ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Gov. Martin O'Malley spent nearly all of his eight-year tenure struggling against the Great Recession and its aftermath to maintain record spending on state schools - and raising taxes to help pay for education and other priorities.
The Democratic governor also won legislative victories on social issues over the years to create a liberal resume for a potential presidential run in 2016.
As O'Malley leaves office Wednesday, his willingness to push through tax increases to avoid bigger cuts will characterize his legacy, along with wins appealing to liberals such as legalizing same-sex marriage and raising the minimum wage.
He also made environmental concerns a priority and, despite his misgivings, paved the way to developing casino gambling in the state.