A Picture Says a Thousand Words – The antithesis of Maryland Dysfunctional Government


The 3 Evil Doers of Maryland

A pictures says a thousands words.  The antithesis of Maryland Dysfunctional Government.

Here’s a preview of our annual pre-General Assembly session editorial suggesting topics for lawmakers to take up during the next 90 days. Do you agree or disagree? What topics are we leaving out? The best comments will appear alongside the editorial in the print edition on Sunday.

Maryland lawmakers prefer the final year of a four-year term to be quiet and non-controversial as they face an election year. The General Assembly session set to begin this Wednesday is likely to prove nothing of the sort for a variety of reasons.

First and foremost, legislators are expected to struggle to pass a budget. Despite a promise of no growth in general fund spending, the state is facing more than a $1 billion shortfall in the next fiscal year and, after two years of falling tax revenue, will be forced to cut programs that have been cut before.

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/2010/01/an_agenda_for_the_general_asse.html

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Diana Kemp on January 9, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    The Medicade concerns should be top priority because the State is losing money. I realize that there is a budget crunch but they need more people out there finding fraud. If you do not have the staff to audit and find the money going down the drain then the State will be losing precious dollars. In addition, they need to find fraud in the welfare and food stamp programs. There is alot of fraud that remains unchecked. In my opinion, they should concentrate on where there is money that is due and payable to the State and if they need to hire extra manpower to find it, then so be it. Hire contractuals it will be cheaper.

    Although I would like to see some campaign reform I am doubtful that will occur. In this day and age, it is all about money and not people. Special interest groups that donate to campaigns come before constituents, both on a federal and a state level. It has been going on way too long and I would like to see some accountability to the people for a change.

    When it comes to the budget, I would like to see them held to zero increase in spending for 2011 and be denied any purchases that are not necessary. In addition, it is time to evaluate the disparity grants and thornton.

    Lastly, if State workers are furloughed and/or put on a 35 hour work week, which it is rumored is coming, ALL LEGISLATORS, JUDGES, UNIVERSITIES, should have to follow suit and give back what state workers will be giving back. NO ONE should get an increase in salary … that would include Judges, Legislators and the Governor himself.

    I also feel that they need to revisit the Fair Share Act which requires that state employees who do not belong to a union, must pay a fee to the union. This will give the union between 8-10 million dollars a year from workers who want nothing to do with a union. They have not yet instituted that because it would make them look foolish to do so when state workers are giving so much back to the state. It needs to be repealed. We do not want a union and there is nothing a union can do, as has been prove the last year, to help us in this situation.

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