through the recession, and to this day. We have built up our Rainy Day Fund to $800 million dollars, and we have placed this year in our general reserve an operating surplus of $37 million dollars.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature Jan 23, 2014

On Welfare & Poverty: Move from welfare to work; & raise Earned Income tax credit

As One Maryland, we choose to move forward. Because progress is a choice. Together, here in Maryland:We, of course, are part of a larger national economy. And something is still very wrong. We've lost sight of how our economy works when it is working well. Prosperity doesn't trickle down from the top. It never has.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature Jan 23, 2014

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