ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — A gala was held Wednesday night celebrating the inauguration of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. The governor is returning for four more years and beginning his term with a battle over the budget.
Vic Carter reports hundreds gathered at the Fifth Regiment Armory in downtown Baltimore Wednesday night to celebrate O’Malley’s second inauguration.
The governor was sworn in earlier Wednesday at the State House in Annapolis. Because of the state of the economy, this year’s inaugural celebration was toned down from previous years.
“We are in a period of profound economic change. It is a change that will affect all of our lives and, more importantly, the lives of all of our children for the better or for the worse,” O’Malley said.
The state is facing a projected $1.8 billion deficit, a big concern for many Marylanders.
“Of course it’s budget-driven and we’re looking forward that state workers are not going to be crushed under that budget,” said one.
“It’s been really hard finding work and I know a lot of people are out of work, myself included, so hopefully things will get better,” said Janet Monteverdi, volunteer.
O’Malley will unveil his budget Friday. He is also scheduled to deliver a State of the State address next month.