Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says his second term in office will focus on many things, but jobs will be at the top.
The first of five forums O'Malley will hold before his inauguration focused on jobs and the economy. Speaking at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, O'Malley says during the next two years, he wants to create, save or place state residents into 250,000 jobs. The governor concedes that could be a difficult task, as there will be very little state money to help.
"Shortly after the election, we sat down and starting having our first budget meeting. And talk about cold water -- we have a lot of cuts and difficult things to do," he says.
O'Malley says the best state agencies and recipients of state money can hope for is that their funding stays the same as last year, adding most will see a cut.