Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will deliver the first “State of the State” speech of his second term — and his fifth such speech overall — on Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know.
When is the “State of the State” speech happening?
The speech is at noon Wednesday, Jan. 30.
The House of Delegates and the state Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m., and senators will cross the hall of the State House to the larger House chamber for the speech. Hogan will be escorted to the House chamber by a bipartisan team of lawmakers.
You also can listen from the General Assembly’s website. Proceedings on the floor of the House aren’t yet available on video; House Speaker Michael Busch has promised they will be for the 2020 session.
What’s the governor going to talk about?
While Hogan’s second inaugural speech earlier this month focused on broad themes of service and bipartisanship, expect more specifics in this speech.
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According to excerpts Hogan’s office released Wednesday morning, he will discuss some targeted tax credits and more oversight of local school systems.
As “Never Trump” Republicans encourage him to run for president in 2020, Hogan will emphasize bipartisan governing, as he did in his inaugural speech earlier this month.
“We have shown the rest of America that a divided government does not have to be a divisive government,” the text of Hogan’s speech says. “We did our very best to put the people’s priorities ahead of the current national obsessions with partisanship, while striving to change Maryland for the better.”