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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining Delaware education officials to announce the state's second round of Pathways to Prosperity grants.

Monday's announcement involves grants to high schools to offer students the opportunity to gain workplace experience and earn college credit in high-demand fields.

Those fields include finance, health care and information technology.

Markell proposed the initiative in his State of the State address earlier this year as a way to help prepare Delaware's future workforce.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Leading Maryland Democrats say they believe much of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's first legislative agenda will have trouble passing this year.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said Thursday the tone of Hogan's State of the State speech frustrated them and other Democrats.

Miller, a Calvert County Democrat, says he sees "very, very little in that speech that is going to become law." The Senate has 33 Democrats and 14 Republicans.

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Governor Larry Hogan laid out an ambitious plan in his first state of the state address beginning with a promise to begin his efforts to bring tax relief to Marylanders.

The Republican blamed high taxes, over regulation and an anti-business atmosphere for the struggling state economy.

Hogan’s tax program ranged from repealing income taxes on pensions for retired military, police, fire and first responders to doing away with automatic increase in the gas tax and a cut in personal property taxes for small business.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will be delivering his first State of the State speech.

The speech, which is scheduled for noon on Wednesday in Annapolis, is expected to provide more detail about Hogan's main goals for the legislative session.

Doug Mayer, a spokesman for the governor, says Hogan plans to outline his legislative agenda in the speech, which will take place in the House of Delegates.

He also says Hogan will talk about some tax relief the Republican governor is backing this session.

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ANNAPOLIS (AP) - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley highlighted his administration's successes while noting problems the state has had with its health care exchange.

The Democrat reflected on his time in office as he gave his eithth and last State of the State address.

He talked about a sweeping a gun-control measure the General Assembly approved last year and the state's  repeal of the death penalty as notable successes. he also underscored Maryland's passage of same-sex marriage rights and a version of the Dream Act.

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State of the State Address

Governor Martin O’Malley is set to give his seventh State of the State address to the General Assembly at noon today.

Legislators will be looking to see what the governor has to say about funding transportation projects which could include a hike tax hike.

Unlike previous years the state is not facing a dire budgetary shortfall that at one point approached $2 billion.

The Maryland Democrat has also joined other counter parts in proposing gun control measures and school safety legislation.

During his state of the state address, Governor Martin O'Malley asked for more revenue to shore up transportation and education in Maryland. However, Republicans responded by sharply criticizing the Governor's tax proposals as well as his executive order, PlanMaryland, that would coordinate state and local actions to control development.