In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley continues to make dire predictions for next year's state budget, as he prepares to be inaugurated again.
O'Malley will be inaugurated for his second term in office in less than a month, and he's embarking on a set of forums across the state to focus on the many goals he has for his second four years.
The first stop was at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, where O'Malley outlined his goal for job creation: "To create, save or place residents into 250,000 jobs in Maryland by 2012."
Achieving that will not be easy. O'Malley says the forthcoming state budget looks bleak.
"The best we will be able to do in your state budget for many, many worthy priorities, will be to level fund them. That will the best we're able to do. Most cases, we're actually going to have to continue to make painful cuts," he says.
Other forums will focus on child health, public safety and education.