Gov. Larry Hogan is set to give his annual State of the State address today.
While governors typically use the occasion to tout their successes in office, it also offers an opportunity to provide an annual check-up on the health of the state using publicly available data.
In several ways, Maryland seems better off since Hogan, a Republican, took office in 2015. The state’s economy is doing better. Fewer people are out of work. And more people are earning college degrees.
But in other areas — particularly crime and drug overdoses — the state is struggling.
Out state of the economy was floundering
structural deficit which we inherited.
We did it while cutting taxes three years in a row.
As jobs have increased, the ranks of the jobless have shrunk. Mirroring a national trend, unemployment has declined steadily in Maryland. In December 2014, 5.5 percent of Marylanders were unemployed. Today just 4 percent are.
We are making record investments for innovative traffic relief with major improvements to the Baltimore Beltway, I-95, the Capital Beltway, Route 270, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.