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Who's In First? Governor Haley Could Learn From Maryland's Success

Who's In First? Governor Haley Could Learn From Maryland's Success

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Take a look at a side by side comparison of a few key issues in Maryland under Governor O’Malley and South Carolina under Governor Haley. The facts speak for themselves on which governor has better served the people of their state and Governor Haley has much she could learn from Maryland’s success.
Take a look at a side by side comparison of a few key issues in Maryland under Governor O’Malley and South Carolina under Governor Haley. The facts speak for themselves on which governor has better served the people of their state and Governor Haley has much she could learn from Maryland’s success.

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WHO’S IN FIRST?
 
GOVERNOR HALEY COULD LEARN FROM MARYLAND’S SUCCESS
 Maryland South CarolinaJOBS:Maryland has asignificantly lowerunemployment rate than
Haley’s South Carolina.
 
Unemployment rate: 6.7%[BLS]  Unemployment ranking: #20[BLS]  Unemployment rate: 8.7%[BLS]  Unemployment ranking: #42[BLS] 
ECONOMY:Maryland leads thenation in supportinginnovation and growing jobs from within.South Carolina has anunfriendly climate forbusiness and is losingvital human resources.Maryland Ranks #1 forEntrepreneurship and Innovation.
TheUS Chamber of Commerce rankedMaryland #1 in Entrepreneurship andInnovation in their 2012 EnterprisingStates report and in the Top Five forEconomic Performance for the thirdyear in a row. According to the report,
“The state places first on the
innovation list due to its highconcentrations of high-tech activityand research. Maryland is in a primelocation to serve growing demand forhigh-tech services in the Washington,DC region. Those high concentrationsof technology workers and technologycompanies are a sign the state isexcelling at translating its academic
research to the private sector.”[
South Carolina Municipalities LagCounterparts In GraduateRetention.
 
“A recent study by the
Brookings Institution shows that
29.8 percent of Columbia’s
workforce has a college degree
 –
 this in a town that has fiveaccredited colleges anduniversities, includin
g the state’s
flagship University of SouthCarolina. Columbia ranks 43rdamong the top 100 metropolitanareas in the country, according tothe study. As cities and states tryto claw back from the recentdownturn in the economy andpump up the creation of entrepreneurial and high-tech jobs, retaining college graduatesis seen as a measuring stick for
success… By comparison to
Columbia, two very similar cities,Madison, Wis., and Austin, Texas
 –
both are medium-sized cities,state capitals and home toflagship universities
 –
rank 5thand 8th respectively. In Madison,43.3 percent of the workforce hasa college degree, the studyshows. In Austin it is 39.4
percent.” Charleston ranked 30th
with a 31.9 percent college-educated workforce; Greenvilleranked 68th with 26.9 percent.[The State, 9/3/12] 
 
HIGHER EDUCATION:Maryland has held highereducation costs down tolead the country.South Carolina continuesto have the highest rateof tuition in the Southand one of the highest inthe country.
Under O’Malley, Maryland Has Held
Down the Cost of College TuitionBetter than Any State in the Nation.
According to the College Board, nostate has done more to hold the lineon rising tuition costs than Maryland.
The Governor’s proposed FY2014
budget keeps tuition growth at
Maryland’s colleges and universities at
3% for the fourth year in a row.
[“Trends in College Pricing,” TheCollege Board, 10/24/12;
,” Maryland
Department of Budget andManagement, 1/16/13]
S.C. public colleges have highesttuition in South.
An education group said SouthCa
rolina’s public colleges charge
the highest tuition among 16Southern states. The SouthernRegional Education Board, whichreported the figures, said part of the reason is because statelawmakers do not fund publiccolleges at the same level as thetwo neighboring states. [AP,8/9/2010] 
PUBLIC EDUCATION:
Maryland’s public schools
have ranked #1 in thecountry for half a decadeand their students areexcelling.Sou
th Carolina’s students
are falling further behindthe country.Education Week Has Ranked
Maryland’s Public Schools as #1 in the
Nation Five Years in a Row.
 
[
,” Education Week Magazine,
1/10/13]
Maryland K-12 Students Continue toExcel.
Last year, Maryland elementaryschool students achieved their highestMaryland School Assessment (MSA)scores ever in both reading and math.
Maryland’s middle sc
hool studentsachieved their highest scores ever inmath. In 2012, a record 87% of 
Maryland’s 12th grade students
graduated high school and from 2007to 2010, Maryland has cutthe achievement gap between whiteand black students in elementaryschool math and reading by more than
a quarter. Maryland’s students are also
#1 in AP success for the 7thconsecutive year according to The
College Board. [
,” Maryland State Department of 
Education,
Viewed 3/3/13;
,” The College
Board, 2/13/13]
South Carolina’s NAE
P ReportCard shows students are notmaking the grade.
Reading scoresof 4th graders in SC declined,math and other subject continueto be lower than nation[NAEP  South Carolina Report Card].
South Carolina has one of theworst public school graduationrates in the country.
[EducationWeek 2012 Diplomas Count] 
SC students falling furtherbehind the country on scores
.SAT scores in SC have declined for5 straight years, even whilescores nationally increased forpublic school students. Only 8 of 
South Carolina’s 85 public school
districts scored above thenational average. [Center onEducation Policy, accessed3/19/2013] 
LEADERSHIP:
O’Malley Improved Government
Performance with Nationally-3.7 million South Carolinianswere exposed to identity theft

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