Our story, Maryland's story, is the story of better choices and better results. When the national recession hit -- wiping out jobs and revenues all across our country including here -- other states tried to cut their way to prosperity. We made better choices.
We used the pressure of sinking revenues to make government more efficient and effective. We cut more spending than any other administration in our State's history while maintaining our Triple A bond rating and investing in our shared priorities. Better choices. Better results. The proof is in our progress.
No other state can say at once that they are #1 in education five years in a row. #1 in holding down the cost of college tuition. #1 in innovation and entrepreneurship. #1 in human capital capacity. #1 in access to dental care for all children, regardless of income. #1 in PHD scientists and researchers. #1 in Research and Development. #1 in businesses owned by women. #1 in median family income. And we're not done yet.
With too many of our fellow citizens still looking for work, we still have a long way to go, but as we emerge from the toughest of economic times, the State of our State is strong, and we are growing stronger still.