tv Maryland State of the State CSPAN February 2, 2018 3:44am-4:09am EST
helps us identify his crimes as of -- as opposed to some else's, is that it usually happened at the intersection of two railroad tracks. and it at the intersection of two railroad tracks presumably because he knew he had to get out. after he committed his crime, he had to get out of town before don and he won to be stranded wait for a train to pop through. so at the intersection of multiple railroad tracks give him the opportunity to get out of town before his crime was discovered. 8:00 on c-span's q&a. >> redistricting by state democrats in 2011 was politically motivated. next, we take you to the state capital where republican governor larry hogan delivers the annual state of the state
address. gov. hogan: mr. speaker, mr. president, members of the general assembly, distinguished guests and fellow marylanders, three years ago when i first had the honor of standing before this assembly to report on the state of our state, maryland was at a critical turning point. our state economy was floundering and lagging behind the rest of the nation. maryland was losing businesses, jobs and taxpayers at an alarming rate. too many of our families and small businesses were struggling just to make ends meet. the people of maryland had become frustrated with politics as usual. our state was at a crossroads and we we faced a pivotal choice
between continuing in the same direction or putting maryland on a new and better path, and all of us had to make a choice between serving a political party or serving the people of maryland. one only needs look to washington to see the destruction that is caused when hyper-partisanship and inflammatory rhetoric through and he wrote it our our faith in the institutions of government. when i stood on the steps of this historic statehouse three years ago to give my inaugural address, i said that the politics that have divided our nation need not divide our state. and i warned against the wedged politics and rhetoric used to belittle our adversaries and to
inflame partisan divisions. i reminded marylanders that our state was better than that. our history proved that we were better. and for the last three years, we have been. we worked hard to usher in a new spirit of bipartisanship and to create an environment of trust and cooperation, where the best ideas rise to the top based upon their merit, regardless which side of the aisle they come from. i'm pleased to report today the state of our state is stronger than it has been in decades. we're forging an even stronger and brighter future for maryland. through internal struggles and outward chaos, we have not faltered. we have made progress with courage and with clarity of purpose, and our citizens are
more pleased with the job that we are doing and the direction that we are heading, then they have ever been before. [applause] together we have been doing what marylanders do best, we are leading by our actions and examples. and ladies and gentlemen, we cannot afford to turn back now. three years ago, our most pressing task was to grow the private sector, put more people to work, make maryland more competitive, and to turn our economy around. and that is exactly what we have done. [applause]
the day after i was sworn in, we submitted the first balanced budget in a decade, which eliminated nearly all of the $5.1 billion structural deficit which we inherited. we did it while cutting taxes three years in a row. [applause] [cheers] and we put all that money back into the pockets of hard-working marylanders, retirees and small businesses, and back into our growing economy which has helped us create an incredible economic resurgence for our state. businesses are now returning to and expanding in maryland once again.
we had the best year in maryland and the best year for job growth in a decade. we went from losing 100,000 jobs to gaining more than 110,000 jobs. [applause] we've had the fastest job growth in the mid-atlantic region and one of the strongest economic turnaround in america. [applause] maryland truly is open for business. we're forth among all 50 states for entrepreneurial growth, we have the second lowest percentage of people living below the poverty rate in the nation, and we have the highest median household income in america.
on growing jobs and our state economy, maryland is leading by action and example and we cannot afford to turn back now. [applause] this year, let's work together to protect hard-working marylanders from the impact that the federal tax overhaul will have on our local and state taxes. [applause] we may not be able to control what they do in washington, but we certainly can come together in annapolis to ensure that this money remains in the pockets of maryland's citizens where it belongs. [applause]
and we can protect marylanders from health insurance rate increases caused by the failures washington. let's develop bipartisan solutions to stabilize rates. last year, we worked together to enact the more jobs for marylanders act to encourage and incentivize manufacturers to create more jobs where we needed them the most. and we worked together to enact the hometown heroes act of 2017. this year, let's work to pass the more job for marylanders act 2.0 to expand the reach of this successful program to additional jurisdictions and other business sectors. let's expand the hometown heroes act to include correctional officers. and this year, let's finally move forward on our bill to eliminate taxes on the retirement income of military veterans. [applause]
we agree on providing paid sick leave for marylanders, but put aside the politics and work together to fix this legislation. don't let a bad bill kill good small businesses and jobs. with our proposal to provide tax incentives for small businesses to help offset the cost of providing these benefits for their employees. [applause] we don't want annapolis to become like washington where bad policy is passed with the promise that a fixed will come later.
this issue is much too important and the impact is too far-reaching to risk getting it wrong. for three straight years, we have delivered record investments in education. this year, let's continue that historic trend and do it for the fourth straight year. [applause] our budget provides the unprecedented $6.5 billion for k-12 education, which is more than the legislative formula called for. we ensured every single school system in maryland will receive increased funding from the state. our capital budget invest in additional $365 million for school construction funding, the largest investment in a decade. fully 70% of our capital budget is dedicated to education. let's ensure that every single child in maryland has access to
a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in. maryland is home to america's most educated workforce, with the highest concentration of doctoral scientists and engineers in the nation. we're third in the nation for research and development intensity. second among all 50 states for concentration of stem employment. and we were recently named the most innovative state in america. we are leading by action and example, and we cannot afford to turn back now. [applause] let's work together to pass the protect our students act, because the status quo simply is not good enough for maryland's children.
let's work together to make the schools more accountable by passing the accountability and education act of 2018. [applause] no child should have to pay the price of the mistakes of adults who have failed them, this is too important to play politics. this is about our children and their futures, it is about giving every maryland child opportunities and a hope for a better future. when it comes to rebuilding the transportation infrastructure, we are moving forward with nearly all of the highest priority transportation projects in every single jurisdiction all across maryland. we are making record investments for innovative traffic relief with major improvements to the baltimore beltway, i-95, the capital beltway, 270 and the baltimore-washington parkway. we have nearly 1000 projects totaling $9 billion currently
under construction, from one corner of the state to the other. and we have already repaved more than 8000 lane miles, more than one third of the entire state highway system. construction of the long anticipated purple line is underway, which represents the largest public transit project in america. we've been breaking records for three straight years. and bwi marshall has become the number one airport in the region and one of the most thriving airports in the nation. [applause] while on transportation infrastructure, maryland is leading by action and example and we cannot afford to turn back now. we have fully funded chesapeake and atlantic coastal bay's trust fund and open space.
[applause] we brought all the stakeholders together and hammered out a compromise that is one of the most significant initiatives to clean up the bay in a generation. as chairman of the executive council, i have been leading the fight to protect and restore federal funding for the bay, and our administration has committed $4 billion toward wide ranging initiatives to protect the bay. on its latest annual report card, chesapeake bay received its highest score in a quarter-century. we pushed landmark legislation to cement our state's position as a national and international leader to combat greenhouse gas emissions. we've expanded the climate change commission, enacted the clean water commerce act, clean cars act and other bills to
protect our environment and grow clean energy investment and we enacted clean-air standards, which are stronger than 48 other states and nearly twice as strong as the paris accord recommendations. [applause] when it comes to safeguarding our environment, maryland is leading by action and example and we cannot afford to turn back now. last year, opioid-related deaths exceeded deaths from firearms and motor vehicle fatalities combined. last march, we became the first state in the nation to declare a state of emergency in response to this crisis. we have committed half $1 we have committed half a billion dollars towards
fighting the disorders with a four-pronged approach focused on education, prevention, treatment, and enforcement. yet this problem is continuing to destroy lives and tear apart families and communities in our state and all across america. two weeks ago, i got a letter from karen, a mom from salisbury. she wrote about her son chad, a four-year veteran of the united states army who served a 15-month tour in iraq. when chad returned home, he struggled with presidentd is d addition -- ptsd and addiction. but then he gt clean and was turning his life around. i had the opportunity to meet chad when i spoke at his graduation from welding school. karen sent mea picture from
that day and i have it here with me today. in her letter karen wrote that on december 17, chad tragically after the age of 29 overdosing on hirn that was mixd with more fin and fentanyl. chad's mom karen and his family are here with us today and i ant to recognize them. [applause] >> it was tough for karen to be here today but she wanted to honor chad. she wanted to show us that when we talk about this crisis we are really talking about
fighting for all of the chads nd the karens out there. for all of the lives cut too short and all of the families that will never be the same. that is why no matter how hard it is we cannot ever give up this fight. [applause] we enacted tough anti-gang legislation including a new maryland rico statute. we formed a new maryland criminal intelligence network to assist police and prosecutors in going after and taking down the people who are responsible for so much of the violence in our state. this year let's crack down on
those violent criminals who use guns to commit crimes by passing tougher minimum sentences. [applause] and pass truth and sentencing legislation to require that repeat violent concerns serve heir full sentences. let's strengthen maryland's gang statutes and rico laws to help take down these drug-dealing criminal enterprises. work with us to classify felony human trafficking as a violent crime. and to finally pass the repeat
sexual predator prevention act and no rapist should be allowed to maintain parental rights and no victim should be forced to interact with her attacker. commend you for finally passing the rape survivor family protection act and it sign it into law the moment it reaches my desk. [applause] this year passed the transparency act so that maryland can join the 43 other states across america that require legislative deliberations to be live streamed to the pubbling and help us put the -- public and help us put the issue of term limits on the ballot for people to decide this issue for
themselves and in order to uphold the public trust to truly represent the interests of all the people that we were elected to serve let's put partisanship and self-interest aside and join together with the overwhelming majority of marylanders to end the practice of partisan jerry mannedering in maryland. [applause] instead of becoming more like washington, let's send a message to washington by putting the politics aside and coming together for all marylanders. on that snowy day three years ago just after i took the oath of afse i said to those who
would drive us to the extremes of either party let me remind you that maryland has always been a state of middle temperament. i asked that we seek that middle ground where we can all stand together. and ladies and gentlemen, over the past three years we have. together we have put maryland on a new and better path and we annot afford to turn back now. [applause] let's keep moving forward. let's continue changing maryland for the better. thank you. god bless you. and may god continue to bless the great state of maryland. thank you. [applause] >> the people who are getting