Hogan Sounds Bipartisan Tone in State of the State Speech
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan gave his second annual State of the State address Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Annapolis. (Photo credit: MPT live stream)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC)- Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is sounding a bipartisan tone in his annual State of the State speech, but Democrats are calling it a "feel-good" speech that lacks details.
Hogan told the Democratic-led General Assembly on Wednesday "there is so much we can find agreement on." He is pushing for modest tax cuts, and thanked Democrats for working with him last year to get started.
Hogan also says he wants reforms to break the cycle of incarceration in the criminal justice system and create an environment to economic opportunity.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says the governor's speech was much better than last year's, which angered lawmakers when Hogan said the state's economy was floundering. Still, Miller says this year's speech "wasn't a problem-solving speech" or "a moving-the-state-forward speech."