Annapolis, MD- Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12 p.m. to members of the Maryland General Assembly. Maryland State Governor Larry Hogan will deliver the first “State of the State” address of his second term. Governor Hogan was the first Republican re-elected in Maryland in over 200 years.

Below are excerpts of his prepared speech:

“We have spent the past four years working together to tackle our common problems by accepting our shared responsibility to solve them, and we have shown the rest of America that a divided government does not have to be a divisive government.”

“We found a way to disagree without being disagreeable. We stood side-by-side, our different views clearly acknowledged but not obstructing our path forward. We did our very best to put the people’s priorities ahead of the current national obsessions with partisanship while striving to change Maryland for the better.”

“These hard-pressed Marylanders deserve a break for a change. Now that we’ve created such an incredible economic turnaround in Maryland, we can afford this responsible, targeted tax relief. Let’s do the right thing and give some of this money back to the people who have worked so hard to help make it happen.”

“With the billions of dollars in historic state investment in our local school systems, Marylanders are demanding more accountability. This isn’t about politics – this is about our kids and their futures.”

“My experiences over the last four years have blessed me with optimism, not burdened me with dread. And I know from personal experience that hope – not fear – is the most powerful emotion and the author of humanity’s greatest achievements.”

“We have been standing up for that exhausted majority who are just sick and tired of all the angry and divisive politics. What they really want is for their elected officials in both parties to put an end to this culture of intolerance, intimidation, and inaction and just get to work and get things done.”

“Let’s keep changing Maryland for the better and continue setting an example for Washington, so that America can once again set an example for the world.”

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...