Gov. O'Malley Living in a Fantasy Land, Says Carroll's Delegate Ready

Two of Carroll County's state representatives weigh in on Gov. O'Malley's State of the State Address.

Gov. Martin O'Malley. Credit: Patch File Photo
Gov. Martin O'Malley. Credit: Patch File Photo
In his last State of the State Address, Gov. Martin O’Malley touted his administration’s achievements and explained his vision for how the state’s economy will prosper in the future. Some of Carroll's representatives weighed in after the address, suggesting O'Malley is living in a fantasy land. 

Delegate Justin Ready (R-Carroll) said “Governor O’Malley’s State of the State Address was more a state of Fantasy Island."  

Ready said that in spite of what O'Malley said about his successes with the economy, that he believes O'Malley's economic policies have negatively impacted citizens and businesses. 

“The Governor talks about helping the middle class and improving the economy but 80 tax and fee hikes and a 32 percent increase in state spending during his administration are actions that are inconsistent with that goal,” Ready said in a statement.

O'Malley admitted the state’s glitch-filled health care exchange website has failed to live up to expectations.

“The health care website failed to perform as designed when it was launched—a source of great frustration—especially for those who were trying to obtain health care for the first time,” O’Malley said.

Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley (R-Carroll) and Ready agree that the "botched" rollout of the state's health care exchange has cost Marylanders millions.

"Governor O’Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown had hoped their crowning achievement would be Maryland’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare," Brinkley said in a statement. "Instead, it is the model of governmental and bureaucratic malpractice. Additional information is coming out about the colossal failure of this initiative every day." 

O’Malley also used his speech to talk about his administration’s fiscal discipline in cutting the state budget $9.1 billion, nearly eliminating a $1.7 billion structural deficit and building the state’s Rainy Day Fund to $800 million.  

Brinkley said that he disagrees with O'Malley's math.

"But the reality is this: his first budget was just over $29.5 billion; the budget he submitted to the Legislature last week is nearly $39.5 billion," Brinkley said.  That’s almost 33 percent more spending over the course of their two terms."

Ready and Brinkley also spoke out against the "burdensome rain tax," Maryland's dependance on the federal government and policies that they say hurt small business.

Want more? Watch O’Malley’s address.  

What do you think? Has Maryland fared well under O'Malley's reign? 

Patch editor Deb Belt contributed to this article. 
Buck Harmon January 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Massive corruption has always been fueled by the gambling industry. MD has some of the most corrupt elected officials in the US. We are being led by mere corruption at every level and there 's not a damn thing being done about it at this point. Apathy rules...
removeThisAccountPlease January 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM
don't forget the others that I've been trying to vote out for years and it never works... Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer....they all need to go, and likely never will since MD is such a liberal state.
PH January 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM
One more thing to note re: the casinos. All revenue from casinos was SUPPOSED to go to education. To date, NONE has.
JoeEldersburg January 28, 2014 at 07:42 PM
I remember it actually as education AND horse racing...slots were such a "bad" idea when it was Ehrlich's, but as soon as it was O'Malley's, it was such a good idea that they were compelled to expand it to table games and even substantially roll back the tax rate for the gambling interests without even a study to support the decision. The first casino licenses required bidders to make $15 million non-refundable sealed bids. Now Caeser's (Horseshoe) & MGM can simply say they want to invest a few hundred million in real estate development, get the localities to roll over with the promise of "economic development" and away they go. The political dirtbags in the legislature just bend over backwards to sell out the public interests, pretending all the while that they are not the direct beneficiaries of all the dirty money. What a joke!
PH January 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Thanks, JoeE. I completely forgot about horse racing. This lame duck governor and his ilk are going to try to shove thru as much as they can before leaving office this year. Mark my words on that one. Hold onto your wallets....and everything else you can think of.


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