Governor’s State of the State speech

The text of Gov. Hogan’s State of the State is here, including a warning that we “face an $18.7 billion unfunded pension liability” among other serious fiscal and economic challenges, which apparently was not what some incumbent lawmakers wanted to hear. Richard Vatz gives the speech high marks. Middle-of-the-road political analyst Todd Eberly, while liking the substance, thinks Gov. Hogan should have led off with a more conciliatory tone, but says what’s “downright ridiculous” is the overwrought reaction of leading Maryland Democrats and their allies, which “really shows how coddled the establishment has been in this state.”

Part of that ridiculous reaction: Senate Democrats, including Sen. Nathaniel McFadden (D-Baltimore) and Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Silver Spring), are showing their displeasure by holding up uncontroversial cabinet nominees just because they can. So mature of them!

P.S. I’m not the only one who thinks leading Democrats overplayed their hand in their reaction to the speech. The editorialists at the Baltimore Sun think so too.

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One response to “Governor’s State of the State speech

  1. Ken Stevens

    What we have here is politics! Gov. Hogan loaded the budget bill with his politics because he can and Democrats are responding to his political views because they can. Big deal! Hogan has made it clear that he has little regard for our public schools and none for the separation of church and state by letting it be known that he plans to push for more aid than he already put into the budget bill for somebody’s private and religious schools. That’s on top of his plans to facilitate charter schools in some unknown way. From my perspective and that of some Democrats, his priorities with regard to education are upside down.
    Then there are his supposedly non-controversial cabinet nominees. I’d say a nominee for head of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene whose voting record as a delegate expressed opposition to a woman’s right to control her own reproductive processes was at least a little controversial. I’m talking about Van Mitchell here. And a couple of his other cabinet nominees (Bartenfelder and Owings) appear to be little more than political cronies. Regardless of their party registration, none of the above-mentioned three are moderates and none of them deserves a fast track rubber stamp on the Senate floor without a discussion of their merits.

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