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November 13, 2008

Governor Addresses Maryland Chamber

Governor Martin O'Malley - Photo by John Drew

Governor Martin O’Malley thanked the Maryland Chamber for its support of the successful slots referendum and discussed Maryland’s economic future during the Chamber’s recent Business Policy Conference in Cambridge.

“I want to say something that perhaps has not often been heard from Democratic Governors at the Chamber of Commerce, thank you for your partnership and especially for your support on the passage of Question 2. It wouldn’t have happened without you,” O’Malley said.

With the referendum behind us, the Governor turned his attention to the national economic downturn. He discussed Maryland’s economy and his Administration’s priorities.

As the country comes out of the current economic downturn, O’Malley said he has faith that Maryland will rebound faster than other states. He pointed to the state’s strength in biotech and life sciences and the fact that Maryland is one of seven states with a Triple A bond rating and one of nine states with positive job growth.

He also discussed the 40,000 to 60,000 jobs coming to Maryland as a result of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). “We would like more dollars to do more road improvements, and more traffic and intersection redesigns more quickly; but we are focused on the jobs that are coming,” he said.

Read the Governor’s complete remarks here (pdf).

Photo by John Drew, Professional Image Photography, the Maryland Chamber’s Official Photographer.

Here is a video of the Governor’s remarks. We apologize for the poor audio quality.

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