Maryland Governor Hogan’s State of the State Address

What They Are Saying: Governor Hogan’s State of the State Address “Calls for Bipartisanship,” “Lamented ‘Broken and Toxic Politics,” “Highlighted a Year of Challenges and Accomplishments”

ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Hogan’s State of the State Address  “Calls for Bipartisanship,”  “Lamented ‘Broken and Toxic Politics,”  “Highlighted a Year of Challenges and Accomplishments”

The Hill:  “Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R ) on Wednesday lamented ‘broken and toxic politics’ within the United States and said the country was ‘bitterly divided’ during his final State of the State address.” (Caroline Vakil,  “Hogan in final State of the State address bemoans ‘toxic politics,’” The Hill, 2/3/22)

The Baltimore Sun:  “He echoed his campaign theme by repeating how his team has ‘changed Maryland for the better’ in areas that include education, health care, the environment, and roads and transit.” (Pamela Wood and Bryn Stole,  “In State of the State speech, Maryland Gov. Hogan urges ‘we must all learn to live with the virus,’” Baltimore Sun, 2/2/22)

Associated Press:  “The governor outlined the variety of steps his administration has taken to fight COVID-19, ‘bringing to bear the entire arsenal of government and public health,’ and improving health metrics in the state after the surge of the omicron variant.” (Brian Witte,  “Hogan discusses COVID-19, crime, tax relief, police support.” Associated Press, 2/2/22)

WBFF:  “Hogan highlighted a year of challenges and accomplishments, touting economic growth and efforts to ramp up testing and vaccinations…His final message:  ‘Let’s finish the work we started together.’” (Rielle Creighton,  “Governor Larry Hogan delivers final State of the State Address.” WBFF, 2/2/22)

WJZ:  “Hogan stood firm on not letting the pandemic continue to interrupt daily life while continuing to follow data and science….The governor closed his speech by calling for bipartisanship in the state.” (Staff, “Gov. Larry Hogan Pushes Legislative Agenda, Calls For Bipartisanship In Final State Of The State Address.” WJZ, 2/2/22)

WJLA:  “’He said he changed Maryland for the better by fiscal challenges head-on, easing tax burdens, creating jobs, investing in education, protecting health coverage and lowering insurance rates.” (Staff, “’We changed Maryland for the better’:  Gov. Larry Hogan in final state-of-the-state address.” WJLA, 2/2/22)

WMAR:  “In addition to the pandemic, the governor discussed violent crime, tax relief and the need for bipartisanship during the legislative session.” (Staff, “Gov. Hogan delivers final State of the State address.” WMAR, 2/3/22)

WFMD:  “But with all the success in bringing the COVID pandemic in Maryland under control, Hogan said his administration has made progress in turning around Maryland’s fiscal situation.”  (Staff, “Governor Hogan Says He’s Changed Maryland For The Better Over His Two Terms In Office.” WFMD, 2/2/22)

Maryland Matters:  “Speaking virtually from the historic Old Senate chamber in the State House, Hogan made repeated use of the campaign slogan — ‘Change Maryland’ — that propelled him to an upset victory in 2014.  He said the state’s economy has ‘come back from the brink,’ having weathered a historic pandemic more skillfully than most other states.” (Hannah Gaskill, Bruce DePuyt, and Bennett Leckrone, “In Final State of the State Speech, Hogan Claims Victories, Lays Out Plan for Remaining Months.” Maryland Matters, 2/2/22)

Daily Record:  “Hogan’s roughly 20-minute speech was part promotion of his legislative agenda — touching on tax cuts and criminal justice and public safety issues — and part victory lap, showcasing what he sees as his accomplishments over two terms.” (Bryan Sears,  “Hogan pushes legislative agenda, touts accomplishments in annual address.” Daily Record, 2/2/22)

WMDT:  “‘The Governor’s slogan has always been, ‘Get Maryland back in business, keep Maryland open for business’ and he certainly has held true to that from my perspective,’ Senator Addie Eckardt said.”  (Anissa Lopez, “MD lawmakers weigh in on State of the State Address and future goals.” WMDT, 2/3/22)