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Assignment #1: Reaction Paper: Governor Hogan’s State of the State Address

Assignment One: Reaction Paper: Governor Hogan’s State of the State Address

Due Date: Watch (or read the transcript later) the 2021 State of the State Address. The paper is due February 12, in Blackboard by 12 Noon.

Plan to watch the Maryland 2021 State of the State Address that will be delivered by Governor Hogan on DATE TBD, 2021 at 12 Noon and repeated at 7:00 pm MPT (Maryland Public Television). MPT will be live streaming the address on their website

If you are unable to watch, a replay and or transcript should be available at or or at

After reviewing the speech, please respond to the following questions:

  1. Identify at least 3 social problems, related to or impacting working families, that were discussed in the speech.
  2. For each of the 3 problems that you identify, answer the following:
    1. What group of people or population is most impacted by this social problem?
    2. According to his speech, what is Governor Hogan’s position on it addressing this social problem? What is the impact of his recommendation on the affected group of people or population?
    3. If Governor Hogan’s position or recommendations to address the social problem does not happen, what is the impact on the affected group or population? Is there a counter argument to help the affected group?
  3. How does this discussion match with your expectations as a social worker?
  4. What policies were mentioned in the speech that will or could have an impact on US business and employees? How might some of the policies mentioned affect the workplace, EAPs, and the delivery of human services to working families?
  5. As an emerging social work professional, where is your greatest impact to help make progress in any one of the social problems you identified?

Paper Format: Papers should be 4-5 pages, double spaced. Papers should be submitted with the following subheadings:

  • Social Problem #1
  • Social Problem #2
  • Social Problem #3
  • Policy Discussion
  • Personal Application

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