Gov. Larry Hogan has been describing Maryland's economy in dismal terms for a long time, but as he delivered his first State of the State speech Wednesday, he made a startling new claim that Maryland was the worst state in the United States for manufacturing.
"We're number three in the nation in foreclosures, and dead last in manufacturing," he told the General Assembly.
The governor is wrong.
Maryland may not have the nation's most robust manufacturing sector, but it's not at the bottom.
Hogan's staff, asked whether they could support the claim, provided a chart from the National Association of Manufacturers showing Maryland ranking 7th from the bottom among the states. Not great, but hardly dead last.
The low ranking was a reflection of the Washington region's dependence on the federal government at a time of budget sequestration and a government shutdown. The District of Columbia showed an 0.5 percent decline, while Virginia grew by only 0.1 percent to come in 48th.