Martin O`Malley on Budget & Economy



Closed $1.7 billion budget deficit in 7 years

Q: Your state budget has a fairly large deficit. What happened there?

O'MALLEY: Yeah. We have been restoring fiscal responsibility for these last seven years. We inherited a $1.7 billion deficit from our predecessor. We're on the verge of closing that. In the budget that I submit this week, we will close it without any new taxes. Part of what drives our budget, of course, is the economy and the pace of this recession. And it has been an extended recession. However, I've cut more in spending than any governor in modern history, and yet we've also been able to make the record investments in education, transportation infrastructure and innovation. And what we also have been able to do is to maintain a AAA bond rating

Q: But if I understand you, there will be no deficit projected into next year?

O'MALLEY: Those forecasts depend on what sort of rate of growth you put into the economy. The best way for every state to reduce its deficit is for our national economy to grow at a faster pace.

Source: CNN SOTU 2014 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2014

Middle-out economics instead of trickle-down economics

Q: Over the last seven years, you've raised state income taxes on the top 15%. You supported same-sex marriage, the Dream Act, gun control. Now, you're looking at an increase in the minimum wage.

O'MALLEY: Well, I believe that the people of our state and, also, the people of our country, want us to make choices on their behalf that yield results, results that make our economy grow by making our middle class grow. And I'm proud of each of those things. I'm proud of the people of our state. But, also, being an inclusive people, respecting the dignity of every individual, these things are also good for an economy. These things are good for building an innovation economy and attracting the most talented workforce. I think they all go together. What the people of our country want is not ideology, not trickle-down economics, but middle-out economics, where we strengthen our middle class to grow our economy and to give our kids a better future.

Source: CNN SOTU 2014 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2014

Obama inherited worst economy since the Great Depression

Facts are facts: No president since Franklin Roosevelt in the Great Depression inherited a worse economy, bigger job losses or deeper problems from his predecessor. But Pres. Obama is moving America forward, not back.

Romney wants to take America back. Back to what? Back to the failed policies that drove us into a deep recession? Back to the days of record job losses? Instead of a balanced, achievable plan to create jobs and reduce the deficit, Romney says he will cut taxes for millionaires.

Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 4, 2012

Limit budget growth to below inflation

Facing structural deficits amounting to more than $4 billion in the years to come, I ask you to approve a rate of growth in this year’s budget that is just 2.5%--now that is lower than the rate of inflation, and it is lower than last year’s 12% rate of growth in government spending, and it is lower than 9 of the last 10 state budgets.
Source: 2007 State of the State Address , Jan 31, 2007

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MD Senatorial:
Barbara Mikulski
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Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Newly-elected 2014:
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
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Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry

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