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President Obama on Maryland’s Better Choices

President Obama praised Maryland’s “smart choices.”

By Raquel Guillory, Director of Communications

In case you missed it, this morning at the National Governors Association annual meeting, President Obama praised Maryland’s “smart choices” that have enabled us to nearly eliminate the $1.7 billion structural deficit we inherited in 2007 and preserve our AAA bond rating, while at the same time investing to keep college affordable and create the #1 schools in America for five years in a row.

We wanted to share the three graphs above, related to the President’s remarks.

We’ve also created jobs. In fact, Maryland has recovered jobs after the national recession at the 8th fastest rate in the nation, and faster than any other state in our region.

Here’s the full text and video of what President Obama said:

“So it’s prioritizing, making smart choices. That’s how Governor O’Malley in Maryland put his state on track to all but eliminate his deficit while keeping tuition down and making Maryland’s public schools among the best in the nation for five years running.”

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jag February 27, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Exactly. And exactly why most of us enjoy living in Maryland as opposed to, say, Alabama. Liberals w/their great schools and high incomes. It's so terrible that it'll be this way for years to come.
M. Sullivan February 28, 2013 at 02:27 PM
The best "smart choice" that most Marylanders could make would be to move to Virginia!
reader February 28, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Maryland has put its lips around the teat of government and has suckled their for a very long time. If that teat goes dry (read reduced government) they will have a problem. If you look at Maryland as an investor you would know that diversification is the keys to investment success. We have, in many ways, destroyed the manufacturing sector by way of high taxes and fees both on business and wage earners. In turn many businesses and individuals have left the State or will not start businesses here when taxes are compared to other, more friendly climes. If you believe you are not overtaxed and that our government at all levels is not too big, that's fine, we will have to disagree.
patricia March 02, 2013 at 01:28 PM
You asked Whazat, about liberal progressives? Check out today's Patch, with the upcoming events. The MARYLAND PROGRESSIVE SUMMIT is being on the March 4, in Annapolis. All of the politicians named are DEMOCRATS. Or shall I say used to be Democrats.
david gormley March 05, 2013 at 04:13 PM
I second "reader's" emotion. and as for "jag", I'd leave MD in a heartbeat if my house wasn't so upside down (original loan, no refi's) So I can't take advantage of your "love it or leave it" attitude. MOM is chasing a lot of big businesses out of MD, so what's next? MOM will have to raise our taxes again to make up for the loses.

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