BALTIMORE (WJZ)—In less than 24 hours, Governor Martin O’Malley will address Marylanders about his vision for the next four years. But before he does that, he sat down with Vic Carter for a one-on-one discussion about his priorities.
When Governor Martin O’Malley takes the podium for his state of the state address, it’s with a different perspective than last year.
A resounding victory in the election gives him a second chance, but the economy and a huge budget deficit still loom.
Carter: Governor, what will we hear from you that will be different in the state of the state that we didn’t here when you laid out your legislative agenda?
O’Malley: What I plan to lay out is how we go from being a state that is stronger than other states to being a state that is stronger after the recession than we are right now.
Carter: The Gonzalez poll came out. You got some pretty good numbers– 58 percent.
O’Malley: That was before the people got stalled on the JFX.
Carter: Are you a better leader now than you were four years ago?
O’Malley: Gosh, I hope so. I try to learn everyday in this job. I think the day that as an elected official you’re not waking up in the morning hoping to become wiser and to learn something more is the day you should hang up your cleats and find something else to do. So, I believe I’m better at this.
Carter: Look in your crystal ball. Four years from now…
O’Malley: I wish I had a crystal ball. That would make this job so much easier.
Carter: Four years from now, I predict that you and I will have an opportunity to talk once again, and I will ask you what’s next.
O’Malley: I have no idea what’s next. I do know that for the next four years I’m going to throw all my energy into being the most effective governor that I can possibly be. I think these are exciting times.
O’Malley says despite the down economy, Maryland is still seen as a leader in education and scientific innovation and research.