Our taxes that is...
The democraps are at it again... And if you think this is bad just let them get a veto-proof majority in Congress in '08!
Try living in Maryland... interesting about our Democratic Comptroller, though (I highlited it.)
O'Malley warns of high 'cost of delay'
Outlines budget cuts before special session
By James Drew | Sun reporter
October 24, 2007
Gov. Martin O'Malley described yesterday a scary scenario if the General Assembly fails to take action during a special session starting Monday to eliminate a projected $1.7 billion shortfall in the state budget next year.
The first-term Democratic governor released a 20-page report, dubbed the "Cost of Delay" budget, that outlines cuts of $850 million to local jurisdictions and $800 million to state agencies and programs. Democratic legislative leaders released a similar list of doomsday cuts over the summer in arguing for new revenue measures.
"If for some reason a consensus on the revenue package should elude us, I would be left to put forward this budget of cuts when we come back in the regular session," O'Malley said.
House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell said, "Governance through fear is abhorrent to the American psyche."
"These are not the types of things that anybody is seriously contemplating," said O'Donnell, a Southern Maryland Republican. "The governor does not seem serious about making spending reductions. He wants to pick things that will cause fear in people."
Flanked by his Cabinet members outside the State House, O'Malley listed a number of areas that would face cuts if his package is blocked: Medicaid, education, teacher pensions, libraries, police aid, drug treatment, public health, and open space.
"I do not believe this is what the people of Maryland and their representatives would choose: a weaker state, a state where people in need of critical services are pushed off health care rolls, a state where we are not able to keep state police barracks open, a state where we have to close state parks," he said.
An hour before the news conference, Comptroller Peter Franchot released a letter cautioning Maryland legislative leaders "against acting in haste" to approve O'Malley's sweeping plan, saying the lack of an "immediate fiscal crisis" and the governor's failure to release details of his proposals could lead to "unintended consequences."
Franchot, a Democrat, repeated his call for the General Assembly to wait until the regular session starting in January to consider O'Malley's proposal.
"In my view, the volatility of the U.S. and Maryland economies, the absence of an immediate fiscal crisis and the lack of detail about the plan could all combine to create a perfect storm of unintended consequences. Rather than act in haste, the fiscally prudent and practically wise thing to do would be to move cautiously and deliberatively throughout this process," Franchot wrote in the letter to legislative leaders.
O'Malley warns of high 'cost of delay' -- baltimoresun.com