Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will attempt to sell Maryland lawmakers on an ambitious agenda, including several tax increases, during his sixth State of the State address, scheduled at noon on Wednesday.
Watch the governor’s address here at noon, followed by the Republican response:
During the 90-day session, O’Malley is pushing to legalize same-sex marriage, to invest hundreds of millions of dollars more in transportation and other infrastructure projects, to jump-start the state’s wind-power industry and to alter the way the state pays for teacher pensions.
To pay for those and other priorities, and to help close a budget shortfall, the governor has asked to raises incomes taxes on the top 20 percent of Marylanders, to apply the 6 percent sales tax to gasoline, to increase collection of the so-called “flush tax” and to raise several other levies.
A Washington Post poll published this week showed that O’Malley lacks clear public support for several of his key agenda items.
Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin (R-Cecil) is scheduled to give the Republican response to O’Malley’s address.
In addition to county executives and former governors, dignitaries expected to attend Wednesday’s speech include ambassadors to the United States from Mexico, Ireland, Japan, Russia and Korea.