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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

O'Malley to propose huge spending increase despite massive deficit

(Posted 24 Oct 2007)
Having called a special session of the General Assembly, to raise taxes to cover the massive deficit from his uncontrolled spending, Democratic Gov. O'Malley apparently plans to make his deficit problem far worse by proposing a massive, additional half-billion dollar increase in spending. No wonder his current approval rating is substantially lower than that of his Republican predecessor.

Sun Exclusive; Insuring 100,000, plugging shortfall; $2 billion O'Malley initiative readied for Assembly.
Sun, 24 Oct 2007 (Smitherman).
The Maryland General Assembly will consider a $500 million health care proposal to extend medical coverage to more than 100,000 uninsured residents during the special session called by Gov. Martin O'Malley to tackle the state's fiscal problems.
Majority For Slots In Md. Increases; Poll Covers Plans To Reduce Deficit.
Post, 24 Oct 2007 (Wagner & Cohen).
. . . Only 31 percent said they think O'Malley has accomplished "a lot" or "a fair amount" in his first year. By contrast, 50 percent had said they thought Ehrlich had accomplished "a lot" or "a fair amount" in his first year as governor. . . .

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