Republican Gov. Larry Hogan emphasized bipartisanship in his third State of the State speech Wednesday, pressing the Democrat-controlled General Assembly to approve the most ambitious legislative agenda of his term.
He bypassed any mention of the political divisions roiling the country.
Instead, the popular moderate — who is frequently at odds with legislative leaders — focused on state policy. He characterized their work over the past two years as having “chosen action over apathy” and said he had delivered on the “unifying promise of bipartisan change.”
He pledged to eventually eliminate all taxes on retiree income, and asked lawmakers to take an up or down vote on his proposal to have an independent commission redraw congressional boundaries.