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Friday, October 12, 2007

MD Taxers: Tax'n'spend O'Malley ready to announce special session

(Posted 12 Oct 2007)
O'Malley Will Announce Md. Special Session; Session, Set to Begin Oct. 29, Will Take Action to Close $1.7 Billion Budget Shortfall.
Post, 12 Oct 2007 (Wagner).
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) plans to announce on Monday a high-risk special session of the General Assembly with the hope of securing quick action on his plans to close a looming $1.7 billion budget shortfall, his office said yesterday.

Administration officials acknowledged that there is no guarantee that the session, scheduled to start as early as Oct. 29, will be a success, given the governor has not yet secured consensus on several aspects of a complicated plan, including a proposal to legalize slot-machine gambling
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Sen. Ulysses S. Currie, chairman of the Budget and Taxation Committee, said O'Malley is taking a real gamble. "I think without consensus, it's very risky, and we don't have full buy in yet," said Currie (D-Prince George's).


O'Malley and our representatives in Annapolis had ninety days earlier this year to deal with the budget, and they have ninety more days coming up. Do we really have to add to the deficit to pay for a special session just because they refuse to do the job when they are supposed to?

When my expenses exceed my income, I cut back on my expenses, I don't go out and beg or steal from people. Rather than cut spending, O'Malley seems to want to steal more more from me and beg more moeny from gamblers--many of them among the poorer people in the state. But, I guess that's what the mahority of people wanted.

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