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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.

1ke January 31, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Oh, that is undoubtedly true. Would you like to look still more deeply into incarceration rates? That was not my point. You may have another point weighing heavily on your thinking. My point is that we have situation that will cost more tax dollars any way you cut it.
1ke January 31, 2013 at 02:36 AM
I am trying very hard to stay on topic here. You with me, buddy? I mean we are all buddies here. Right, Mr. Sears?
1ke January 31, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Bryan P. Sears 4:10 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Some rational discussion minus the name calling would be a refreshing change. Anyone want to try it? Cat's away, hunh?
kevin January 31, 2013 at 05:20 AM
follow the constitution and allow us to carry guns. That simple.How about we wait for Mr. Gansler to win a case about permits before enforcing ones the courts have ruled against.Come on Steve and Da boys earn your money spread that liberal BS you get paid for .
Steve January 31, 2013 at 05:37 AM
"follow the constitution and allow us to carry guns." Ain't going to happen. Young v. Hawaii pretty much sealed that fate. "May Issue " is allowable under the Constitution.
Chris W January 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Your selective moral outrage is a hoot. Lets not have any name calling... But childish schoolyard taunts are just fine..
Chris W January 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Interesting article on CNN about how the mentally ill are ale to buy guns. http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/30/health/mental-illness-guns/index.html?iid=article_sidebar Here is a relavent quote. "The system is only as good as the data. And "the data is the real problem," said Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization whose recent in-depth study found millions of mental health records were missing from the federal background check system." So the existing law are not being used to stop guns from getting into the Hands of the mentally ill, then Democrats stamp their feet and say we have to do more. More hastily prepared and poorly implemented measures will not have any real effect.
ER January 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Hey steve thats really stupid! You know many people are just tired of every item thats purchased its taxed to the hilt with no end of tax cost in sight. This state is so expsense to live in becuae of the highest tax base, next to NY state in the union. Tell everyone Steve what do you have to show for your hard work, except higher taxes to pay for more welfare and illegal aliens.
Sanchez January 31, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Can't get more than one sentence.
Sanchez January 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM
38% of all homicides in the US is 2011 were perpetrated by less than 7%of the population. 50% of all homicide victims are from 12% of the population. Why is this not in this national discussion on gun crime? This shows that the national discussion is not about gun violence as much as it is about infringing more on the rights the government did not give us so they cannot take it away. If they COULD have they would have banned the sale of full auto firearms in 1934, they didn't. They created a licensing scheme so as to not violate the Constitution.
Sanchez January 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM
That case only effects Mr Young and has zero relevance in Maryland or anywhere beside in Hawaii.
Sanchez January 31, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Young v. Hawaii was a District Court case, Heller is a SCOTUS case, so you are wrong as usual. Noting more than one sentence eh?
Sanchez January 31, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Surrender and fold.
Sandra James January 31, 2013 at 11:58 PM
As a life long citizen of the state of Maryland (Montgomery County), I chose to leave the county in September as I can no longer stand to see the demise of a once beautiful environment that has gone to the trash. I can honestly say that I am not interested in further "choices" that Gov. O'Malley (and the Lt. Govenor), only to leave our state once and for all. You've both have done enough damage. Just go, please.
Carol February 01, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Right on Sandra!
Steve February 01, 2013 at 11:40 PM
How did the Heller case affect your right to carry a firearm in public in Maryland?
Sanchez February 02, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Apparently it effected the judge's decision in Woolard which found Maryland's "good and substantial" clause to be unconstitutional.
Steve February 02, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Okay so strap your Manmaker on your hip and waddle around the Inner Harbor. Let us know how you make out.
Penelope Patch February 03, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Sandra, I agree with you. Did you hear some of the speech O'Malley gave recently? He sounds downright creepy.
Chris W February 03, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Those who are unarmed in the inner harbor are probably in the minority. quick thought on gun control. I listened to some of the discussion before the judiciary committee on Wednesday. The Police chief from Baltimore (not sure if it was city or county) Made the case like many here that bans in DC and Chicago have been ineffective because people just cross the border any buy guns elsewhere. Before some of the recent changes in state drug laws, we had a complete ban on Cocaine, Heroine, Marijuana, etc. How hard is it to find illegal drugs in this country. What makes people think that banning guns, or certain types of guns will be successful?
1ke February 03, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I guess you won't be visiting us, Chris W. Guns, hopefully, are not addictive substances with markets that stretch in one form or another into antiquity. If they are--and the post in another forum where some yahoo attests to owning 85 guns indicates that they are for some folks-- we need to start doing some house to house searches. Ummm, I guess that is what the subpoenas were about.
Sanchez February 03, 2013 at 03:12 PM
"we need to start doing some house to house searches. " Screw the Constitution! Who needs those protections from the tyrants?
Sanchez February 03, 2013 at 03:18 PM
PBS FRONTLINE on where criminals acquire their firearms. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/guns/procon/guns.html "An expert on crime gun patterns, ATF agent Jay Wachtel says that most guns used in crimes are not stolen out of private gun owners' homes and cars. "Stolen guns account for only about 10% to 15% of guns used in crimes," Wachtel said. Because when they want guns they want them immediately the wait is usually too long for a weapon to be stolen and find its way to a criminal." "Wachtel says one of the most common ways criminals get guns is through straw purchase sales. " "The next biggest source of illegal gun transactions where criminals get guns are sales made by legally licensed but corrupt at-home and commercial gun dealers. Several recent reports back up Wachtel's own studies about this, and make the case that illegal activity by those licensed to sell guns, known as Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs), is a huge source of crime guns and greatly surpasses the sale of guns stolen from John Q. Citizen. " Everything the civil rights deniers are attempting have little effect on where the criminal acquires their firearms. The proposed laws only affect the law abiding which is the desired result.
Sanchez February 03, 2013 at 03:24 PM
http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/fuo.pdf "Among prisoners who carried a firearm during the offense for which they were serving time in 1997, 14% had bought or traded for the gun from a store, pawnshop, flea market, or gun show. The 1997 percentage who had acquired their firearm at a retail outlet represented a significant drop from 21% in 1991. The percentage of inmates receiving their gun from family or friends rose from 34% in 1991 to 40% in 1997." "Less than 2% of inmates reported carrying a fully automatic or military-style semiautomatic firearm. Fewer than 1 in 50 State and Federal inmates used, carried, or possessed a military-style semiautomatic gun or a fully automatic gun during their current offense (table 2). These guns, as used in the questions and definitions for the personal interviews with prison inmates, include the following:" "Of inmates who carried a firearm during their offense, 8 in 10 had a handgun" Going after long guns that look mean and nasty is a waste of resources, time and effort and is only more infringement on our civil rights.
Sanchez February 03, 2013 at 03:32 PM
http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/WP-Tough-Targets.pdf When Criminal Face Armed Resistance From Citizens "The National Survey of Private Ownership of Firearms found approximately 1.5 million defensive gun uses per year ." "Many defensive gun uses never make the news. After all, “Man Scares away Burglar, No Shots Fired” is not particularly newsworthy."
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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